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Lehigh Launches ‘Plan for Greek Excellence’

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

ABC:”Lehigh University isn’t the only school where alcohol-fueled parties at frat houses is a problem, but they are now going to significant lengths to stem it. Ricardo Hall, the University’s Provost for Student Affairs says the ‘Plan for Greek Excellence’ is designed to reconstruct the school’s party-centric fraternity and sorority culture into what it was intended to foster. ‘Academic achievement, service to the community, and leadership development. Those three things are inherent in Greek life, that’s the men and the women,’ said Hall.”

“It’s a 10-point plan, but the items that truly stick out include an indefinite ban on hard liquor at any Greek events. It also mandates live-in graduate assistants who are trained in crisis response and helping keep the frat houses compliant with the new rules. Over the past two years, dozens of Lehigh students have been cited for underage drinking and several Greek organizations have either been dissolved or sanctioned for alleged alcohol policy abuse.”

“School officials can’t say for sure this is a ‘first of its kind’ policy, but they do say they believe the Greek Life Initiative here at Lehigh will eventually become the new standard for Greek life at schools across the country.”

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