Family Newsletter

September 2013

Welcome Class of 2017

Class of 2017: Curious about the class of 2017? Check out these statistics.

bLUeprint: The bLUeprint is a collaborative effort across the Office of the First-Year Experience, Residence Life, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, and soon to be the entire Dean of Students in order to outline how to be successful at Lehigh. For more information, see here.

evoLUtion Seminar: Throughout the first semester, students attend evoLUtion seminars on a weekly basis. These sessions are run by a faculty or staff member and an Orientation Leader to help continue building a sense of an individual’s Lehigh identity and form connections with other first-year students. For more information, check out here.

5x10 Programs: Every first-year student must attend five programs corresponding to the Five Foundations of Student Success in the first ten weeks of the semester. Students had an opportunity to get one done during Orientation (see here for programs that were offered) and here is a list of programs that are being offered throughout the semester.



Settling into Life at Lehigh

FERPA: Student Privacy Rights: As a family member of a Lehigh student, you may be aware that the University can only share some information with you. Your student’s information is protected by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Click here to learn more about FERPA.

Holiday Observance: Lehigh University seeks to extend hospitality to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic or social background. Diversity is valued at Lehigh, and the University is committed to assuring that all persons who enter this community are welcomed and respected. For information about religious holiday observation and what they mean to you as a student, click here.

Medical Amnesty: The health and safety of every Lehigh community member is our primary concern. To that end, the Medical Amnesty Policy has been developed as part of Lehigh's comprehensive approach to reducing the harmful secondhand effects caused by alcohol abuse.

Safety and Security: The safety of students is of utmost importance. In addition to resources about campus and fire safety, there is also programming focused on safety, including Fire Safety Month, Room Inspections, and Fire Drills. To prepare for these inspections and drills, student are informed of residential policies via their Gryphon, their Housing Contract, and postings of the rules and responsibilities.


Upcoming Events

Housing Calendar: The school year is just getting started, but Fall break will be here before you know it.     Residence hall closing and opening dates can be found on our housing calendar.

Break Housing: Buildings will remain open for Packing and Thanksgiving Breaks. Buildings will close for Semester and Spring Breaks. For more information about break housing, click here.

Gryphon Applications: Is your student looking for a great leadership opportunity on campus? Gryphoning is a wonderful opportunity to develop and polish leadership skills through interacting with residents, professional staff members and faculty. Applications are available October 16th via the HUB (located through the Student Life website). Keep an eye out for further information on our website at

RHA Applications: RHA is a great way for students to gain some valuable leadership experience within the Residence Halls. Each residence hall has a council that consists of peers who live in the building and plan programs for the residence hall. Applications are available due September 13th via the HUB (located through the Student Life website. Keep an eye out for further information on our website at

Camp Hawk: Is your student looking for a way to connect to more first-year students or upperclassmen? Does he or she want to get away from Lehigh for the weekend? Play fun games and get to know other Lehigh students on a deeper level?

If yes to any of these questions, then encourage your student to register for Camp Hawk! More information (and a registration link) can be found on the OFYE website.