Friday, August 16, 2019

Anonymous Letter Written to OFSA

The attached document was anonymously submitted and is unedited.   The author's summary appears to reflect his/her experience within an IFC or Panhellenic organization.  We are mindful of the broad and diverse nature of the Lehigh Greek community, and believe our students make informed decisions on membership and behavior (to include alcohol consumption), whether they belong to an IFC fraternity, a Panhellenic sorority, a Cultural Greek Council fraternity or sorority, or no Greek letter organization at all.

Rather than present statistics on student alcohol consumption or list the programs and initiatives in place (including timely anonymous reporting mechanisms) to address some, if not all, of the alleged behavior, we encourage the thoughtful dialogue that this post will surely prompt.

We agree with the author's assertion that students and parents should be aware of this person's broad and specific characterizations of our Greek community.  We also understand that while some students/alumni prefer to communicate anonymously, we are always happy to speak with anyone who might want to provide general or specific reflections on their own experiences.

Ricardo Hall
Vice President for Student Affairs

Katherine Lavinder
Dean of Students