Friday, March 24, 2017

Conduct Update: Theta Chi


As of the issuance of this letter on March 24, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into multiple anonymous reports who reported hazing behavior (ex: servitude, sleep deprivation, etc.)

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity is prohibited from conducting all new member education activities until this suspension is lifted. This includes formal new member education programs. Additionally, new members may not attend any events on or off campus with the brothers of Theta Chi. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Feature Friday: Danielle Campbell, Pi Beta Phi

Dani Campbell, Pi Beta Phi, attended both LeaderShape AND AFLV!  Read on to see what she learned...

Over the past two months I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend LeaderShape and the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Central Conference in Indianapolis.  During both of these conferences, I attended many workshops that taught me more about the world around me in college, and issues and dilemmas that I could be faced with in the future.  By learning about how to interact with other people, whether for professional or personal reasons, I was able to grow professionally and personally.  With various workshops on personal development, emotional integrity, conflict management, and many others, I am now able to take that with me into the future to better my friendships, my Greek chapter, and the campus community as a whole.

The best part of these two retreats was realizing the impact that the multitude of workshops was having on my perspective of the world around me.  At LeaderShape, we discussed how our vision should have a positive disregard for the impossible.   As humans, we have a tendency to believe that things are too immense for us to handle or too large for one person to make an impact.  I have taken up a new perspective that if we were all to set our minds to something we wanted to change, we could.  It may take time and a lot of effort, but it only takes one person with a voice or a vision to make a positive impact on our world.

Steps to making a difference look different for everyone. After attending AFLV, I was able to combine my knowledge from LeaderShape with my new knowledge from the workshops.  Since I am in a Greek chapter, I realized that I could start making a difference within my own chapter and within the Greek community.  This could hopefully create a domino effect to impact the entire Lehigh community.  One thing that I have decided to bring back to my chapter is a conflict management workshop to better our communication as individuals.  After talking with my chapter about confrontation and solving conflicts, hopefully they will then take this to their other peers outside the chapter, creating the domino effect for our community.

Everyone has a vision for a better world.  To make change, we have to act on this vision in any way we can, small or large.  It can begin with a small change in the activities or smaller communities you are a part of, ultimately impacting the larger community.   Additionally, holding our peers accountable for their actions and visions is an effective way to spark change in our communities.  It only takes one voice to change our world. 

Accreditation Reminders

Resources from the three Accreditation preparation workshops are available via google drive. To access the materials, please follow this link.

Report Guidelines
  • Reports should not exceed 50 pages total.  The recommend length is between 25-35 pages. 
  • Appendices should be limited and used only if absolutely necessary as supporting documentation
  • Reports are to be submitted approximately two weeks before your scheduled presentation (see attached schedule with deadlines) 
  • Reports are to be submitted by 4PM on the due date
  • Reports are to be submitted as one document in PDF format titled “Organization Name_2017 Accreditation” in the following way:
  • Shared as a google files with and grant editing rights
  • Chapters are encouraged to highlight their year in the report, not to summarize everything that occurred in the past 12 months
  • Reports should showcase action and results and not focus on future plans

Presentation Guidelines
  • Presentations are to be no longer than 40 minutes.  Remaining time will be used for panelists questions (up to 60 minutes total)
  • There is no limit on the number of members who may present.  Please note that the entire chapter membership is not required to attend the presentation. 
  • The presentation is open to alumni and advisors
  • Chapters are encouraged to use multi-media (PowerPoint, Prezi, Google slides)
  • Chapters are responsible for setting up any technology needed at least 5 minutes before the start time
  • Computer, projector and screen are provided

Conduct Update: Kappa Sigma

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on February 15, 2017 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on March 1, 2017 in
which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. Hazing as defined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.
2. Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.
3. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Feature Friday: Gray Schick, Psi Upsilon


Gray Schick of Psi Upsilon gives some insight into his LeaderShape experience this week...

This past winter, I was selected to be a participant in LeaderShape, a weeklong conference that aims to strengthen confidence, integrity, and leadership skills. I didn’t have much knowledge about the program when applying, but I heard such great things about it. And after going through it, I can now be another voice encouraging anyone and everyone to apply.

The first day was a bit tense. We were fifty strangers in a large meeting hall that had little idea what the week would look like. And after getting acquainted with everyone, I realized that we all had our differences. It seemed impossible that we would all get along; however, through the various activities and open conversations during the week, we all created a strong bond with one another. Sure, there were disagreements, but everyone remained respectful and open-minded. We established an atmosphere of tolerance, which allowed for genuine and meaningful discussions.

A few of these discussions involved Greek Life, specifically the divide between Greeks and non-Greeks. Before LeaderShape, I wasn’t too aware that there was a “divide,” but after listening to various people’s stories, experiences, and opinions, I realized that a separation exists. I think this is due to a prominent mentality that fraternities and sororities do everything together. There is limited outreach from Greek to non-Greek communities, and it is essential that we break this exclusivity.

LeaderShape did help me build my confidence and leadership skills, but I got out something much more. I learned that we all are entitled to our opinions and our voice, but more importantly I learned how to set opinions aside and listen to others. Instead of being dismissive of those who think differently, I welcomed the opportunity to learn why. Understanding differences teaches more than blindly following sameness. Especially when considering the Greek/non-Greek divide, we must remember that there is more to life outside our comfort zone.

I left LeaderShape with a fresh outlook on my college life. I love being involved in my fraternity, but I also look forward to the various opportunities that are ahead to me. I also left LeaderShape with an entirely new friend group that supports me every step of the way. To whomever is reading: take some risks, get involved, and meet new people.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Conduct Update: Alpha Gamma Delta

Update 3/22/17: Alpha Gamma Delta took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Others D1 (Hazing)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
You are placed on Disciplinary Probation effective March 22, 2017 through May 31, 2017. Disciplinary Probation is defined as the imposition of a trial period in which students must show that they are willing to live up to the expectations in this Code of Conduct. This trial period may not exceed four semesters.  This status implies that further violations of this code may result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion.  Other sanctions may be imposed, and additional requirements may be imposed as conditions for reinstatement in good standing.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Work with your OFSA AD and the women of Alpha Phi to create a program for next years "Hawks Against Hazing" week exploring the Lehigh University definition of hazing, the idea of consent as it relates to hazing, and the nuances of identifying hazing behaviors. It is to be completed by March 1, 2018.

The rationale for this sanction is that the days the new members were asked to dress up was during the Hawks Against Hazing week and it seems that the members of Alpha Gamma Delta would benefit from exploring hazing more deeply and helping the rest of the Greek community identify hazing behaviors.

Alpha Gamma Delta has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an incident on March 1, 2017.

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017