Thursday, February 23, 2017

Conduct Update: Delta Upsilon

Delta Upsilon has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an incident on February 11, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
Respect for Others D1 (Hazing)
Hazing as defined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Respect for Community I1 (Posted Rules and Regulations)
Violating any Lehigh University policies, rules, or regulations, including but not limited to, residential living policies (General Provisions for Occupancy) and policies related to the use of the university computer network.

Respect for Community A1 (False Information)
Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Message from the Provost and Student Affairs

Dear Students,

We’re writing to clear up some inaccurate accounts of what have been described as excessive or punitive actions by the University toward Greek chapters through enforcement of underage drinking laws, anti-hazing policies and similar activities.

There have been several recent incidents reported, principally involving several Greek chapters. In addition to reports of hazing, there are concerns regarding social policy violations, irresponsible distribution and consumption of alcohol and failure to seek immediate help for others whose health or safety is at risk due to excessive alcohol consumption. The University’s medical amnesty policy is in place to ensure that students seek immediate help and medical attention for fellow students whose health or safety is at risk.

In accordance with long-standing university policy, we have required the fraternity chapters where these actions allegedly took place to suspend all new member activities until an investigation into these allegations can be completed. These investigations will be completed in a thorough and professional manner.

It is a baseline expectation to have students who attend Lehigh feel safe, and to not feel pressured to act in any way that puts their own health and safety at risk. Please remember that the University cares first and foremost about your health and safety. When we become aware of circumstances where health and safety are compromised, we have a moral obligation and a legal responsibility to examine these circumstances more closely. Hazing is a not only a violation of state law and university policy, it is also antithetical to our community’s most basic values.

Further, we cannot tolerate circumstances in which students end up requiring medical attention for dangerously high blood alcohol levels. In a recent case, one student was found unconscious and was so impaired that hospitalization for severe alcohol poisoning was required.

There has been a great deal of misinformation circulating through social media, some of which implies that there is a focused effort to undermine the Greek system at Lehigh. This is false. Reports that Greek chapters are being “raided,” or that students are being “lined up and forced to submit to breathalyzer tests” are also not true.

The Greek system has been and remains a strong part of our institutional history. We fully support groups and organizations that encourage personal growth and well-being, development of leadership skills, philanthropic activities, institutional pride and social affinity. What we will not support is activity that threatens the health, safety or inclusiveness of our community.

Unfortunately, even a small minority of members can act in ways that put themselves or others at risk. We must hold those individuals – and those who support them – accountable.

Adherence to both our community standards of behavior and the law is part of a clear understanding between the university and the students who choose to participate in Greek life. All students are required to follow all applicable policies, including the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The expectations for behavior are outlined, as are the consequences for disregarding those guidelines.

We affirm our pledge to work with you to create and sustain an environment we can all feel proud of, and we encourage you to seek support from the dedicated staff of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, or university administrators, offices or other resources.

To report hazing, you can submit an anonymous hazing reporting form, contact the anonymous National Hazing Hotline at 888-NOT-Haze or call the Lehigh University Police Department at 610-758-4200.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, as part of the responsibility of being a member of our Lehigh community, we also ask you to stand up and speak out if your health or a fellow student’s health and safety are at risk. Please do all that you can to help and protect each other.

Patrick V. Farrell
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ian Birky
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Monday, February 20, 2017

Accreditation Schedule

The final Accreditation presentation schedule can be found here.

This week's Accreditation workshop: Unpacking the Myths of Accreditation - Wed Feb 22, 5-6:30pm - RB 271

Check out advice from your brothers and sisters across the Greek community on how to ace Accreditation!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Meet Ash Baudouin!

Ash Baudouin
Assistant Dean/Director, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts: Mass Communication from Louisiana State University (GEAUX TIGERS!!); 
Master of Arts: College Student Personnel 

Affiliation: Delta Gamma Fraternity 

Professional Highlights: Having the opportunity to work with students across their four-year journey at Lehigh.  There have been moments when I've gotten to know a first-year student during evoLUtion seminar or recruitment and, suddenly you fast forward 3-4 years, and that same student is serving in a leadership role, crushing a co-op, and moving on to bigger things.  Witnessing someone's journey and growth just fills your heart.  

Why did you decide to pursue a career in fraternity and sorority affairs? Good question. No idea.  In college a number of my mentors worked in Fraternity and Sorority Life at LSU and it clicked a some point that I could actually get paid to do much of what I loved. From there, the rest just fell into place.

