Friday, February 16, 2018

Feature Friday: Kate Morrell, Zeta Tau Alpha


Our first LeaderShape guest blog of 2018 is from Kate Morrell, ZTA sister!

Looking back on my first year at Lehigh, I realized how difficult my adjustment was to living on my own. From the heavy workload I was balancing to being more involved on campus and making new friends, it wasn’t easy. I struggled to find people who shared values similar to my own. But by the start of my sophomore year when I joined ZTA, my new sisters sparked a newfound confidence in me to push myself out of my comfort zone, where I strived to become a leader in my sorority and to not be afraid to speak up for myself. Having that support system from my sisters truly helped me find my inner confidence.

One night last semester, after a long discussion with a close friend about the changes that Lehigh’s Greek Life were undergoing, she asked me out of curiosity “Have you ever thought about applying for Leadershape?” I had always heard great things about LeaderShape, but it wasn’t until that moment that I actually gave it serious consideration. Little did I know that this experience would be life-changing for me, as I became more aware of my personal vision as a leader with an ultimate goal to lead with integrity. I had been involved with a variety of leadership programs before, but LeaderShape was unlike any other experience I’ve been through. I was ecstatic to spend a week away with other Lehigh students to not only share our personal experiences that we’ve had at Lehigh, but to learn from one another about how be more effective leaders.

Out of the 58 students that attended, only 14 of us in total were involved in Greek organizations. I was worried going into LeaderShape that people would judge me because I was so involved in my sorority and the great influence Greek life has over Lehigh’s campus. But as each day passed, I wasn’t so concerned about what people at LeaderShape thought of me or whether they were judging my opinions and ideas. We all came from different backgrounds and have a great amount of curve balls thrown at us. As we began to open up and honestly share our thoughts and opinions with one another, we all instantaneously became connected as leaders in establishing that trust as each day continued on.

The greatest takeaway I had from LeaderShape was the fact that we all truly cared about one another as a collective Lehigh community and wanted to see each and every one of us work to our fullest potential. I’ve made so many new friends and learned more about my peers that were involved in organizations like Break the Silence, Gryphon Society, Marching 97, and more. I became more aware about the resources we have (and don’t have) available to us as students, as well as the changes that need to be made to create less of a divide between students involved in Greek life and those not affiliated.

As I reflect back on the first day of LeaderShape, I was surrounded by complete strangers as if I was starting my first year at Lehigh all over again. Now, I have many strong connections to people that I know I can always seek out if I am in need of help, no matter what. I hope to take the lessons I’ve learned from LeaderShape with me forever as I continue to lead with integrity and great confidence, and to implement great changes both in my chapter and the Lehigh community.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Conduct Update: Pi Kappa Alpha


TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF NEW MEMBER EDUCATION FOR Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

As of the issuance of this letter on February 14, 2018, the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is required to cease all new member education activities pending an investigation into a report of hazing including sleep deprivation, significant variance from your submitted new member education plan, line ups, and other activities that would constitute hazing.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is prohibited from conducting any new member education activities and is to cease all contact with the new members of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

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.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Feature Friday: Nick Furgason, Phi Sigma Kappa




Big thanks to Nick Furgason of Phi Sigma Kappa for kicking off Spring 2018 guest blogging!

In my opinion, being an Orientation Leader is the single best way to get the absolute most out of one’s time at Lehigh. The friendships we all made, the skills we learned, and the new perspectives we gained in such a short span of time is so unique and this experience extends to all types of Lehigh student. No matter how different someone’s path at Lehigh may be, one thing every student who comes to this university has in common is they go through orientation. As an Orientation Leader, it was up to all 80+ of us to put down our baggage so to say and realize that being an Orientation Leader is about one thing— being there for the First-Years.

During our staff trainings it didn’t matter that I was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, or that I was from Colorado, or that I didn’t have a major, or I spent most of my time working on Dance Marathon; all that mattered was that I was there for the same reason as everyone else and I wanted to be a positive influence on someone and help new students find their way here at Lehigh. The same went for everyone else that sacrificed 10 days of their summer break to come back to school early, train from what seemed to be sun up to sun down, and carry box after box up the stairs of Dravo. What chapter we were or were not in, or where we fell on the social hierarchy didn’t matter. We were all OLs.


This sense of unity is so unique and so freeing in an environment that seems so stuck in its rigid tradition of Greek hierarchy. This experience allowed me to see outside of my social bubble and meet new and amazing people from so many different fraternity and sorority chapter and people who weren’t in chapters at all. It gave me a hope and yearning for everyone else to look beyond their bubbles too.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hazing Prevention Week 2018


Don't miss out on participating in Hazing Prevention Week!  There are several ways to get involved, but most importantly, STEP UP!

