Alcohol & Other Drugs


Take Care

Learn more about how to take care of your fellow Rams. Click the Help A Friend in an Alcohol or Drug-Related Emergency tab below to know what to do if you suspect a friend has alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol EDU and Haven Program Requirement for New Students

Dear New Colorado State Student,

At Colorado State University, we recognize the college experience is more than academics. The people you live with, social interactions and co-curricular activities all play an important role in shaping your time on campus. Our goal is to ensure that all CSU students have positive educational and social experiences.

As part of CSU’s comprehensive approach to alcohol, it is required that all new incoming students (including transfer and international) under the age of 23, as of July 20, 2015, complete AlcoholEdu for College. AlcoholEdu is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about how alcohol affects the body, mind, perceptions and behaviors. The research-based course offers accurate information in a nonjudgmental tone, while providing personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own drinking decisions and those of their peers. Even if students don’t drink, they may still be impacted by alcohol use in the college environment.

Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault is a separate course designed to educate students on issues associated with sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. All students admitted to CSU are required to complete Haven. We recognize that talking about sexual assault can be difficult, and want to acknowledge that some of you may have had personal experiences with sexual assault. If taking this module is difficult or triggering for you, please know there are resources on campus to support you, even prior to your arrival to campus this fall. We encourage you to contact a confidential victim advocate to discuss resources and options.  During business hours, Monday-Friday, please contact the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at 970-491-6384 and ask to speak with an advocate. After hours and on the weekends, please contact the 24-hour Victim Assistance Team at 970-492-4242. In addition, you may reach out through confidential email to

Both AlcoholEdu and Haven have two parts; Part 2 does not become available until six weeks after you’ve completed Part 1. Part 1 of AlcoholEdu and Part 1 of Haven are due on the first day of classes, August 24. If you do not complete both parts, a registration hold will be placed on your account. You will not be able to register for the following semester until Part 1 is completed. You must receive an 80% or higher on the AlcoholEdu final exam to pass the course. Part 2 is due on October 23 for both courses.

Your login directions and additional details are included below. We encourage you to talk with your parents/family members about the course and your planned approach to situations involving alcohol and consent while you are attending CSU.

Other Important Information:

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • To avoid technical issues, please use any major web browser released within the previous two years.
  • You may take the course(s) in multiple sittings.
  • The courses may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.
  • Should you experience problems, technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the course.

For more information about this requirement, please visit If you have any general problems or concerns, please e-mail: Congratulations on your acceptance to CSU! We look forward to seeing you on campus.



Dr. Rick Miranda, Provost and Executive Vice President


Dr. Blanche Hughes, Vice President for Student Affairs

Download a PDF copy of this letter: Alcohol EDU/Haven Program Letter


Your drinking and/or drug use may be impacting you more than you think. Take an opportunity to check in.

Blue Sky

Blue Sky is a free, anonymous screening that provides personalized feedback about your alcohol and other drug use and connects you to campus support services. Users, when prompted, enter referral code “voluntary”.

Alcohol Calculator

The Alcohol Calculator helps you assess the amount of money you spend on alcohol.

Party Safe Strategies

If you choose to drink:

  • Drink only if you want to, don’t let others dictate your choice.
  • A drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of regular beer, 1.5 ounce of 80 proof spirits and 1 ounce of 100 proof. Know how much alcohol is in your drink. Body composition, use of medication, mood changes and personal metabolism rate can influence your blood alcohol level.
  • Set a limit on how many drinks you are going to consume and stick with it.
  • Try to eat a snack before, during, and after drinking.
  • Avoid drinking games.
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, to include water.
  • Always know what you are drinking; never leave a drink unattended or accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
  • Stay and leave with the same group of friends.
  • Know how you will get home safely before you go out. Have a designated driver.
  • Make sure drinking is not the primary focus of your activities.
  • Avoid mixing alcohol with medications, illegal drugs or energy drinks.
  • Be 21 or older to avoid underage drinking legal issues.

Ram Ride

RamRide is a safe-ride program provided through the Associated Students of Colorado State University. This program provides safe, non-judgmental rides for Colorado State University students with the goal of improving the safety of the Fort Collins community. Rides are provided on Thursday nights from 10PM to 2AM. On Friday & Saturday nights, rides are provided from 10PM to 3AM. The RamRide Program remains non-judgmental by never asking why a patron needs a ride home and never asking for facts like full name or age. A patron needs only to call in with basic information and location and they will be provided a ride with no questions asked. RamRide is supported entirely by donations, in-kind gifts, University support, and grant funding. Furthermore, volunteers are an essential part of the RamRide program. Our volunteers operate the dispatch system, drive the vehicles, and serve as navigators for the drivers. For more information on how to volunteer and volunteer eligibility requirements, visit our volunteer sign-up tab. Please note that you must be 18 to volunteer for any position in RamRide. To request a ride, call 970-491-3333.

