Realize your highest potential.
We promote an environment where the use of alcohol and other drugs does not prevent you from realizing their highest potential of intellectual, physical and human development. The university implements evidence-based policies, programs, and services assessing their success through measurable goals.
Alcohol and Other Drug Education services and initiatives include:
- Prevention and educational resources
- Alcohol class information
- Bystander intervention tips
- Alcohol and other drug resources
- Legal and Disciplinary sanction information
Prevention and Response Strategies
Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) abuse and high-risk use is a complex problem that requires a complex response. We focus our prevention and response strategies in a three-pronged approach.
- New local ordinances:
Assist and support the creation of new ordinances that help reduce alcohol consumption (i.e. public intoxication).
- Dunn County Alcohol Task Force:
Work with an alliance of UW-Stout and Menomonie Police for regularly patrolling underage parties as well as bar checks.
- Encourage strict consequences and consistent enforcement by the University with personalized brief motivational interviews and/or service referrals.
- Send a unified message regarding AOD from various areas and campus departments—the Alcohol Philosophy Statement, I Step Up or Smart+Healthy as examples.
- “Think About It” requirement: Incoming freshman are required to complete the online program prior to arriving on campus. It is a substance abuse and sexual violence prevention program that gives students the tools they need to confront and prevent serious campus problems.
- Alcohol Awareness Program I (CHOICES): alcohol class is provided to individuals who receive a 1st underage citation.
- Drinker’s Check-up (DCU): Stout students receive a minimum of two individual counseling sessions utilizing BASICS. Students receive motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and personalized feedback. (2nd underage citation Stout students only).
- Individual Counseling: Free individual sessions provided to Stout students who want to address substance use.
- Consulting: Individual consultation and resources are available regarding AOD issues and best practices.
- Referral services: Acting as an agent of referral for further AOD needs of students (i.e. AA, NA, treatment facilities).
- The Chancellor’s Coalition brings campus and community members together monthly to discuss issues & initiatives.
- Peer Mentor Trainings are provided to resident advisors, orientation leaders & athletes to assist their facilitating peer discussions about responsible use, bystander intervention and assisting others. “STEP Up!” & “I Step Up!” for example.
- “Think About It” is a required online program for our incoming freshmen. Throughout the program students are asked questions about their perceptions surrounding drug/alcohol use, relationships, and sex. Feedback is instantly given showing their peers’ responses, helping break through the dangerous illusion that “everybody else is doing it”.
- Intellectual classroom conversations about responsible use and safety.
- More students and faculty engaged in the conversation about strategies to reduce high-risk drinking and/or other drug use.
- And, as always...the consideration of our own responsible use and the message our behavior sends to students.