VSU's Office of Substance Abuse Prevention:
- Involves raising student awareness about the risks and consequences associated with alcohol and other drugs
- Involves educating members of the university community about the Alcohol and Drug Policy
- Involves establishing a Substance Abuse Advisory Committee to offer input regarding substance abuse and sexual assault programs and initiatives
- Has the primary role of alcohol and substance abuse prevention, education, substance abuse assessment, screening, and counseling.
- Conducts alcohol education and substance awareness workshops at intervals throughout a student’s matriculation to include Freshmen orientation, Resident Assistants (RAs) week, and Freshmen week.
- Offers seminars to deter drinking and educate students about drinking consequences such as accidental injury, sexual assault, alcohol poisoning, academic problems, and explain VSU’s “Zero Tolerance” policy.
- Promotes healthy choices and strategies such as alternative methods of coping with stress and emotional issues rather than drinking alcohol or using drugs.
- Educates students about the health risks, high-risk behaviors and consequences associated with substance abuse to promote informed and responsible decision making.
- Develops and co-sponsors prevention and risk-reduction programs to raise awareness and reduce the risk of sexual assault.
- Provides educational programs for students who violate the Alcohol and Drug Policy.
- Provides training and technical assistance to the peer education program to enable students to become active participants in promoting a safe environment.
View the VSU Alcohol and Drug Policy
Any member of the campus community who violates the University Alcohol and Drug Policy will face appropriate disciplinary action. Students in violation are subject to disciplinary action by the University judicial system or criminal prosecution by federal, state or local authorities or both. Violations of the University Alcohol and Drug Policy by students addressed through the Judicial Affairs System may be subject to but not limited to referral for assessment and/or treatment, community service, probation, suspension or expulsion. For additional information about violations and penalties, please consult the student handbook.