Postponing Greek Recruitment - W&L Community

To: The W&L Community
From: The Student Affairs Committee
Date: Friday, January 15

In its meeting yesterday evening, Jan. 14, the Student Affairs Committee voted to approve a faculty recommendation to move Greek recruitment for organizations affiliated with W&L's Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils to the week of undergraduate spring break (April 17-25), with new member education taking place during a condensed, three-week period at the beginning of Spring Term. Recruitment will still be held virtually, as previously announced and as required by the NPC national organizations, and exact dates will be announced once schedules are final.

In the meantime, no contact expectations have been lifted and informal recruitment may continue as long as all current guidelines, including state and university COVID community values, guidelines, and restrictions, are followed.

This decision was made in light of the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Lexington/Rockbridge county and the potential for the presence of a new, more contagious variant of the virus spreading in the community with the return of students to campus. Postponing recruitment will allow all of our students to return to Lexington, complete the initial arrival testing period, and settle back into classes and extracurricular activities. It will also provide time for more people to receive vaccinations and hopefully, with warmer weather, allow for some new member education activities to take place outdoors, where our students can gather more safely in small groups.

More details regarding the exact dates of recruitment, adjusted eligibility requirements, and its impact on the campus housing selection process, will be shared in the coming weeks as they are finalized. Questions may be addressed to SAC@wlu.edu or a student's class dean.