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Alcohol Initiatives
§  Evidence-Based Alcohol Interventions for both judicially mandated and self-identified at-risk students
o  CHOICES Program (also conducted for all freshmen at orientation)
o   Brief Motivational Interviews (BMIs)
o   Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (B.A.S.I.C.S.)
o   "Alcohol Innerview" for student athletes
§  Campus Facilities & Social Space
o   Creation of 24-hour co-educational study and social space in the Aquinas Lounge and the Slavin Center
o   Creation of PC Perk, with hours extending to 2am on weeknights and 3am on weekends
o   Creation of additional lounge space in the traditional residence halls 
§  Residence Hall Environment Initiatives
o   Increased number of evening, late-night and weekend programming
o   “Coffeehouse” event offered from 10pm to 2am every Friday of the academic year
o   Class-year specific housing (freshmen residence halls, sophomore floors and junior/senior housing)
o   The following traditional residence halls expressly prohibit alcohol within/on its premises: Raymond, McVinney, Guzman, McDermott
o   All forms of hard alcohol are prohibited in all residence halls, suites and apartment complexes
o   Limiting the quantity of alcohol allowed in residence facilities per of-age student
o   Implementation of party registration protocol and training of party-hosts in TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)
o   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
§  Office of Off-Campus Living
o   Red Cup Campaign
o   Bolstered collaborative efforts between Providence College Security, Providence Police, local area institutions and the Providence neighborhood to minimize alcohol abuse off campus
o   House to house visits to educate students regarding alcohol policies and state laws
o   Mandatory meeting with all juniors slated to move off campus to inform them of policies and state laws prior to their move
§  Staff Training and Development Initiatives
o   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
o   Resident Assistants and Simply Healthy Peer Educators trained to facilitate the CHOICES program targeting all incoming students
o   TIPS training (Training for Intervention Procedures) received by all McPhail’s staff and Residence Life professionals
o   Residence Life & Security personnel certified by Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB)
o   All incoming students are required to attend sexual assault workshops that seek to educate them regarding sexual assault and the impact alcohol has in influencing their behavior as it relates to this grave issue
§  Emergency Response Protocols
o   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
o   Increased guidelines for the assessment and transport of intoxicated students by medical professionals
o   Mandatory and immediate evaluation of student disposition of all alcohol-related transported students by Gateway mental health professionals before returning to campus
o   Mandatory session with the Substance Abuse Clinical Counselor for all transported students upon return to campus
o   Mandatory parent notification after alcohol transports
o   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
o   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
o   Bolstered relationship with the Office of Health and Wellness to increase the number of on-campus alcohol abuse reduction opportunities and programs
o   Cross-departmental collaborative late-night weekend programming through the PC After Hours Committee to provide healthy alternatives to students
o   SAIL provides a significant number of late night and early morning activities and programs on weekends and week nights
o   Alcohol Awareness Week
§  Availability of alcohol on campus for of-age students
o   Banning all hard alcohol within all residence halls and apartment complexes except for mixed drinks made by certified bartenders at McPhail’s entertainment facility
o   Eliminating the sale of alcohol at McPhail’s entertainment facility on Thursday evenings (thereby limiting the availability of alcohol to Friday and Saturday evenings and occasional Monday night football games)
o   Elimination of the “Mug Club”
§  Student Conduct
o   Increased educational sanctions  related to alcohol offenses such as: research papers, reflection papers, punitive damages, motivational interviewing, probation, and community service hours and projects
o   Publicly informing students of all policies related to alcohol utilizing various marketing approaches and attending Orientation , Student Congress meetings, and Athletics
o   Offer 1 hour alcohol education program facilitated by the Health and Wellness Educator
o   Hazing workshops facilitated by an outside expert were mandatorily attended by staff, coaches, student athletes and student leaders
§  Ongoing Alcohol and Drug Initiatives at the Personal Counseling Center
o   Provide an ongoing psychotherapy group
o   Use of ongoing screening methods: Cage Aid and AUDIT
o   Refer to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous community groups as needed
o   Referral and follow up for intensive substance abuse treatment to community providers including: Adcare, Butler, Codac, The Providence Center and Gateway
o   Informal presentations upon request by RA’s related to alcohol/substance or other wellness concerns
o   Provide ongoing psycho- education, assessment and resource booklets/pamphlets available in the waiting are 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
Steven A. Sears, Ed.D, MBA
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
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