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School is out for summer, but officials at Lehigh have an important job to do in the coming months.

In the wake of the tragic incident at the Beta Theta Pi house involving the death of Timothy Piazza this spring semester, college campuses across the country are seeking long-term solutions for what’s becoming an epidemic—alcohol-related deaths and injuries, specifically tied to Greek life.

Though we currently don’t have an active chapter on campus, decisions made at Lehigh now could make a big impact on our impending return.

Officials at Penn State have already implemented new sanctions and rules to make the Greek community a safer place, but University President Eric Barron predicted the end of Greek life at Penn State if further instances of inappropriate drinking occur.

According to the Allentown Morning Call, Lehigh officials have expressed that while they aren’t seeking to banish Greek life from campus, they are hoping to reduce injuries that can happen as a result of excessive drinking.

This isn’t a new issue, though. Lehigh has been battling it for years. The school even tried creating alternative, alcohol-free events, like Lehigh After Dark.

But that hasn’t stopped the madness. Just this year, Lehigh had four close calls with students who were so drunk they required hospitalization and nearly died. Lehigh President John Simon is currently combatting the issue with increased patrols by both campus and city officers.

Ultimately, though, the goal is to contain drinking within the limits of campus where at least there are “patrols and technology, including 152 cameras, to make sure students are safe,” according to what Lehigh Police Chief Edward Shupp told the Allentown Morning Call.

In addition, Lehigh is pushing students to take more responsibility to their own and others’ safety. In April, students held a town hall meeting to discuss the issue, and both police and the university are working to educate students about hosting safer parties.

Stay tuned for any updates in the coming months, and be sure to comment below to let us know your thoughts.