Sigma Alpha Epsilon - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Summer 2019 Newsletter

New York Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Lion ' s RoaR NY Epsilon s Sigma Alpha Epsilon s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The New York Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute P.O. Box 442100 Lawrence, KS 66044-2100 Address Service Requested Attention: This newsletter is intended for alumni and parents. If your son is still attending RPI, he will receive a copy at the chapter house. If he has graduated, please send us his permanent address to update our records. Thank you. Find Us Online T he Greek Life Task Force (GLTF) has been somewhat dormant since January 2019, despite promises of communications and actions in a letter posted on March 15, 2019, by LeNorman Strong (https://info.rpi. edu/greek-life-task-force). The Alumni Inter- Greek Council (AIGC) continues to receive little information from the RPI administration. AIGC was notified by the Greek Life Commons that the Board of Trustees received an update at the meeting held during graduation weekend—not following March time frame as originally planned. The biggest uncertainty is RPI stonewalling on the recommendations and may not allow first semester students to participate in fall 2019 recruitment. Only upperclassmen will be allowed in the fall and freshmen would be deferred to the spring semesters. Some feel this could be better; however, the impacts of Summer Arch and new handbook policies should be assessed before implementing deferred recruitment—as was recommended in the GLTF report. None of the GLTF implementation teams have been established, nor any charter or timeline planned. The National Interfraternity Conference and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Service Center representatives have been involved and offering counsel on how NYEP and the RPI IFC can proceed. In parallel with the Greek Life Task Force work, the RPI administration was also was working (without earnest participation of the Student Union leadership) to update the Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities. "Effective May 19, 2019, a new edition of the Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities is available via the Dean of Students website at rights-responsibilities-and-judicial-affairs. The handbook, which reflects the values, beliefs, and expectations we have as a community of scholars, lays out Rensselaer students' rights and the responsibilities to help ensure mutual respect, integrity, and an environment where all students can effectively pursue their educational goals." This update includes a significant tightening of alcohol policies and sanctions by continuing the ban of alcohol and other drugs in the chapter houses enacted by the GLTF in the fall of 2018 and extending it to "all Institute owned, controlled, or affiliated residential facilities that Update on RPI Greek Life Task Force and Campus Student Life house undergraduate students." RPI took the NIC resolution ban ( nic-fraternities-vote-to-ban-hard-alcohol/) on hard alcohol (defined now as 15% or more alcohol by volume) at facilities and went a step further by banning all alcohol in houses and requiring all events with alcohol to be somewhere other than a chapter house and serviced by a licensed third-party vendor. The undergraduate chapter adapted to the recruitment and social policy changes last year fairly well and will continue to evolve with the rest of the Greek system and entire student body. The LAE House Corporation Board continues to be supportive of the chapter during these times needing great perseverance and remains determined and enthusiastic about completing the capital campaign and chapter house renovation project to help ensure New York Epsilon's future. f Website: f Facebook: RPI Sigma Alpha Epsilon - New York Epsilon Chapter f Alumni Facebook: SAE RPI Alumni and Actives FALL HOMECOMING WEEKEND September 27-29, 2019 VISIT THE CHAPTER HOUSE, BOND WITH YOUR BROTHERS

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