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Strengthening Greek life update

We are excited to share the latest developments in our ongoing efforts to strengthen Greek life at Lehigh.

Lehigh’s goal is to maintain—in partnership with Greek actives and alumni like yourself—safe, clean, well-maintained and full chapter houses. Doing so will allow members the opportunity to focus on key issues of primary importance such as recruitment, brother/sisterhood, leadership, scholarship and community service rather than dealing with custodial issues such as cleaning.

Many members of our Lehigh community, including Greek students, staff and alumni, have worked hard over the past year to make good choices that will help to strengthen our Greek system further. Through the diligent work of two committees made up of members from key groups at Lehigh, we have evaluated five proposals for fraternity cleaning contracts and awarded two cleaning companies three-year contracts. In addition, after much review and discussion with students and alumni, the 90% occupancy standard will go into effect at the start of the fall 2005 semester. We will continue to work closely with chapters to help them be successful in fulfilling the new occupancy standards. System-wide, rush numbers were much stronger this year due to increased efforts of the IFC, Panhel and the OFSA. These increases will go far in helping chapters to meet, and, in some cases exceed, this new occupancy standard.

We strongly encourage all those interested in Greek life at Lehigh to review the cleaning process and 90% occupancy standards implementation. To review these in full, please visit the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Web site.

The cleaning service and the 90% occupancy standards implementation are positive steps towards making Greek Life at Lehigh healthy and strong. By working together, we can continue our progress toward a Greek system that can be used as a model for others around the country.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to e-mail Ozzie Breiner, Residential Services Director or Michael Carey , Assistant Dean of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2005

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