Important COVID-19 Update from CEO, Troy Medley
March 20, 2020
COVID-19 is impacting colleges and universities in unprecedented ways, which in turn, is temporarily transforming how chapters must operate. I want to provide an update and recommendations for how Lambda Chi Alpha should respond, recognizing that one size will not fit all, as different universities are responding to this crisis in different ways and so must we.
Most colleges/universities have made the decision to move to virtual instruction or, in some cases, to close their campus. Lambda Chi Alpha advises you to follow the directives and protocols being put in place at your local campus and health departments, as your health and safety is our first priority.
How can I protect myself and others?
As you have probably read elsewhere, the CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid shaking hands or hugging.
- Avoid fraternity or campus events when you are sick.
- When you cough or sneeze, make every effort to cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm as opposed to into your hands.
- If you use a tissue, throw it into the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Ensure cleaning supplies are available at the Lambda Chi Alpha house (if applicable) and encourage people to be extra vigilant about cleaning up after themselves and wiping down areas where they have just eaten or may have touched a hard surface.
- Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and make sure you’re getting enough Vitamins C and D.
Office of Administration Working Remotely
To promote social distancing and limit community spread of COVID-19, the Lambda Chi Alpha Office of Administration has limited its in-person staff to only those essential to business activities on a limited basis. The rest of the team will be working remotely until March 31. All team members can still be reached by email or social media. All extensions, email addresses, and links to social media accounts can be found here for the Fraternity and here for the Foundation.
The Office of Administration is halting all travel for staff and highly encouraging volunteers to transition to remote support for the foreseeable future. This decision was made with careful consideration of the health of our team members, Brothers, and advisors across North America, along with the CDC recommendations relating to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
As most of our chapters are at host institutions that have temporarily switched to virtual classes; the Office of Administration is committed to providing tools to ensure that our brothers are still able to have a Lambda Chi Alpha experience under these conditions and that they feel connected to one another. To this end, we will provide every chapter and colony with a Zoom license through the end of May 2020. Chapters and colonies will be able to use this to conduct business meetings, committee meetings, and brotherhood and education events.
As we moved to a weekly Goal Setting & Review support model this semester, we are well prepared to provide virtual support. Our Coaches still intend to meet with High Alphas and other officers on a weekly basis to assist with chapter operations for the rest of this academic year as well as to help plan for a successful fall semester. Issues to consider include recruitment, Associate Members and Initiation, budgeting, contracts and planned events, and virtual brotherhood events.
I ask you to continue to hold weekly chapter meetings and events using Zoom or OmegaOne. Your Zeta still exists, and your Brothers still need you to be a part of their lives. I challenge you to continue providing routine fraternity education, especially ZAX sessions! There is much to learn about handling adversity in our ritual.
I know it isn’t much of a silver lining, but companies across America are also being forced to learn how to operate remotely, so you have an opportunity to incorporate the same leadership skills that CEOs in every major industry are bringing to bear on the problem. This will not be the first “black swan” event your encounter during your career. I can tell you from experience, each crisis makes you more prepared for the next.
2020 General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar
We’re doing our due diligence on holding General Assembly under various scenarios, but as of today, both General Assembly and the Stead Leadership Seminar are still scheduled to occur in Scottsdale in late July as planned. If we are forced to move to a virtual delivery model, each chapter will receive a financial credit for their registration fee so you will not be negatively impacted financially.
The Office of Administration encourages each house corporation to follow the lead set by its host institution, but the decision regarding individual house policy is wholly up to each house corporation and its members.
The Office of Administration will continue to closely monitor developments across North America. I encourage you to collaborate with your on-campus student health and student affairs professionals for specific updates regarding local developments. More information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
Should you have any additional questions, please reach out to your coach or to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will provide a weekly update at minimum during the Coronavirus crisis to ensure you are made aware of updates as the occur. Be well and take care.
Troy Medley, CEO
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
April 3, 2020