What is High Expectations?

High Expectations is an early-intervention program designed to help students evaluate the risks associated with marijuana and other drug use. It is an empathetic, confidential, non-judgmental program open to all JMU students.

It consists of two, 50-minute interview sessions that use self-assessment of drug use, behavior and potential risks, and then helps students identify potential changes to reduce future drug-related negative consequences.

High Expectations is not an addiction treatment program. Referral to appropriate community resources is available.

Looking for a Change?

Some students may struggle with the use of marijuana and other drugs while in college. Additionally, students may have a hard time coping with the negative consequences that come from using drugs. High Expectations can help students who want to examine or reduce their marijuana and other drug use.

High Expectations can help students who are:

To discuss the appropriateness of High Expectations for yourself or for a student, please contact Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Paige Hawkins at hawkinsp@jmu.edu or 540-568-2831.

Call 540-568-2831 to schedule an appointment.

Where to go

The University Health Center is located in the Student Success Center at 724 South Mason Street. There are bike racks on both sides of the Student Success Center; bus stops at the Student Success Center, Miller Hall, and the corner of Mason Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way; and there is limited parking in the Mason Street Parking Deck. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your appointment at The Well - the first floor entrance of the University Health Center off the atrium of the Student Success Center.

The University Health Center strives to make its programs and services as accessible and inclusive as possible. Please let a staff member know if assistance is needed or the University Health Center is difficult to access for any reason.


There is no fee to attend High Expectations sessions. (No-shows will be billed $25 to the student's account).

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