College is a time to explore independence and choice-making. The majority of CSU students make wise choices about alcohol and other drugs. However, for some students, alcohol and other drug use can be a major obstacle to their personal and academic success.
Health Education and Prevention Services staff work collaboratively on substance abuse prevention efforts, focused on helping students make healthy and responsible choices, while avoiding harm to self and others. Strategies used address negative effects of misuse and abuse at the individual, group and community level.
Key initiatives from CSU’s Substance Abuse Prevention Strategic Plan include:
- Required completion of AlcoholEdu, an online course that empowers students to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and prepares them to respond in risky drinking situations, by all first-year students and transfer students under age 23 by the first day of classes of their first semester on campus.
- Targeted trainings and outreach through campus communication campaigns, that include student awareness of Party Patrols, DUI check points, ID checks before they occur, and trainings during identified high-risk times of the academic year and to identified high-risk populations.
- Bystander intervention and norms clarification training provided to incoming students during Ram Orientation and to key influencer groups on campus, including orientation leaders, mentors, resident assistants, and others.
- Research with the CSU Marijuana Research Group to assess the use of an online marijuana screening tool with personalized feedback.
- Cross-promotion of party-smart and safety related programs offered at CSU, including RamRide (safe ride home), Party Registration, and substance-free programming on campus
- Campus and community policy changes to align with campus and community needs, research and best practices in the field, such as Smoke-Free Campus, Social Host Ordinance, and increased enforcement of DUIs, fake IDs, and party/noise violations.
- Partnerships with CSU Police, Student Resolution Center, Residence Life, Off-Campus Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Athletics, Public Safety, Orientation and Transition Programs, City of Fort Collins Police Services, Team Wellness and Prevention, and other campus and community entities to ensure collaboration and most effective use of resources.
To learn more, contact Health Education and Prevention Services at (970) 491-1702.