Know the 3 C's!: Help A Friend in an Alcohol or Drug-Related Emergency


CHECK for signs of an emergency:

  • Cannot be roused and is unresponsive to your voice, shaking, or pinching
  • Skin is cold, clammy, pale, bluish, and/or blotchy
  • Shallow, irregular breathing (more than 10 seconds between breaths) or slow (8 or fewer breaths per minute)
  • Exhibit mental confusion, stupor, or coma-like symptoms
  • Have seizures, convulsions, or rigid spasms
  • Vomits while asleep or unconscious and not awakened by it

CALL 911 for help. CARE for your friend

  • Stay with your friend
  • Roll them on their side in case vomiting occurs
  • Cooperate with police and emergency medical personnel
  • Do not give them water, food, or medication

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General Information

Learn the facts about the most commonly used drugs among college students. Search Go Ask Alice’s Q & A database that houses numerous alcohol, drugs and other health-related questions and answers. Alice is produced by Columbia University’s Health Education Program.

Party Registration

Off-Campus Life provides a party check list and information about party packs, noise tickets and common party violations. Learn how to register your party and the benefits for doing so.

Alcohol and Other Drug Policies

Are you familiar with the alcohol and drug policies for CSU students and the State of Colorado?  Learn more about them, as well as consequences for violation, at the CSU Office of Policy and Compliance web site.

Campus Support/Emergency Contacts

CSU Health Network

  • To talk to a caring professional: Visit Counseling Services: 123 NW Aylesworth Hall Call 970-491-6053
  • Students in need of medical assistance: Visit Medical Services: Hartshorn Health Center Building Call 970-491-7121
  • For additional information about alcohol and other drugs: Visit Health Education and Prevention Services: Call 970-491-1702
CSU Safe Walk(970) 491-1155
Ram Ride(970) 491-3333
Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Team(970) 491-7111
CSU Police Non-Emergency(970) 491-6425
Fort Collins Police Non-Emergency(970) 221-6540
Poudre Valley Hospital(970) 495-7000
Poison Control Center(800) 332-3073

Campus and Community Coalitions

CSU Alcohol and Other Drug Committee

The purpose of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee is to promote responsible behavior around alcohol use, including education and compliance with campus policies and state and federal laws. Through the use of best practices, the committee members strive to decrease high-risk drinking and its negative consequences among CSU students. High-risk drinking secondary effects can include: death, injury, assault, unsafe sex, academic problems, health problems/suicide attempts, drunk driving, vandalism, property damage, police involvement, and alcohol abuse and dependence. For more information about this committee and/or to become involved, contact the Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs at (970) 491-1702.

Team Fort Collins

Team Fort Collins is a non-profit community organization dedicated to preventing the abuse and illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, especially among youth and families, by promoting healthy lifestyles through community mobilization, education, and interactive events. For more information about this group and/or to become involved, contact (970) 224-9931.

Local Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous of Northern Colorado

Alcoholics Anonymous of Northern Colorado is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Call 970-224-3552 for more information.


Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. The primary purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of problem drinking. Call 970-225-2666 for local information.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Colorado Department of Human Services

The mission of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Colorado Department of Human Services is to develop, support and advocate for comprehensive services to reduce substance use disorders and to promote healthy individuals, families and communities. They are a helpful resource if you are looking for state treatment, recovery and DUI services. Call 303-866-7400 for more information.

Parents & Families

Drinking issues are a growing concern on college campuses nationwide, particularly for first-year college students. New students often feel an amazing amount of independence during their first year in college. You may find your student testing boundaries and exploring new beliefs and behaviors. Sometimes, however, they are unaware of the consequences of their decisions. Talk openly with your student about attending parties, alcohol and drug use, sexual decisions, safety and peer pressure. Although these conversations can be tough, they are extremely important. Families have more influence than they realize when it comes to students making positive decisions about such life situations. There are several important things to consider when approaching this topic:

  • The transition from high school to college provides parents with an optimal time period to talk to their student.
  • Research shows that the impact of such discussions, just prior to starting college, leads to lower alcohol consumption during college students’ first year.
  • Further, these talks lower the risk that students will experience serious alcohol-related consequences.

We encourage you to stand apart from most parents, take an active role, and communicate with your student. Here are a few resources to help parents/family members with these important conversations around alcohol and other drug use:


  • The Educational Development Center views health as the presence of physical, mental and social well-being, not simply the absence of illness. They work with health care professionals to be able to find information in EDC publications and also learn more about their projects designed to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Campus Health and Safety is an online resource for higher education administrators, students, parents and other professionals who are seeking information about creating healthier and safer living and learning environments for college and university students, both on campus and in the surrounding community.
  • The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updated and credible information regarding alcohol, other drugs, and public health. This Center is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people – at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions and promoting health through strong partnerships.
  • Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth provides a comprehensive look at the marketing of alcohol to youth.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration works to discourage impaired driving through a three-pronged strategy: high-visibility law enforcement with supporting communication campaigns; enhanced prosecution and adjudication; and medical screening and brief intervention for alcohol abuse problems.
  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism houses information on alcohol research that is conducted nationwide. It includes a database with quick facts on alcohol related topics.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment and mental health services.