Alcohol & Drug Education
Tools and Support for a Healthy Campus
The Alcohol & Drug program at WPI provides education, assessment, and intervention, to create a safe and healthy campus by reducing negative consequences that can be associated with substance abuse.
The AOD Task Force
The Alcohol & Drug (AOD) Task Force brings students and staff together to discuss substance use culture on campus, plan educational opportunities, and increase communication for a healthy environment at WPI. To participate, email Erica Tolles, Assistant Director of Alcohol & Drug Programming, or call +1-508-831-5540.
“Alcohol on Campus: A Message to Parents”
Parents and guardians are important in influencing children’s behavior and attitudes, so WPI uses the Alcohol on Campus: A Message to Parents (.pdf 1.75mb) brochure created by the Worcester Consortium, to encourage dialogue about alcohol between parents/guardians and their students. Our goal is to help students learn to make responsible choices.
Alcohol Edu for College is a prevention program personalized to each student. This learning experience motivates behavioral change, resets unrealistic expectations about the effects of alcohol, links choices about drinking to academic and personal success, helps students practice safer decision making, and engages them to create a healthier campus community. First-year students are expected to complete part one (1.5–2.5 hours) of the program before arriving at WPI. After some time on campus, they are asked to finish part two (15 minutes), which concludes the program.
PASS (Promoting Alcohol & Substance Safety)
Peer educators help students learn the facts about alcohol and other drugs, as well as harm reduction, bystander intervention, and how to help support a loved one struggling with substance abuse. For more information, email Julie Glovin, or call +1-508-831-5440.
The Step Up bystander intervention program was developed by the University of Arizona. It aims to educate students about helping behaviors and increase their confidence in responding to problems, thus enhancing the safety of their campus. Step Up training focuses on various situations where intervention would be appropriate. All first-year Greek students are required to complete Step Up.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students)
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is an evidence-based intervention that helps students examine their own alcohol use. Students may be referred to the SDCC for a two-part BASICS as a result of an alcohol-related violation, or choose to participate on their own, to learn harm reduction strategies for their drinking. The program is designed to be empathetic and non-confrontational, encouraging students to reflect honestly on their alcohol use—and explore the possibility of change.
BASICS with Marijuana or Other Drugs
This brief intervention is also available for students using marijuana or other drugs and want to learn more about their use and explore making changes. The program is designed to educate students on the facts about substances so they may make informed decisions. Students who engage openly with the program have the opportunity to learn coping skills for risk reduction.
Substance Abuse Counseling
Students interested in exploring their use of alcohol or other drugs can meet with a counselor at the SDCC. They may seek treatment because they’re contemplating change or because they’ve experienced negative consequences from use. Counseling involves having an honest conversation about use, identifying goals, and developing skills that will lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Concerned about a friend’s use of alcohol or other drugs? Counselors are available to discuss how others’ use affects you, and how you can support a friend. For an appointment with a counselor, call +1-508-831-5540.
Questions about Alcohol & Drug Education at WPI?
Email Erica Tolles, MA, LMHC, Assistant Director of Alcohol & Drug Programming, or call +1-508-831-5540.