Alcohol and Other Drugs

Oregon State University is committed to maintaining an educational environment and workplace free from drugs and alcohol. The university supports programs for the prevention of abuse of alcohol and controlled substances by university students and employees, as well as assistance programs for those with problems related to controlled substance abuse. We strive to educate the campus community about responsible alcohol and other drug use.

OSU and the "3-in-1 Framework"

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) established a committee to determine the state of prevention for institutions of higher education and submitted a report titled “A Call To Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges.” This report has become the cornerstone by which alcohol abuse prevention programming on college campuses is based. The committee determined that few prevention programs had enough research support to suggest that they would be “proven effective” for college students (NIAAA, 2002). However, this report did outline a framework for developing a comprehensive prevention strategy on U.S college campuses. The “3-in-1 framework,” as it is now known, describes structuring policies, programs, and practices that are focused on three levels of intervention:

1. Individual students (and student groups);

2. Campus as a whole; and

3. Campus and surrounding community.

OSU has been working toward such a framework, incorporating the following procedures and partnerships:  

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

OSU ascribes to the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). CAS is a consortium of 35 professional associations concerned with the development and promulgation of professional standards and guidelines for student learning and personal development support programs and services in institutions of higher learning. The mission of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education is to promote the improvement of programs and services to enhance the quality of student learning and development. CAS is a consortium of professional associations who work collaboratively to develop and promulgate standards and guidelines and to encourage self-assessment. 

Policy Enforcement

OSU supports consistent enforcement of violations of the OSU alcohol and other drug policies and state laws. OSU works closely with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission via a partnership with the Oregon State Police in the enforcement and education regarding such policies and the state laws.

U.S Department of Education Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations

Part 86, the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations (Education Department General Administrative Regulations [EDGAR]), requires that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education (IHE) must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. If audited, failure to comply with the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations may cause an institution to forfeit eligibility for federal funding.

In order to be able to certify its compliance with the regulations, an IHE must adopt and implement a drug prevention program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees both on school premises and as part of any of its activities. Creating a program that complies with the regulations requires an IHE to do the following:

  • Annually notify each employee and student, in writing, of standards of conduct; a description of appropriate sanctions for violation of federal, state, and local law and campus policy; a description of health risks associated with AOD use; and a description of available treatment programs.­­
  • Develop a sound method for distributing annual notification information to every student and staff member each year.
  • Prepare a biennial review on the effectiveness of its AOD programs and the consistency of sanction enforcement.
  • Maintain its biennial review on file, so that, if requested to do so by the U.S. Department of Education, the campus can submit it.

Off-Campus Involvement

Oregon Colleges and Community Coalition on Alcohol Conference: OSU has been a participating member of the Coalition and been a frequent host of the OCCC Conference. The emphasis of the conference is to reduce underage drinking on college campuses and to reinforce the efficacy of Campus/Community Coalitions.

The Partnership for Reducing Underage Drinking: This community-based coalition involves members of the community surrounding OSU that work together to prevent underage drinking.

Governor’s Taskforce to Reduce Underage Drinking: OSU is a represented as a member of this taskforce.