Sunday Feb 4th: Message to the community from Vice Provost Dr. Ric Hall
Monday Feb 5th: Hazing prevention webinar & social media campaign
Tuesday Feb 6th: BYOL discussion & workshop
Wednesday Feb 7th: Tim Mousseau keynote and workshops
Thursday Feb 8th: Awareness day via tabling and Rep your Org!
Friday Feb 9th: Brown & White Friday!

 For more information or to get involved, email Corey Gant at jcg216@lehigh.edu

Friday, January 26, 2018

Conduct Update: Theta Chi Fraternity



Update 1/30: You were involved in an incident on January 25, 2018, in which your behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting with Holly A. Taylor you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:
Respect for Community (General)
As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical
representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the
faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
Theta Chi Fraternity took recruits to a Flyers game in Philadelphia and were disruptive, intoxicated, and offensive to others around them.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Community (General) and Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
You are placed on Disciplinary Probation effective January 30, 2018 through May 31, 2018. 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. Revised Recruitment/New Member Education plan must be approved by OFSA prior to resuming recruitment activities. Any chapter activities held between now and giving out bids must be on campus, with the exception of the hibachi dinner, and ALL events will be alcohol free. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Theta Chi must report any internal judicial action taken against any brother for their behavior at the Flyers game. It is to be completed by March 2, 2018. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Restorative meeting with Holly Taylor. Theta Chi is required to hold a meeting with Holly and 85% of the brothers and new members who were at the Flyers game to discuss what happened and how to move forward. It is to be completed by March 2, 2018. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor

You are required to write a letter of apology to the Flyers fan who submitted the report. This letter must be typed and no less than 250 words in length. The letter must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations, via lehigh.edu/go/sanctionsubmission no later than the close of business February 2, 2018. This letter should reflect a keen understanding of the inappropriateness of your actions and the impact that it had on the recipient(s). Please be advised that this letter will be screened by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations prior to being forwarded to the recipient. A copy will also be maintained in your disciplinary records. Be further advised that this letter may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. The letter should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES FOR THETA CHI
FRATERNITY

The Lehigh University Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity is required to cease recruitment activities pending an investigation into activities at a Flyers Game in Philadelphia. Members and/or guests were reportedly intoxicated, rude, and disruptive.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity is prohibited from
conducting any recruitment activities and is to cease all contact with potential recruits of Theta
Chi Fraternity. Additionally, potential recruits--first year students and upperclass students--are
not permitted to attend any events affiliated with Theta Chi Fraternity. This extends to social
events located on or off campus.

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.

Questions regarding this suspension should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations at 610-758-4632.

Conduct Update: Psi Upsilon Fraternity

Update 1/29:  On January 26, 2018, the Lehigh University Chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity was informed that their recruitment activities were suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into activities that put the health and safety of Lehigh University students at risk.

As of the issuance of this letter, the suspension of Psi Upsilon Fraternity is lifted and the chapter
can resume recruitment operations. The investigation into this matter will continue. The executive board of the chapter is required to conduct an internal investigation into this incident and the surrounding environment that allowed this to occur and work with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs to implement change that precludes a repeat of this incident. The chapter should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs immediately to discuss resuming operations.



SUSPENSION OF ALL RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES FOR PSI UPSILON FRATERNITY

As of the issuance of this letter on January 26, 2018, the Lehigh University Chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity is required to cease all recruitment activities pending an investigation into activities that put the health and safety of Lehigh University students at risk.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity is prohibited from conducting any recruitment activities and is to cease all contact with potential recruits of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Additionally, potential recruits--first year students and upperclass students--are not permitted to attend any events affiliated with Psi Upsilon. This extends to social events located on or off campus.

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.

Questions regarding this suspension should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations at 610-758-4632.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

IFC Statement Regarding Hard Alcohol


Dear Lehigh Greek Community,

The Lehigh University Interfraternity Council Executive Board has decided to place an indefinite ban on hard alcohol at any event sponsored by IFC fraternities. These include social events, recruitment events, and anything related to New Member Education. In light of the alarmingly high number of alcohol-related transports over the past semester and the numerous alcohol-related incidents at colleges and universities across the country, the IFC Executive Board feels that this ban is necessary in order to create a safer environment for its students.

Chapters who are found in violation of this ban will be subject to, at minimum, an indefinite suspension of all chapter activities as determined by the IFC Executive Board. Each violation will be evaluated on a case by case basis, and chapters may be subject to harsher sanctions including a suspension of recruitment or losing eligibility to take a new member class. The IFC is taking this very seriously and these sanctions will be strictly enforced.

We suggest that you have a serious discussion with your executive boards and risk management teams to re-evaluate the events that you may have planned for this semester. This self-imposed ban is an attempt to focus on the health and safety of our community members as well as regain the credibility we have lost in recent semesters. It's on us, as a community, to create a safe environment for students while holding all members accountable. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the members of the IFC Executive Board.

Sincerely,

The Interfraternity Council Executive Board