High points/Favorite memories during your time at Lehigh University? Too many to name!! The late nights during sorority recruitment, dance parties at Base Camp, young alumni returning to say hello, tough love conversations with chapter/council leaders, seeing a long-term project or goal come to fruition, etc.  There are so many memories that boil down to good times with good people.

Hopes for the Lehigh Greek Community? There exists so much potential for our community to impact positive change, live up to our organizational values, and enjoy a meaningful fraternity and sorority experience.  I hope that we consciously and actively make good choices to for the betterment of ourselves, others, and our campus community.

If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing professionally? I'd most certainly be out west in Colorado working in the ski industry in the winter and for the National Park Service in the summer spreading good vibes brah!! 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Conduct Update: Sigma Phi Epsilon

As of the issuance of this letter on February 16, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Sigma Phi
Epsilon Fraternity is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into
alleged hazing that threatened the health and safety of students.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity is prohibited from conducting all new member education activities and any social activities until this suspension is lifted. This suspension applies to all organized events as well as impromptu social gatherings of members and/or guests that could be construed in any way to be a “Sigma Phi Epsilon Event”. Furthermore all members of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity are prohibited from contacting the members of the Spring 2017 new member class and new members are prohibited from contacting members of the chapter. Failure to adhere to this instruction will result in disciplinary action against individual students.

This action is being taken in accordance with Article IV of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations will begin an investigation into this incident in the immediate future and this interim suspension will remain in place until lifted by the Dean of Students.

Conduct Update: Chi Phi

As of February 16, 2017, the Psi chapter of Chi Phi is alleged with potential risk management violations.  The following information was shared with the chapter from the Chi Phi National Office:

Based upon information that has been made available regarding New Member activities, your

Chapter may be in violation of the Chi Phi Fraternity’s Personal Safety Policy, Lehigh University guidelines, and Pennsylvania State law.

Due to the severity of the alleged violations, I am imposing a temporary suspension of all New
Member activities effective immediately, until further notice. All New Member activities
including meetings, mixers, Brotherhood events, rituals and the like must cease immediately.

The National Staff will do everything possible in cooperation with the university to conclude our
investigation as quickly as possible. However, until the Chapter is notified otherwise, the
suspension will remain in effect. It is the Chapter leadership’s responsibility to communicate the
provisions of the suspension to the Chapter membership. We expect full cooperation from all
officers and members of the Chapter. Extra caution should also be taken so that the activities of
individual members are not identified as New Member activities, and that the members avoid
even the appearance of a violation of the suspension.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Feature Friday: Bri Barker, Alpha Gamma Delta

Feature Friday is back!  First up, Bri Barker from Alpha Gamma Delta...

I began working as a Ropes Course Coordinator the fall semester of my sophomore year. I had participated in the ropes course as a first year during FYE weekend, and the positive experience I had during it made me want to share that with future participants.

Being a part of the Office of Student Leadership Development as well as being a sorority member has given me a new perspective on working with others that has helped me grow as a person and a leader. Being a member of Alpha Gamma Delta has shown me how important it is to communicate and understand one another to accomplish goals set together as a chapter. Seeing what is needed to help a chapter run smoothly has helped me as a facilitator when other fraternity and sorority groups participate in the ropes course. Knowing what is like to be a member of a sorority has helped me cater courses so that other member classes or executive boards can get the most out of the course and bring back what they have learned to their chapters.

As a Ropes Course Coordinator, I am in contact with a variety of clubs and organizations, both Greek and non-Greek, on campus as well as groups in the Bethlehem community. This position has allowed me to meet new people and make new connections on campus. It has taught me that anyone can have an impact on someone else’s day or even his or her Lehigh experience and that one should always try to make it positive.

I handle a lot of the ropes course logistics and paperwork as a coordinator and it has taught me a lot about being accountable and taking responsibility for my actions. I try to take these lessons and apply them to my actions in my sorority by following through if I say I am going to a philanthropy event or even just helping out a fellow sister. I believe being a member of Alpha Gamma Delta has made me a better Ropes Course Coordinator and vice versa.

I appreciate that I am lucky enough to be a part of two amazing organizations on campus, each shaping me in different ways. My hope for the future is to have my chapter participate in the course for a sisterhood event so I can share this fun experience with them.