What is the Collegiate Recovery Community?

We believe that students in recovery should have a college environment free from shame and stigma, with support and services tailored to their needs and designed with the aid of other students in recovery.  

Through our Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) we provide a nurturing environment in which students recovering from addiction obtain recovery support while working towards their collegiate goals. Participation in the CRC opens new opportunities for long-term academic and career growth. New social and professional networks, activities and events help students to build positive life skills while they are supported in their decision to live a life in recovery. The CRC offers students a “typical” college experience without the burden of alcohol or other drugs.

The CRC is not a treatment facility or a halfway house. We do not provide residential or outpatient treatment or work with government entities such as drug court, probation, or parole. We support students at Oregon State University with three or more months of sobriety who want to remain drug- and alcohol-free.

Mission statement

The mission of the Collegiate Recovery Community is to provide engaging and understanding support to Oregon State University students in recovery or who are contemplating entering into recovery.

Our recovery community is rooted in the belief that no student should feel alone and that every student should receive the support they need, in the way they need it, from the people that they find most comfortable. We are here to support the individual student's efforts in their recovery, academics, and continued success through strong and responsive recovery support.

Our doors are open to anyone who is looking for support.


  1. Create holistic and responsive support for students in recovery from addiction. This support will take the shape of a unified community that not only strengthens a student's sobriety, but also supports their success as students, leaders, and community members at Oregon State University.
  2. Ensure that both prospective and current students are aware of the Collegiate Recovery Community and the benefits it offers, as well as viewing all of OSU as a recovery-supportive home.
  3. Reducing stigma associated with addiction and recovery by expanding and enhancing existing campus wide dialogue around these issues, including increasing the normalization of the sober student experience.

The values of the Collegiate Recovery Community are defined by the members and reflect what they believe is important for a recovery support program.

These values are the core beliefs of our program and are what help us attain our mission. Our values define our culture and our community:

The family that you choose

The CRC considers all of its members as part of its family. We are invested in supporting each other in our journey in sobriety. We are a unified community that holds one another accountable for remaining true to the community's cause and the individual member's stated values.


Our community is built on the trust each once of us has that we all will treat one another with respect. We are committed to remain open to new and different paths to recovery and will not judge others for their approach. Our community is a safe space, and it is also place to be brave when we are ready. We are committed to sustaining this environment.


As a community we recognize that individuals in recovery will flourish when the mind, body, and soul are nurtured. Our community commits to partnering with campus and community organizations to create programs that will strengthen our member's recovery and ability to succeed as students at OSU.

    CRC advisory board

    Upon inception in September 2012, the advisory board sought to create and implement a plan for a CRC on Oregon State’s campus. The advisory board created a vision for OSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community, to best meet the unique needs of our student body. The community was inspired by different aspects of recovery community programs at the University of VermontAugsberg CollegeTexas Tech University, and Rutgers University.

    Board members

    • Sara Caldwell-Kan (Peer Wellness Specialist)
    • Karen Chrisman (Medical Records Specialist)
    • Karen Elliott (Public Health Instructor)
    • Gerry Frank (Housing & Dining Maintenance)
    • Jenny Haubenreiser (SHS Executive Director)
    • Raphelle Rhoads (Student Conduct & Community Standards)
    • John Ruyak (Alcohol, Drug, and Recovery Specialist)
    • Cathy Sullivan (Fitness Services and Education)
    • Jim Gouveia (CAPS Counselor)
    • Jay Vandenbogaard (Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor)
    • Sam McMorran (Disability Access Services)