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Alcohol & Other Drug Education


The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program is a unit within The Center for Student Conflict Management that is a multidimensional resource for students who have questions about reducing negative consequences associated with heavy, episodic drinking and other substance abuse.

The program offers support, education, and services for students at the University of Rochester. In addition, the program plans, implements and evaluates prevention programming on campus which aims to decrease the negative impact that alcohol/other drug use can have on our community.

In order to serve the campus community, The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program collaborates with students and staff across the University to create a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program focused on the health and safety of University of Rochester students using a harm reduction model.


The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program offers support to University of Rochester students in a variety of ways:

  1. Educational Programming
    1. Individual students and student organizations on campus can request a harm reduction presentation/program customized to their needs.
    2. To request a presentation/program contact Ashley Toland. Ashley Tolaand
  2. Brief Alcohol and Other Drug Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program facilitation (see more details under BASICS Overview)
  3. Alcohol and Other Drug Education trainings and presentations for large groups of students as requested by faculty and staff on campus (i.e. Orientation)
  4. Campus policy development and review based on student needs

BASICS Overview


BASICS is a service used by students to explore alcohol use. The BASICS program is based on a model created by Dr. Alan Marlatt (Former Director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center and Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington).

The BASICS program uses a harm reduction approach and is designed to:

  • Promote a non-judgmental environment to help you explore your alcohol use
  • Reduce risky behavior and harmful consequences of alcohol abuse
  • Identify changes that could help you reduce your risk
  • Provide important information and skills for risk reduction as it relates to alcohol use

What to expect

BASICS involves two sessions with a trained BASICS facilitator.

Session I: An appointment where you will receive information about the program including information on how to access a web-based questionnaire.  

Session II: Based on the data collected in the questionnaire, you will receive a feedback profile that provides personalized information about your use of alcohol and other drugs and how it compares to other students. You will review this feedback profile in a confidential, one-on-one session.

*BASICS may be required when a student violates the University of Rochester Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.

Alcohol and Other Drug Information

The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program collaborates with the University Health Service (UHS) to provide up-to-date resources about alcohol and other drugs. To see a full list of resources, please visit the UHS Health Promotion Office website.  

Medical Amnesty Policy

  1. Students who seek medical attention for others related to consumption of alcohol or other drugs will not be charged with possession (unless with intent to distribute) or consumption of alcohol or other drugs in violation of the University of Rochester Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
  2. Students who receive medical attention related to the consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs in accordance with this policy will not be charged with violations of the University of Rochester Alcohol and Other Drug Policy (specifically, Standards 6 and 7 in the Standards of Student Conduct) provided that the student does the following:
    1. Meets with a University staff member to discuss the incident
    2. Completes any educational sanctions assigned by that staff member to help the student make safer, more responsible decisions with alcohol and/or other drugs.
  3. This policy addresses violations of the University of Rochester Standards of Student Conduct. It does not grant amnesty for criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local Law.
  4. This Policy applies only in situations where students or organizations actively seek medical assistance in connection with an alcohol and/or other drug-related medical emergency and does not apply to individuals experiencing an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency who are found by University employees. (i.e. Department of Public Safety, faculty, administrative staff, Residential Life staff, including Resident Advisors).
  5. Medical amnesty applies only to alcohol or other drug-related violations and does not apply to other conduct violations such as assault, property damage, endangering the health or safety of others, or distribution of illicit substances (or possession with intent to distribute). If other violations occur, then a student and/or student organization may face disciplinary charges for those violations. The use or abuse of alcohol or drugs is never considered a mitigating circumstance for any other violations of the Standards of Student Conduct.