As you all know, Halloween is coming up this weekend. As you all gear up for Halloween related festivities, I wanted to take a moment to remind you all to think about both the costumes that your chapter members are preparing to wear, as well as the themes that you may be considering for events that are occurring this weekend. I hope you all have fun, but in the spirit of looking out for the safety and well-being of all members of Lehigh and the South Bethlehem Community. Also, knowing that Halloween is on a weekend and there are no registered events on-campus, please expect the police presence in the surrounding community to be one that reflects the necessary desire for safety and security for both Lehigh students and South Bethlehem Residents.
Please also make sure that you take some time out from the fun to visit with President Clayton at "Clayton's Carnevil" on Thursday, October 30th, from 7 to 9 PM. Be one of the first 700 students to arrive and you'll get your very own official Clayton's Carnevil long-sleeve tee! Most importantly, this will be a great opportunity for you to help families of South Bethlehem by donating a non-perishable food item, hats and/or gloves. Your thoughtful donation will make a huge difference to many south-side families this winter.
Other resources to use this weekend if you are unsure about theme and activities include:
- If you are unsure about a specific costume, here is a quick web resource: http://www.theroot.com/photos/
2012/10/racist_halloween_ costumes_9_ways_youre_wrong_ about_yours.html
- If you are unsure about a specific theme for an event, please review the Chapter Event Policy included below:
The Lehigh University Fraternity and Sorority Community, comprised of chapters and governing councils, aspire to support and espouse The Principles of Our Equitable Community. As part of this aspiration, the Fraternity and Sorority Community commits to supporting the spirit and intent of these initiatives by prohibiting all events that, through the actions of organizations or individual members negatively affect the dignity of any student, or inhibit the promotion of mutual understanding among Lehigh community members.
Per The Principles: “We confront and reject discrimination in all its forms, including that based on age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economics, veteran status, or any differences that have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension, or hatred.”
In the spirit of this statement, our belief is that any event sponsored or endorsed by a Fraternity or Sorority in Lehigh’s Greek Community, may not discriminate against any class listed above. Failure to adhere to this, either through the acts of organizations or individual chapter members representing their organization, would result in investigation and adjudication, as appropriate, in partnership with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations. This includes on and off-campus events, activities and actions as well as actions taken on-line via use of social media.
To learn more about the Principles of Our Equitable Community please refer to: http://www4.lehigh.edu/diversity/principles