College and university presidents and trustees, as leaders of their institutions, have the power to send a powerful message that their schools are committed to student safety, well-being, and academic success. Drug and alcohol use poses a dangerous threat in all three of these areas, which is why implementing evidence-based substance use prevention strategies is an urgent and fundamental duty for university leadership. Dr. Michael Poliakoff The continuing reports of alcohol-related sexual assaults, injuries, and deaths are by themselves compelling reasons for trustees and administrators to...

S. Nicole Ferguson, M.Ed. As college landscapes change, student behavior seems to remain a constant. Sure, they find new techniques and new, creative ways to commit violations, but generally speaking, it’s all the same. This notion is something student conduct administrators (sometimes known as judicial officers) deal with on an annual basis. Every school year, we eagerly wait as our halls begin to fill with students and our classrooms are prepared to teach ready minds. All we ask ourselves is…what now? We make signs, we post information on our websites, we collaborate with colleagues, and...

Faith DeNardo College health professionals have worked hard to decrease traditional tobacco use on campuses by implementing policy and providing education and programming aimed at prevention. The progression from occasional to daily smoking almost always occurs by age 26(1), making college environments an excellent place to engage folks in cessation and prevention strategies. However, e-cigarettes pose a new challenge to college health. The 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey(2) shows that e-cigarette use by youth has reached alarming levels. Among 12th graders, students who reported vaping...

There is a high cost for not implementing best practices in drug abuse prevention for students, campuses, and the larger community. Drug abuse can have many short- and long-term negative effects including physical and mental health problems, legal consequences, and impairment in many areas of a person’s life, from school to work and interpersonal functioning. The majority of students are attending institutions of higher education to not only further their education, but also to enrich their future employment opportunities. Drug abuse can interfere with a student’s ability to be successful in...

For practitioners working on alcohol and other drug prevention in higher education, it is important for us to engage with our communities of focus to create buy-in, understand needs, and implement strategies that will have a higher likelihood of success. While college students are certainly a busy population, campus environments offer many opportunities to engage with students to enhance alcohol and other drug prevention and education efforts.   Kimberly Liao Understanding Student Needs Understanding student needs is a crucial first step to help prioritize issues, set measurable goals and...

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