Alcohol and Other Drugs Statement
The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia promotes a community of student learning, success and well-being. The abuse and illegal use of alcohol or other drugs jeopardize this community by placing the health and safety of individuals at risk and undermining the university’s academic mission. Therefore, we expect all students to act responsibly and in accordance with the law and the university’s code of conduct.
The departments of UGA Student Affairs support this statement through a wide range of programmatic initiatives including, but not limited to:
Nighttime and late-night events that serve as an alternative to activities involving alcohol or other drugs.
Alcohol education for full-time and student staff.
Clear communication of expectations and policies to participants in student programs. Specifically, the University Health Center houses the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education which provides a comprehensive range of evidence-based prevention, early intervention and recovery support services to the UGA community.
- Educating students and faculty about the UGA Responsible Action Protocol.
UGA Responsible Action Protocol
Students are encouraged to make responsible decisions in life-threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or other drug abuse and to seek medical attention for someone who is in danger because of intoxication. Students should alert University officials, UGA or local police, or professional medical personnel when they or their friends are in danger. A student who calls for or seeks emergency assistance on behalf of a student experiencing an alcohol or other drug related emergency may not be subject to mandatory alcohol and other drug sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct.
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The John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education
In an effort to promote an environment that supports responsible decision-making regarding alcohol and other drug use, on campus and in the community, a generous donation from the family of John Fontaine, Jr. has enabled the University of Georgia to create a center for alcohol awareness and education. The goal of the center is to provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based prevention, early intervention and recovery support services to the UGA community.
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In addition to serving as an essential campus resource for alcohol and other drugs education, the Fontaine Center offers the following programs:
- AlcoholEdu - All incoming UGA students are required to complete an online non-judgmental alcohol prevention program designed to empower college students to make well-informed decisions about alcohol use. This course resets unrealistic expectations about the effects of alcohol, links choices about drinking to academic and personal success, and engages students to create a healthier campus community.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) - BASICS was designed to help students to make well-informed alcohol and other drug-use decisions and to reduce their risks for substance abuse related harm. The program consists of three non-confrontational, nonjudgmental sessions with a Health Promotion/Fontaine Center staff member. Any student who's concerned about his or her alcohol or other drug use can choose to attend BASICS. Students who violate UGA’s alcohol and drug policies may be required to attend BASICS. UGA students can also be referred to BASICS by the local courts and/or probation officers.
Fontaine Mentor Program (In collaboration with the office of Student Conduct) - The mentor program promotes student success and persistence by pairing at-risk students with a faculty and/or staff member who assist these students in making progress toward developing a sense of personal purpose. There is strong research supporting that students who participate in mentor programs are more likely to experience success and reduce high risk behaviors.
DAWGS (Drugs and Alcohol With Good Sense) - DAWGS is an interactive group alcohol and other drug education program for UGA students. During each session, a variety of subject matter is introduced, including Values Clarification, Alcohol and Other Drug specific information, Relationship and Group Dynamics, Stress Management, Harm Reduction, the Stages of Change, and Identifying Triggers for Use. In addition to the group sessions, students are required to attend two one-on-one sessions with a Fontaine staff member.
Collegiate Recovery Community - The University of Georgia offers a Collegiate Recovery Community for students who have made a commitment to lead sober, healthy lives. The Collegiate Recovery Community provides an environment in which students recovering from addiction can find peer support as well as other recovery support services while navigating their own college experience.
The Fontaine Center Student Advisory Board - The Fontaine Center Student Advisory Board was created in the fall of 2008 to increase student involvement in the efforts of alcohol awareness and education within the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. The group works to improve the safety and success of UGA students by advising the alcohol awareness and educational endeavors put forth by the Fontaine Center.
Bystander Intervention - The Bystander Intervention program teaches participants how to speak up and/or take action when they encounter problems on campus such as sexual assault situations, alcohol poisoning, noticing that someone may have mental health concerns, relationship abuse, verbal slurs, hazing, hate crimes, and more. Students and staff are trained on how to intervene safely and foster community ownership.
Continued Prevention and Education - As a follow up to the Alcohol and Other Drug Education information presented during student orientation sessions, continued prevention programs will be presented in the residence halls and in various academic courses throughout the year.
- Social and recreational activity offerings – These programs will continue to be enhanced, including those in late evenings and on weekends including Sober Tailgates for many of the home football games, as well as Dawgs after Dark. The Fontaine Center will also work to ensure students who are not yet familiar with the university scene know what’s available, when and where.
Please do not hesitate to contact a Student Affairs staff member if you have any questions or comments about the Alcohol and Other Drugs Statement or programmatic offerings listed above. Be smart, be safe, and GO DAWGS!