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Alcohol & Drug Overuse/Misuse Initiatives

Providence College is committed to educating our students about the dangers associated with the overuse and misuse of alcohol and drugs, to developing campus programs and policies that help to reduce the risk associated with these behaviors, and to ensuring that we have the resources and procedures in place to address problems that may arise from the overuse or misuse of alcohol and/or drugs. Teams from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, the Chaplain’s Office, Public Safety, and the General Counsel’s Office all work collaboratively on the development of our programs and policies.

Skills Education and Training Programs

  • Vector Safe Colleges Alcohol & Other Drugs online program for first-year students and transfer students (alcohol, cannabis, e-cigarettes)
  • CHOICES Program at Orientation 
  • Friar Family: Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training for first-year and transfer students to encourage peer attention, support and intervention.  Small-group interventions are offered to all athletic teams (varsity athletes – “Huddle Up” program), club sports, student groups and resident units.
  • Chris Herron is a national leader and advocate for the prevention of substance abuse. In August of 2017, 2018 and 2019, Mr. Herron spoke to all new students. As a former NBA player, he is regarded as a credible and engaging voice on issues of alcohol and other drug use and abuse.  
  • Discussion guide shared with parents during First Year Student Orientation programming: A Parent Handbook for Talking with College Students About Alcohol (also available in Spanish)

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
  • The unauthorized use or possession of any controlled substance, illegal drug, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited on the Providence College campus

 Off-Campus Life Collaborations & Programs

  • Collaborative efforts between Providence College Public Safety, 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 rising 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
  • At McPhail’s, certified bartenders only serve alcohol
  • Residence Life & Public Safety personnel certified by Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB)

Professional/Departmental Collaborations

  • Working partnership with Residence Life and the Office of Public Safety 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

Personal Counseling Center Ongoing Alcohol and Drug Initiatives

  • 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

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.)

Community Standards Sanctions

  • The Office of Community Standards has focused sanctions for alcohol offenses on educational objectives, including research and reflection papers/assignments, civic and community engagement opportunities, community mentoring program, alcohol intervention meetings, and counseling referrals. 

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
  • Intoxicated students are transported to a medical facility for treatment
  • 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 and completion of the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (B.A.S.I.C.S.) program.  As appropriate, the Personal Counseling Center uses screening methods (Cage Aid and AUDIT); they refer students to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous community groups; and they refer students for intensive substance-abuse treatment to community providers (Adcare, Butler, Codac, Providence Center, Gateway) and confer with those providers as needed.
  • 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.