Save Our Greek Life Housing at Widener University

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Save Our Greek Life Housing at Widener University

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Amanda Streimer started this petition to Widener University Residence Life

As of July 29th, 2020 Widener University Residence Life is requiring all Greek Life Housing to be filled to a 50% capacity for the 2020-2021 calendar year (fall-spring semesters). If the houses are not filled to a 50% capacity the Widener University Residence Life will take away the houses from the Greek Letter organizations. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, many students involved in Greek Life no longer wish to live on campus due to concerns regarding social distancing and personal finance matters.  Along with the fact that almost all classes this semester will be held virtually.

The Widener University Residence Life Guidelines currently state that all residents must live in single rooms. However, what is not clear is how social distancing is going to be enforced when all residents in Greek Life housing have to share the same bathrooms. In regards to personal finance matters, many students and their families have experienced financial setbacks due to COVID-19 as well. To force students to live in Greek Life housing in order to keep their houses in the midst of a public health and economic crisis is not only unsettling but disrespectful to the hundreds of alumni who have donated their time, money, and resources towards maintaining our houses and ensuring that they remain on campus. For organizations that have continuously contributed to the Widener University community for 25+ years, to be threatened to have our houses taken away due to circumstances out of our control is extremely disheartening. Furthermore, to say that this would be devastating towards the future of our Greek-letter organizations would be an understatement.

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