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Winter Storm Alert- Monday February 8, 2016

All Providence College classes, including evening classes, are cancelled for Monday, February 8th, due to inclement weather.
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The weather line can be reached at 401-865-1012.

Alcohol Overuse/Misuse Initiatives

Alcohol Skills Education and Training Programs

  • AlcoholEDU online program for first-year students
  • CHOICES Program at Orientation 
  • "Alcohol Innerview" for student athletes

Evidence-Based Alcohol Interventions
 for both judicially mandated and self-identified at-risk students

  • Brief Motivational Interviews (BMIs)
  • Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (B.A.S.I.C.S.)

Campus Facilities & Social Space

  • Access to 24-hour co-educational study and social space in the Aquinas Lounge and Slavin Center for all students

Residence Hall Environment Initiatives

  • Evening, late-night and weekend programming
  • Class-year specific housing (freshmen residence halls, sophomore floors and junior/senior housing)
  • The following traditional residence halls expressly prohibit alcohol within/on its premises: Raymond, McVinney, Guzman, McDermott
  • All forms of hard alcohol are prohibited in all residence halls, suites and apartment complexes
  • Limiting the quantity of alcohol allowed in residence facilities per of-age student
  • Party registration protocol and training of party-hosts in TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)
  • Limiting access to alcohol by underage students who are in the presence of students that are of  legal age in the common areas of the suites and apartments

Off-Campus Life

  • Collaborative efforts between Providence College Security, Providence Police, local area institutions and the Providence neighborhood to minimize alcohol abuse off campus
  • House to house visits to educate students regarding alcohol policies and state laws
  • Mandatory meeting with all juniors approved to move off campus to inform them of policies and state laws prior to their move

Staff Training and Development Initiatives

  • Training of professional staff in Motivational Interviewing techniques and Brief Alcohol Intervention strategies by Dr. George Parks, Associate Director of Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington
  • Resident Assistants and Simply Healthy Peer Educators trained to facilitate the CHOICES program targeting all incoming students
  • TIPS training (Training for Intervention Procedures) received by all McPhail’s staff
  • Residence Life & Security personnel certified by Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB)


Emergency Response Protocols

  • Hall Directors & Resident Assistants engage in nightly surveillance of the interior and exterior of the residence halls to enforce policy and uphold the safety and security of the residence community
  • Mandatory and immediate evaluation of student disposition of all alcohol-related transported students by CharterCare mental health professionals before returning to campus
  • Mandatory session with the Substance Abuse Clinical Counselor for all transported students upon return to campus
  • Mandatory parent notification after alcohol transports
  • Caller Amnesty – A student who calls for medical assistance on behalf of another person due to use or abuse of alcohol or drugs will not be subject to judicial action for the following conduct violation(s) only: use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

Professional/Departmental Collaborations

  • Working partnership with Residence Life and the Office of Safety and Security to include residence hall “liaison” assignments that perform surveillance during the evenings and early morning in concert with the building/area’s hall director to enforce policy and build community
  • Cross-departmental collaborative late-night weekend programming through the PC After Hours Committee to provide healthy alternatives to students
  • Student Activities, Recreational Sports, and the Board of Programmers provides a significant number of late night and early morning activities and programs on weekends and week nights


Student Conduct

  • Educational sanctions related to alcohol offenses (such as research papers, reflection papers, punitive damages, motivational interviewing, probation, and community service hours and projects)
  • Publicly informing students of all policies related to alcohol utilizing various marketing approaches and attending Orientation, Student Congress meetings, and Athletics
  • Offer 1 hour alcohol education program facilitated by trained professional staff
  • Hazing workshops facilitated by an outside expert mandatorily attended by staff, coaches, student athletes and student leaders


Ongoing Alcohol and Drug Initiatives at the Personal Counseling Center

  • Provide an ongoing psychotherapy group 
  • Provide ongoing psycho-education, assessment and resources
  • Use of ongoing screening methods: Cage Aid and AUDIT
  • Refer to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous community groups as needed
  • Referral and follow up for intensive substance abuse treatment to community providers including: Adcare, Butler, Codac, The Providence Center and CharterCare
  • Informal presentations upon request by RA’s related to alcohol/substance or other wellness concerns
  • Booklets/pamphlets available in the waiting area of the PCC on topics including:
    • Rethinking Drinking-Alcohol and your health
    • Overcoming Alcohol
    • Booze n’ Bull a lethal mix
    • Cocaine fantasy and nightmare
    • Club Drugs
    • Ecstasy
    • Marijuana
    • Prescription Drug Abuse when help turns to harm
    • Over the Counter Drug Abuse more dangerous than you think
    • Salvia Divinorum don’t be a guinea pig
    • GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine knockout punch
    • Binge Drinking
    • Helping a Friend with a Drinking Problem
    • Adult Children of Alcoholics
    • Alcohol and Other Drug Use Self–Assessment
    • AA Meeting book RI Chapter
    • NA Meeting book RI Chapter

Contact Us

     The Office of the Dean of Students
     Slavin Center 104
     Phone: (401) 865-1782

     Steven Sears, Ed.D, MBA
Assoc. VP for Student Affairs
      Dean of Students
     Tiffany Gaffney, MBA
Assistant Dean of Students
     Sue McCauley
     Assistant to the AVP/Dean of Students

     Office Hours:
     Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

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