Lehigh University Students React to New Restrictions on Greek Life Following Reports of Excessive Drinking on Campus

Written by on January 30, 2020

Lehigh University Students React to New Restrictions on Greek Life Following Reports of Excessive Drinking on Campus

By Staci Inez

January 30, 2020

President Simon sent an email Tuesday announcing the pause in university Greek life.
Sarah Steffens, Lehigh sophomore and president of Alpha Omicron Pi, says that there needs to be a change in the current culture in Greek life.

Lehigh University imposed new restrictions on fraternities and sororities this week- amounting to a “pause” on their activities- following reports that earlier warnings about excessive alcohol consumption and other misconduct had gone unheeded.

Sarah Steffens, a Lehigh sophomore and president of Alpha Omicron Pi, says university officials pointed to multiple reports of hazing, drinking, and drug abuse over the past two weeks in their announcement.

“There definitely needs to be a culture shift. It’s not normal to drink this much. It’s not normal to go out this much,” said Steffens. “Once you graduate, it’s a problem, so it’s really a matter of changing that culture so we can move forward when we’re out of college.”

Steffens says her sorority has been working on the issue- and changing its by-laws to emphasize the health and safety of students.

Lehigh President John Simon said in an email Tuesday that new members cannot be recruited and social activities are being suspended. In addition, wine and beer won’t be allowed in the Greek houses or individual rooms.

Last year, the university announced a ban on hard liquor and other restrictions as part of a crackdown on the organization.

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