Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention Plan

In order to adhere to requirements and standards as set by the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, UA Cossatot has developed a comprehensive drug and alcohol awareness and prevention plan.

Plan Objectives

  • Inform – Students and Employees about UA Cossatot policies regarding the use of drugs and alcohol, as well as the legal implications and consequences.
  • Educate – Students and Employees about the effects of drug and alcohol abuse on overall health, wellness, and social well being.
  • Support – Students and Employees struggling with drug and alcohol related issues by having referral services information and designated staff available for counsel.
  • Maintain – A drug and alcohol free environment on all UA Cossatot campuses by informing, educating, and supporting students and employees. 

Categories and Strategies

UA Cossatot has identified the major categories or groupings of strategies integral to the implementation of a comprehensive campus initiative. They are as follows:

  1. Awareness and Information: Media campaigns, social marketing, public information, large-scale events.
    • Student Handbook/UAC Catalog (already done)
    • Employee handbook (already done)
    • Counseling page of website
    • Orientation packet flyer
    • Red Ribbon Week
    • Slide broadcast on Student Services TV in Ashdown student center, Nashville café area, and DeQueen student center
  2. Targeted and Environmental Approach: Focus on the campus atmosphere, emphasis on specific audiences, including sub-populations or high-risk groups.
    • Flyers/brochures in student center and café areas
    • Module in Success Strategies (already done)
    • Student orientation
    • New employee orientation
  3. Curriculum: Courses, modules and syllabi, lectures, lesson plans.
    • Short module in Success Strategies (already done)
    • Student orientation Drug and Alcohol Awareness Self-Assessment (could be done in Success Strategies)
    • Ask ENGL Instructors to incorporate into one assignment (maybe journal entry)
    • Effects of drug and alcohol abuse on employment in Employment Strategies
  4. Peer Based Initiatives: Student led initiatives, peer education, advising.
    • One S4S hosted program/event per year (maybe around spring break)
    • One Social/Wellbeing Committee hosted program/event per year
  5. Training: Efforts for faculty, staff, students, campus leaders, others.
    • Brief session in January In-Service for employees
    • Training included in Success Strategies for students (already done)
  6. Support Services: Screening, interventions with high-risk drinkers, support groups, counseling, and referral.
    • Counseling with Student Services Counselor and/or Career Pathways Counselor for students
    • Counseling with Human Resources and/or Counselor for employees
    • Referral to appropriate agency if needed
  7. Staffing and Resources: Professional and internship personnel, position description, libraries, electronic services.
    • Student Services Staff for students
    • Human Resources/appropriate Administrator for employees
    • Kimball Library – Drug and alcohol awareness and prevention information center.
  8. Policies and Implementation: Policy development, linkages with institutional mission, procedures, dissemination, and policy review.
    • Section 2.4 Employee Handbook – Drug Free Workplace Policy
    • Section 7.3 and 7.4 Employee Handbook
    • Page 49 Student Handbook/UAC Catalog – Drug Free School Policy
    • Board Policy 464 Section F
    • Board Policy 479
    • Board Policy 533
    • These could also be cited on the Counselor’s page of website in the Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention section
  9. Enforcement: Police role, discipline process, campus judicial system.
    • Human Resources and appropriate Administrator for employees
    • Section 3.9 and 3.10 Employee Handbook
    • Page 58 Student Handbook/UAC Catalog – Student Grievance Procedures
  10. Assessment and Evaluation: Needs assessment, instrumentation, quantitative and qualitative approaches, research findings, dissemination.
    • Add “Drug and Alcohol Related Offenses” to Campus Security Report.
    • Pre-test and post-test in-service session on drug and alcohol awareness and prevention.
    • Annual student questionnaire on Survey Monkey, link emailed to students

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events to Implement the UA Cossatot Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention Plan.

Year round:

  • Information on Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention is disseminated via UA Cossatot Catalog
  • Information on Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention is available in the Kimball Library
  • Student Services Counselor and Career Pathways Counselor are available for counseling, support, and referral

Spring Semester (January – May):Success Strategies courses cover the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse

January:

  • In-Service Session for employees on Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention
  • Employee Drug and Alcohol Survey
  • Student Drug and Alcohol Survey

February (after 11th class day):

  • Email to all students regarding UA Cossatot standards of conduct regarding the use of drugs and alcohol, description of consequences of unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol on school property, description of drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs available, description of health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol, and a clear statement that the College will impose sanctions on students who violate the standards of conduct.

March:

  • Students 4 Students host a Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention event prior to spring break

Fall semester open enrollment (April – August):

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention implemented into orientation procedures

May:

  • Social and Wellbeing Committee hosts a Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention event prior to faculty’s summer break

Fall Semester (August – December): Success Strategies courses cover the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse

August:

  • In-Service Session for employees on Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention
  • Student Drug and Alcohol Survey emailed to students

September (after 11th class day):

  • Email to all students regarding UA Cossatot standards of conduct regarding the use of drugs and alcohol, description of consequences of unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol on school property, description of drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs available, description of health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol, and a clear statement that the College will impose sanctions on students who violate the standards of conduct.

Spring semester open enrollment (October – January):

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention implemented into orientation procedures

October:

  • All CCCUA Campuses participate in Red Ribbon Week

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