Fraternity Renovation PolicyFraternity Renovation Guidelines
Fraternity Bedroom Flooring/Bedroom Walls
The offices of Facilities Services and Residential Services have conducted facility audits of each fraternity during the fall semester. If it has been determined that the current bedroom flooring in a fraternity is in need of replacement, tile flooring will be installed in that fraternityÕs bedrooms. Fraternity House leadership and their alumni leaders will be notified during the spring 2005 semester as to whether bedroom flooring needs and will be replaced. All bedroom walls will be patched and repaired as needed.
The approach and procedures adopted for improving the physical plant of each house are based upon the principle that the university works to ensure that housing for all Greek chapters be up to acceptable standards. Our goal is to sustain - in partnership with Greek actives and alumni - safe, clean and well-maintained chapter houses. Doing so will give actives, along with their alumni, the opportunity to focus on key issues of primary importance to their chapters ø recruitment, brother/sisterhood, leadership, scholarship and community service.
These changes will ensure that Greek houses maintain the unique qualities that separate them from residence halls. Therefore, we present the following painting procedure which will enable us to manage our housing system while still providing each house the ability to remain unique.
In an effort to establish a baseline in each fraternity house as summer renovations begin, we are working together with the leadership of each fraternity (e.g. actives, alumni house corporations, etc.) to supply the following information:
- Bedrooms ø Each fraternity will be asked to choose a standard color that each house bedroom will be painted; the color may be selected from the paint palettes provided to your house manager. All fraternity bedrooms will be painted the selected color during the summer of 2005. We recommend that actives keep this paint color for their bedrooms. However, if a brother chooses to paint his room a different color, at the close of the academic year he must repaint the room back to the standard color selected by the house and alumni leadership. If the repainted room is found to be satisfactory, there will be no charge to the student.
- The standard paint color will be available through the Office of Facilities Services at no charge to the student.
- If a student is returning to the same room for the following academic year and would like the room to stay painted in its alternate color, he must give written notification to the Office of Residential Services prior to the end of the academic year. This will ensure that the room will not be painted back to the chosen house color during the summer months.
- A room painted an alternate color can be passed down to the next resident if they prefer the room to remain painted the alternate color. The next resident will then assume the responsibility of repainting the room at the end of that academic year. If he chooses not to repaint or does not do a satisfactory job, the resident will be held financially responsible. If the resident who is financially responsible for repainting the room leaves school or is unavailable to bill, the fraternity will be financially charged to have the room repainted.
- If a student paints his room during the academic year and repaints the room back to its standard color at the close of the year, but the painting is deemed unsatisfactory, e.g. paint on ceilings, doorjambs, windows, etc. (by an inspection done by Residential Services and Facilities Services staff,) professional painters will be used to restore the room to its original color and condition and the repainting cost will be the studentÕs financial responsibility.
- If a student does not paint his room back to its standard color at the close of the school year, the room will be repainted by a professional painter and the student will be financially responsible for the cost of repainting the room.
- Cost estimates to repaint a student room are between $250 and $300. If the ceiling needs to be repainted, the cost will increase by $50. Facilities Services staff expects that the bedroom paint should have a 5 - 7 year lifespan. Damage repairs and/or extra painting required to cover dark colors may increase this estimate.
These procedures will ensure that all fraternity bedrooms will be returned to a satisfactory condition prior to fall arrival each year. It also provides a compromise between the university and the students as these new procedures give fraternity men the ability to paint their room a different color, while ensuring that at the end of the studentÕs tenure that the room will be satisfactorily painted back to the standard color.
- Hallways and Bedroom Doors ø Each fraternity has been requested to supply a standard color ÒschemeÓ for hallways, including wall color, trim color, and bedroom door color. All fraternity hallways and bedroom doors will be painted the selected color and it will be maintained each subsequent summer with patching and repainting as needed. This will ensure that all fraternity hallways and bedroom doors will be returned to excellent condition prior to fall arrival each year.
- Existing Murals ø Facilities Services staff will work with fraternity members to evaluate murals located in fraternity hallways, stairwells, and common areas and a consensual decision will be made to determine whether the mural should remain as part of the d„cor.
- Other House Common Areas (e.g. living room, dining room, kitchen, stairwells) ø Paint color schemes will be requested from the house leadership if it is determined during the fall facilities audit that a common room, such as living room or dining room, should be repainted during the summer months.
Senior Week 2005
This year, fraternities will close effective May 13, 2005 until August 24, 2005 to allow for work to commence on the houses. We need everyoneÕs help in closing by this date because we will undertake the agreed upon renovations for every house at Lehigh during the summer. This extra time will allow contractors to begin work in all of the houses as soon as possible and will permit them the crucial time necessary to complete this enormous undertaking by the start of the academic year. All Greek men who are graduating seniors and eligible to participate in Commencement will be provided housing during this yearÕs Senior Week in a designated residence hall location. Please contact Residential Services for further details.