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Substance Abuse Prevention Toolbox

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The University Health Center provides substance abuse prevention, intervention, recovery, and is located in the Student Success Center (724 S Mason St).

Contact uhcsap@jmu.edu or 540-568-2831 for more information.


Tools and resources faculty/staff can help students be aware of:

  • Your Call - Campaign designed to improve students' alcohol management strategies

  • AlcoholEdu - Two-part evidence-based online alcohol prevention program required for all first-year students that empowers students to make well-informed decisions, helps students better cope with the drinking behavior of peers, motivates behavior change, examines expectations about the effects of alcohol, links choices about drinking to academic and personal success, helps students practice safer decision-making, and engages students to create a healthier campus community

  • Campus Coalition on Alcohol Abuse - Coalition of students, faculty, and staff that considers effective ways to promote short and long-term programs and environmental changes that minimize underage drinking and negative consequences among students, and funding for efforts that align with its mission

  • SafeRides - Student-run, non-profit organization working to prevent drunk driving by educating the JMU community and providing free rides home for students on Friday and Saturday nights

  • REACH - (Reality Educators Advocating Campus Health) Student organization educating and motivating the JMU and surrounding community by offering information and resources for developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles

  • G.A.M.M.A. - (Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol) Student organization promoting inter-Greek collaboration regarding the mature management of alcohol

  • Alcohol-free university events and programming - UREC, Unions, Student Activities and Involvement, UPB, Arts, Athletics

  • Dukes Step Up! - Marketing campaign and skills training initiative to engage and equip students to be active bystanders in our community

  • Drink it Your Way - Periodic SGA outreach a Friday or Saturday night a few times throughout the year where students pass out bottles of water and resource cards to promote alcohol management strategies

  • Postcards from home - Pre-stamped postcards mailed to freshmen parents for them to send to their son/daughter to promote family values, expectations, and healthy choices, as these are major factors in a student’s decision to drink.

  • Madison Family Handbook - Encouraging parents to initiate and reinforce conversations with students about health and safety choices while at JMU

  • 21st birthday postcard to parent - A postcard mailed to parents two weeks prior to their student's 21st birthday, designed to reinforce the influence parents/guardians can have on their child's decision making, and provides specific tips for parents to talk with their child about healthy celebration, alcohol expectancies, and protective strategies

  • Alcohol roundtables - The Office of Residence Life provides small group discussions facilitated by trained graduate students and hall directors at least twice a month about bystander intervention around alcohol abuse and its effect on the community, specifically within the residence hall, for students found in a campus residence with alcohol present, but not drinking

Tools and resources faculty/staff can use to help students:

  • Here to Help - Training session to orient faculty and staff to the spectrum of campus resources available to students in distress or crisis, including those students experiencing problems related to alcohol use and abuse

  • Curriculum infusion - The process of integrating substance abuse prevention content into courses that are regularly offered across the curriculum

  • Syllabus planning around high-risk drinking times - Right column of faculty tab on MyMadison (for faculty, not staff) encourages academic rigor in course planning around high-risk drinking periods in the academic year by complementing the list of high-risk dates with scheduled assignments and assessments

Tools and resources faculty/staff can refer students to:

  • Common Ground - Free, confidential, non-judgmental group program to connect with and engage in conversations with other students about the role of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in their life

  • BASICS - (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) Non-abstinence based, non-treatment, non-judgmental program that helps the student evaluate her/his risk and alcohol expectancies (contact hawkinsp@jmu.edu or 540-568-8934 to schedule or discuss)

  • High Expectations - Non-abstinence based, non-treatment, non-judgmental program that helps the student evaluate her/his risk and marijuana expectancies (contact hawkinsp@jmu.edu or 540-568-8934 to schedule or discuss)

  • A.A. - Open, young persons' Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Fridays, 8pm, Burruss Hall 232

Tools and resources for faculty/staff:

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