Cal State Fullerton's Delta Chi fraternity, facing a 13-count criminal complaint for housing code violations, has tentatively agreed to plead guilty and have members serve a total of up to 5,000 hours of community work, according to both parties in the town-gown dispute.
The house had been charged by city officials with 48 fire, health, safety and building code violations. In exchange for Delta Chi's guilty plea to 13 misdemeanor counts, City Atty. R. K. Fox said, the city will dismiss criminal action against the individual defendants. Named in charges filed last Friday were the house's three owners, fraternity president Greg Linsmeier and alumni association president Robert Sandoval, Fox said.
In the tentative agreement, the city would suspend a $6,500 fine for three years on the condition that the fraternity corrects all the violations and no similar violations are found, Fox and Sandoval said.
Fraternity members also would have to serve 5,000 hours of volunteer work in Fullerton, Fox said. But that aspect of the agreement, Sandoval said, may hit a snag because with only 22 fraternity members, 5,000 hours translates to considerable volunteer work, he pointed out.