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College should be an exciting, enriching experience for you and your student. It is imperative to choose a college that encourages students' academic and social development, promoting campus and community safety.

Why Be Concerned?
  • How do traditional campuses view alcohol and drug use? Deaths from alcohol poisoning and from alcohol-related incidents have occurred on all types of campuses in recent years. Far too often, alcohol and other drug use results in tragedy.
  • Substance abuse is a factor in many accidents, injuries, vandalism, and crime on campuses. It is frequently a key factor when students encounter problems with their coursework.
  • Most college students avoid the unsafe use of alcohol and drugs. At the same time they are still likely to suffer the effects of the high-risk behaviors of their peers. Students who engage in drinking and drug use are not just harming themselves, but also those around them.
  • By knowing about the substance abuse prevention efforts on college campuses, students can increase the chance that they will avoid alcohol and drug related problems to insure they meet their dreams and expectations for college.
The Scope of the Problem
  • Recent research confirms that college campuses continue to have substance abuse problems.
  • Alcohol, of all substances used, causes the most problems on college campuses.
  • Studies show that about 43% of all students report drinking in a high-risk manner at some point in the college career. Twenty percent of students report drinking in a high-risk manner often.
  • Surveys at colleges and universities across the country indicate the percentage of students who used various drugs within the past year: marijuana (32.3 percent); amphetamines (6.5 percent); hallucinogens (7.5 percent); cocaine (3.7 percent); and designer drugs such as Ecstasy (3.6 percent).
  • Such illicit drugs have been factors in many tragedies, including date rape crimes, hospitalizations for overdoses and deaths.
  • It is not only those who engage in high-risk drinking or other drug use that are affected. Students who do not use, or who drink legally and moderately, frequently suffer secondhand effects from the behavior of other students who drink too much.

College Students Encounter Problems When Others Drink Too Much

60.5 % had study or sleep interrupted.

53.6 % had to take care of a drunken student.

29.3 % had been insulted or humiliated.

20.1 % experienced an unwanted sexual advance (women).

18.6 % had a serious argument or quarrel.

13.6 % had property damaged.

9.5 % had been pushed, hit or assaulted.

1.3 % had been a victim of sexual assault or date rape (women).

Source: "College Binge Drinking in the 1990s: A Continuing Problem. Results of the Harvard School of Public Health 1999 College Alcohol Study." Journal of American College Health, 48 (March 2000): 208.

 
What Colleges Are Doing to Address Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
  • Colleges and universities are implementing policies to curb alcohol and other drug use and its associated negative consequences.
  • Some colleges and universities have broad prevention approaches that combine traditional educational programs with strategies aimed at changing the whole environment on campus and in surrounding communities. This approach recognizes that student behavior is influenced at multiple levels, including personal, peer, institutional, community, and public policy.
  • It is not enough for a college to distribute its substance abuse policy printed in the back of a handbook, host a one-day alcohol awareness program, offer counseling programs for those who seek them, and expect the problem to go away.
  • Think about how the school creates a setting that discourages high-risk drinking, helps students who do not drink, or drink legally and moderately.
Programs and Policies That Make a Difference

The following are examples of the strategies many colleges and universities are implementing that can have a positive influence on the campus culture regarding alcohol and other drug use:

  • Working with local communities to ensure that alcohol is not served to minors or to intoxicated students;
  • Strengthening academic requirements;
  • Scheduling classes on Fridays. This strategy emphasizes the importance of academics and discourages the alcohol-fueled partying that may occur on Thursday nights if students do not need to attend classes on Fridays;
  • Keeping the library and recreational facilities open longer hours;
  • Eliminating alcohol-industry support for athletic programs. This includes accepting such funding can be seen as sending a mixed message to students;
  • Restricting alcohol promotions and advertising on campus and in campus publications, especially promotions or ads that feature low-cost drinks;
  • Monitoring fraternities to ensure compliance with alcohol policies and laws;
  • Providing a wide range of alcohol-free social and recreational activities;
  • Disciplining repeat offenders and those who engage in unacceptable behavior associated with substance use;
  • Notifying parents when students engage in serious or repeated violations of alcohol or other drug policies or laws; and
  • Launching a media campaign to inform students about the actual amount of drinking that occurs on campus, since most students overestimate the number of their classmates who drink and the amount that they drink.

 

Campus Safety and Security Department Office Non-Emergency Numbers
  • Dial Ext. 4444 from a campus-based telephone
  • Dial (856) 464-5207 from an off-campus telephone
  • Dial (609) 868-3963 from an off campus telephone to obtain the mobile patrol officer