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 and also preserving the dignity of all cultures and backgrounds.
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.
- 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, socioeconomics, 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
To report an incident, please refer to the Online Incident Communications Form at:http://studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/conduct