WA Legal Roundup: Division III
Here is a frat house that may have truly earned the right to the tile Animal House. Alpha Kappa Lamda (AKL) had its recognition revoked by WSU for five years due to illegal drug and alcohol use and disregard of WSU policies. AKL appealed under arguments of lack of substantial evidence and the revocation was arbitrary and capricious.
Some of the findings against AKL included that its officers condoned illegal drug activity. The new member educator was dealing cocaine right out of the frat house and selling to some of the other officers. Some of the other AKL members were doing their part in supporting their frat brothers by intimidating witnesses who were speaking to police about the frat house activities. The secretary of the house was involved in setting up a a multi pound marijuana deal that resulted in an armed robbery at the frat house. Swell bunch of guys. Must have been business majors.
AKL fought the revocation with every weapon the Constitution provided them. I guess you could say that it was a fight for their right to party….and serve alcohol to minors…and sell cocaine…and marijuana, and Adderall and Ritalin. That is a Constitutional right….isn’t it? During the student conduct hearing one of AKL’s officers insisted that alcohol had not been served at AKL social events (aka parties). This 19 year old officer’s credibility took a tremendous blow when a picture of him drinking a beer at the house was submitted into evidence. His credibility was further questioned when one of his frat brothers blurted out “Dude you were so wasted that night.” Actually I made that last part up, but I think you get the gist of what was going on here.
In the end, Division III held that there was substantial evidence of AKL’s violations of WSU policies, hearsay evidence is admissible in student conduct hearings, and the revocation was not arbitrary and capricious.