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By Julie Stewart (Published in The Brown and White 4/24/09)

Greek Week has been suspended for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to an e-mail sent to fraternity and sorority members Friday, May 1 by Tim Wilkinson, director of fraternity and sorority affairs in conjunction with Derek Lutchko, president of the Interfraternity Council and Lauren Harte, president of the Panhellenic Council.

In the e-mail, Wilkinson explained that his office is working with student leaders to re-examine Greek Week after several disciplinary infractions occurred during this year's events, held April 13-17.

"Unfortunately, this year's Greek Week was marred by unacceptable behavior by several organizations and individuals. The organizations and individuals involved in these incidents have been referred for adjudication through the University discipline system. Additionally, each chapter is working with their Inter/national Headquarters to ensure appropriate internal accountability measures are taking place," Wilkinson said.

"In light of these incidents, as well as the negative impact that Greek Week has generally had on both the campus and fraternity and sorority communities in recent years, the decision has been made to suspend Greek Week for the 2009-2010 academic year. There is a clear need to re-evaluate and assess the goals, purpose and outcomes of Greek Week for the fraternity and sorority community, as well as the Lehigh Community as a whole."

Wilkinson said the office of fraternity and sorority affairs and the dean of students office will work with students and the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils to "assess all aspects of Greek Week, including its purpose, content and timing."

In a personal e-mail to the author of this story, Wilkinson said the goal will be to create an event that "represents the fraternity and sorority community in a way we could all be proud of."