Safe alcohol consumption and social event management are hallmarks of a thriving fraternity and sorority community. Listed are policies, educational opportunities, and initiatives designed to assist the fraternity and sorority community in making healthy individual and organizational choices when it comes to alcohol management.
Bystander intervention and advocacy is an area that the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA) is committed to the Greek and Lehigh University community. With new and dynamic programming added each year, this concept empowers students to be proactive when confronting issues of hazing, sexual assault, inclusion and social justice. We empower students in feeling to take action and intervene on behalf of their values and beliefs. For more information on Bystander Intervention Programming, please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courageous Conversations strives to enhance student's understanding of societal constructs, privilege and to increase student's belief in their ability to engage in difficult conversations, address intolerance successfully, and positively affect cultural and climate change. The current framework is developed around topics including heterosexism, genderism, and racism. For more information about Courageous Conversations or to schedule the series with your chapter, please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs at email@example.com.
Greek Allies is a group of primarily fraternity and sorority students (although we welcome the perspective of non-affiliated students) dedicated to inclusive leadership and fostering a welcoming Greek and greater campus environment by educating and improving awareness about the LGBTQ community.
Advisor: Scott Burden
Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority are required to attend a Greek PREP session. Greek PREP stands for Greek Pre-Recruitment Education Program. As a result of participating in this program, students will learn about the structure and mission of the Fraternity and Sorority community, policies and expectations, appropriate interactions with chapters, available opportunities that exist at Lehigh and proper communication methods. OFSA believes this program is an important element in demonstrating to interested students the value of the fraternity and sorority experience so that students are best equipped to prepare them for the the opportunity of joining a Fraternity or Sorority at Lehigh.
This program meets the 5x10 requirement for Inclusive Leadership.
Intervene is an in-person 60-minute workshop that provides an opportunity for students to view the video with others and engage in a facilitated conversation to reflect upon the attitudes and behaviors that influence the process of intervening as an individual or with assistance. Participants also discuss additional related scenarios not included in the film. This program is being used with the permission of The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health, in collaboration with the Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble, which developed the bystander intervention video and workshop called Intervene © 2016.
New Member Orientation Sessions
Assistant Directors from the OFSA meet one-on-one with the new member educators (NMEs) for each of the chapters they advise before the start of each semester’s new member education period. During this time they review the chapter’s new member education plan and jointly tailor a new member orientation session for the chapter’s new member class. Through this initiative, NMEs will learn facilitation skills, create learning outcomes, and discover ways to engage new members. Each of these sessions is then co-facilitated by both the Assistant Director and chapter NME. These sessions include but are not limited to an overview of fraternity and sorority life at Lehigh, how to properly report hazing, and an assortment of case studies related to substance abuse, bystander intervention, etc. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Host Training
Social Host Training exists to educate chapter presidents, risk managers, and social chairs (or equivalent leadership positions) on effective event planning practices; law and policies related to social host liability; and harm reduction strategies. Click here for resources provided through the program.