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Police arrest 20 students for underage drinking at Lehigh University

Police arrested 20 students over the weekend in Bethlehem and on Lehigh University's campus.

Officials say the arrests were all alcohol related and for loud parties and underage drinking, in which five students had to be taken to the hospital. 

The incidents occurred at various locations on campus.

The students now face disorderly conduct and underage drinking charges. Chief of Police for the City of Bethlehem, Mark DiLuzio, said a student also put a speaker out of a window and blasted the song "F the Police." Police were up the street talking with residents for a completely unrelated incident when they heard the music.

Police will continue to patrol this weekend until student conduct improves, DiLuzio said.

Lehigh University released a statement in regards to the incident, saying it takes its efforts to ensure student safety very seriously.

"In addition to being held to Lehigh's Student Code of Conduct, we do our best to make it clear to students that if they violate the law they will also face legal consequences for underage alcohol consumption, supplying alcohol to underage students, or illegal behavior related to alcohol use," the release states.

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