Ohio University

skip to main content


The following particular initiatives have been undertaken by units across campus, primarily from 1996 to the present, and are intended to reduce high risk drinking by Ohio University students.



  • President McDavis announced major revisions to University strategy for reducing high-risk drinking (2006).
  • Convened campus-wide  Day of Dialogue, hosted by President McDavis, Provost Krendl and Student Senate President Footer, to consider options for altering institutional response to high-risk drinking (2006).
  • Initiated revision of disciplinary response and associated conditions of sanction to adopt consistent research-proven interventions and expand and intensify disciplinary response; report of the Alcohol Response Protocol Task Force completed (2005).
  • Initiated comprehensive review of initiatives in light of NIAAA's " A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges  (2005).
  • Added senior leadership to CARDD coalition with appointment of Dean of Students as chair (1998) and Assistant VP of Student Affairs as co-chair (2003).
  • Incorporated "Bring Your Own Judgment (BYOJ)" approach to decision making to Precollege orientation for new students and their parents, and the President's Convocation for First Year Students (2002).
  • Developed a substance free residence hall option on campus (1999) and expanded to three halls (2002).
  • Formed a coalition of over 60 students, faculty, staff, and community members to work collaboratively to reduce high risk drinking (Coalition Addressing Responsible Drinking Decisions or CARDD) (1996).
  • Hired full time prevention specialist as part of staff of Office of Health Education & Wellness, now Health Promotion (1992).



  • Adopted "BASICS" as an intervention for alcohol-related disciplinary violations; continued "Prime for Life" and dropped "Bridging the Gap" (2006).
  • Adopted "AlcoholEdu for College" as required component of orientation for new first year students (2004).
  • Developed extended orientation series (through fall quarter) on high risk drinking, sexual assault, diversity and academic success (2001); partnered with others to include new fraternity/sorority members and athletes (2003).
  • Adopted "Alcohol EDU" in web-delivered form for use as educational sanction (2002).
  • Adopted "Prime for Life" as an educational sanction for second-time offenders (2002).
  • Expanded focus in Precollege orientation of consequences of illegal and inappropriate alcohol use (2001).
  • Adopted "Alcohol 101" in CD rom form as educational sanction for low-level judicial violations (2000).
  • Initiated effort to educate parents of incoming students about high risk drinking through distribution of national publication as part of Precollege (2000).



  • Collaborated with Communication & Marketing to develop student video PSA competition around "Stop at the Buzz" (2004).
  • Developed on and off-campus "Party Patrol" to educate students on responsible party hosting (2002). Developed POWER, a volunteer group of undergraduate students who educate their peers on alcohol issues (1995).



Community Relations
  • Created  Off-Campus Living Office  (2004).
  • Provided testimony to Ohio Department of Public Safety's Alcohol Assessment for Ohio (2002).
  • Assisted in planning and participated in Athens-area "Public Policy Panel on Underage Access to Alcohol" (2002).
  • Initiated campaign with local tavern owners to diminish "Court Street Shuffle" (2002).
  • Planned and hosted regional CAMPUS meeting (2002).
  • Participated in First Lady's "Leadership Summit to Keep Children Alcohol Free" (2001-04).
  • Consulted on development of statewide CAMPUS strategic plan (2001-02).
  • Joined TEAM Athens, a community-based coalition (1999 - present).
  • Assisted in planning and participated in statewide CAMPUS Conference for improving collaboration between higher education and local/state law enforcement on issues related to high risk drinking (1999-2002).
  • Recruited two wholesalers and two retailers to participate in the coalition (1999).
  • Trained staff and community members to provide "responsible server" training for campus and community (1999).
  • Joined the Ohio College Initiative to Reduce High Risk Drinking (1998 - present).



Academics Curriculum
  • Developed and initiated distribution of report on relationship between high risk drinking and academic failure (2004).
  • Implemented learning community pilot in first year residence halls to enhance academic focus; secured funding to expand (1999); expanded learning communities to total of 20 (2004).
  • Added information about high risk drinking behaviors of students to orientations for new faculty and teaching associates (2001); bolstered connections between Health Education, now Health Promotion, staff and faculty through resource fair (2003).
  • Publicized to faculty results of local study on relationship between high risk drinking and academic failure (2002).
    Made faculty referral guide available on web (2001).
  • Developed publication for faculty and staff on identifying and assisting students who have problems related to alcohol use (2000).



