Students at the Lehigh after Dark Diner en Blanc event

Alcohol Awareness and Harm-Reduction Initiatives at Lehigh

As a community of scholars, Lehigh University strives to cultivate and sustain a healthy and safe environment that allows every student to flourish and to reach his or her full potential. Chief among our concerns is the abuse of alcohol and high-risk drinking. Research confirms that the abuse of alcohol presents one of the most significant threats to a student’s well-being and academic performance. We hope these resources prove informative and helpful.

Ferris wheel at a Lehigh After Dark event

Creating your Lehigh Experience

Students who become part of the Lehigh community are offered numerous opportunities for creating a personalized experience, while still being healthy, safe and responsible. We encourage you to explore these options:

Students at a tailgate

Planning your Event

Interested in coordinating an event for your peers? We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive guide to all things event planning. Whether it’s a small gathering in the University Center, a social function in a Greek facility or a campus-wide concert, use the resources below provided to plan a fun and safe event.

Students at an event

Policy & Community Expectations

All members of the Lehigh University community are expected to know and follow the local, state, and federal laws, as well as Lehigh’s policies related to alcohol. From the start of their Lehigh experience, students learn about expectations (as outlined in the Lehigh University Student Code of Conduct) at first-year orientation, hall meetings, and through ongoing involvement in student organizations.

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Lehigh University Shield

Our Efforts

Lehigh University has focused on addressing the issue of high-risk drinking for more than two decades, beginning with a focused effort to examine the issue through a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1996. At that time, Lehigh was one of only six universities nationwide selected by the foundation to receive a five-year grant to build a campus-community coalition to curb high risk drinking and its second hand effects.

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Worth repeating

John Simon in conversation

“Maintaining a safe and healthy campus is a shared responsibility. We ask for your help in addressing what is clearly a problem on this campus, and on campuses across the country. Exercise common sense. Look out for one another. Take care of yourselves and be more conscious of the unnecessary risks you take as part of your social activities.”

President John Simon and his leadership team

More than
50% at Lehigh

Percentage of Lehigh undergraduate students who attended at least one Lehigh After Dark event during the academic year.

Source: Lehigh University

More than
70% at Lehigh

Percentage of drinkers at Lehigh who agreed or strongly agreed that Lehigh provided the support they needed to thrive socially.

Source: Lehigh University

1,825 nationally

Number of college students between the ages of 18 and 24 who die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

696,000 nationally

Number of students between the ages of 18 and 24 who are assaulted each year by another student who has been drinking.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

About 97,000 nationally

Number of students between the ages of 18 and 24 report who report an alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape each year.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

1 in 4 nationally

College students who report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism