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By Walt Keiper '85

After years of study and review, Lehigh's Greek system is implementing a new chapter accreditation process. On-campus Greek statistics are staggering. There are only 22 fraternities on campus (once 32) and only 600 fraternity men (1,100 in the mid 80's). The world has changed over the last 20 years and our Greek system must transform itself to reflect the needs and desires of a new breed of incoming students. Surveys show that incoming freshmen and their parents are concerned about finding a clean, safe living environment, with more single room options and an atmosphere that allows for academic excellence. The University Board of Trustees assembled a Task Force on Strengthening Greek Life at Lehigh and developed an extensive list of recommendations.

Highlights of the Greek Task Force Recommendations include:
Add four new Greek life advisors to the staff of two - completed this fall
Add a minimum of eight single rooms to each house
Require all first and second year students to reside on campus
Require a 90 percent occupancy rate for all fraternities to retain their housing rights
Institute an Annual Chapter Accreditation process that all chapters must pass for University recognition
Move the recruitment period to the start of the second semester

The entire task force report can be read at www3.lehigh.edu/greeklife/taskforcereport.asp. The most recent status report on recommendation implementation can be found at www3.lehigh.edu/greeklife. To view some amazing Greek life statistics and to see exactly how our chapter is performing, go to www.lehigh.edu/%7Eindost/greek/AnnualReport3-04.pdf.

While some of these changes may seem severe, circumstances demand extensive action. We feel that the University is committed to strengthening the Greek system at Lehigh and we will work to provide the necessary support to keep our chapter strong.