Social Marketing
  • Secured additional grants of $8,000 and $5,000 to implement phases 2 & 3 of campaign – focused on relationship between high risk drinking and high risk sexual activity, and legal and judicial consequences (2002; 2003).
  • Used student focus groups to develop messages for campaign; initiated BYOJ (Bring Your Own Judgment) campaign (1999).
  • Secured grant of $20,000 to support the development of a social norming campaign (1998).



Activities & Programming
  • Partnered with Campus Recreation to test Friday night intramurals in winter/spring terms (2004, 2005).
  • Secured funding (to restore cut funding) to expand late night/weekend programming activities (2004).
  • Reassigned Assistant Director of Student Activities to coordinate development and delivery of late night programming (2004).
  • Merged existing program-related groups into Program Advisory Committee to assist and advise (2004).
  • Expanded late night programs to include Laughter After Dark, Late Night Poker, OU Idol, & After Hours (2004).
  • Developed web-based calendar of campus events to improve access to info for all students (2003).
  • Developed Baker Nights as routinely available weekend programs (2002).
  • Expanded Midnight Movies (with University Program Council) (2002).
  • Established Late Night Programming Committee comprised of leaders of student programming organizations and provided $3,000 in seed funding for late night programs (2002).
  • Created "The Groove," an on-line catalog of opportunities for student involvement (2002).
  • Created "Fun" website to highlight this weeks activities on campus and in community (2002).
  • Purchased and renovated Athena Theater (2001).
  • Created $75,000 pool to fund new weekend social activities organized by staff (1999).
  • Created 7 new campus social activities (Cosmic Bowling, Open Stage, Coffeehouse Concerts, Midnight Movies, Game Night, Who Done It? and Dinner & a Movie) (1999).
  • Increased programming through Residence Life and Campus Recreation (1999).
  • Provided $100,000 additional funding to student government to fund more student organization events (1998).



Assessment & Evaluation
  • Completed biennial review relative to Drug-Free Schools Act; expanded process to include regional campuses (2003).
  • Developed customized instrument to assess student attitudes and behaviors relative to high risk drinking (2002).
  • Assessed pre-college high risk drinking behavior of entering first year students through CIRP (2001).
  • Piloted classroom administration of CORE survey (2001).
  • Completed study on relationship between high risk drinking and academic performance, using CORE survey data to compare first year students on probation at the end of fall quarter with those not on probation (2001).
  • Secured funding to replicate CORE survey bi-annually (2000).
  • Assessed effectiveness of pilot program on parental notification (2000).
  • Completed baseline and follow-up CORE surveys on student behavior and attitudes relative to use of alcoholic beverages and other drugs (1997, 1999 & 2001).



Policy & Enforcement
  • Initiated routine operations-level joint City/University planning in anticipation of problematic weekends (2004).
  • Expanded educational sanctions for first and second time alcohol-related offenders of Code of Conduct (2002).
  • Changed Greek alcohol policy to one of modified substance free (2000).
  • Adopted policy of notifying parents of alcohol and drug violations of students (2000).
  • Adopted a policy prohibiting possession of empty alcoholic beverage containers in residence hall rooms of students who are under 21 (2000).
  • Developed "Bridging the Gap" as educational sanction for repeat alcohol-related offenders of Code of Conduct (2000).
  • Created the Second Chance diversion program, an education/community service program for students arrested for intoxication (1999).
  • Created the HABITS program, an education and enforcement partnership with Ohio Department of Public Safety (Liquor Division) and Athens Police Department (1999).
  • Initiated routine review of off-campus misconduct by students by University Judiciaries (1999).
  • Adopted policies for residence halls to limit growth of Athens' annual Halloween celebration (1999).
  • Initiated pilot project to notify parents of alcohol and drug violations of students (1999).



  • Added comprehensive communication on University expectations for behavior to Connect OHIO which will be first distributed to students admitted for start in fall, 2007 (2006).
  • Developed website on University efforts to reduce high-risk drinking with targeted information and resources for students, faculty and parents (2006).
  • Redesigned "Current Students" website to improve communication with students about opportunities for positive student engagement in campus life (2006).
  • Expanded parental notification to include notice of all alcohol and drug-related offenses for first and second year students under age 21 (2006).
  • Developed online Student Handbook to provide more ready access to information about University expectations (2006). § Removed shot glasses from list of approved uses of University mark (2004).
  • Initiated redesign of departmental websites (Health Promotion, Student Health Services, and Counseling & Psychological Services) and creation of separate website with resources about high-risk drinking and information on CARDD initiatives (2004).
  • Initiated communication campaign on consequences of community-based misbehavior (2003).



  • Created Treatment Committee within CARDD to begin to examine campus and community treatment options for students with alcohol-related addictions (2005).