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National Leaders
Substance Abuse Prevention

Programs for students

Workshops: Drug awareness workshops are offered in residence halls and targeted to a media-sophisticated audience. Program offerings have been widely expanded and attendance has risen dramatically:
    • 2,700 students participated in 1995-96
    • 4,300 students participated in 1996-97
    • 6,500 students (half of the student body) participated in 1997-98
RAM Choices Team: NCAA-supported "Ram Choices" program trains and supports student athletes in prevention work with their intercollegiate teams.

Peer Education Course: Peer educators are trained in a three-credit course on prevention of substance abuse and sexual assault; the peer educators offer workshops, work with campus media, coordinate special exhibits and projects.

Credit Internships and Volunteer Work: Students join the Substance Abuse Services team

Programs by students: Student-run social programs designed to get students off to a safe enjoyable start at URI. Program offered have included:

    • "Mocktail Bar" in Memorial Union, featuring nonalcoholic drinks, free giveaways and educational material, to show students they could have a good time without drinking.
    • "Safe September" programs, offered by a student team, is designed to get new students off to a safe start with a variety of non-alcohol entertainment and social options.

Substance-free residence options include a "wellness hall" available to students.

True Stories, an annual art exhibit featuring student narratives depicting personal experiences with alcohol and other drugs.

Programs for awareness & information
  • Yearly statistics on drug violations and associated violations are compiled and made available to students and staff.
  • Residence hall staff are trained yearly to do preventive interventions and to support alcohol and other drug policies.
  • Substance abuse prevention workshops are frequently offered to student groups by peer educators and professional staff
  • Outreach efforts include September programming for all first year students, regular alcohol screening outreach, health education sessions on particular drug use, participation in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Safe Spring Break activities, Spring Welcome Back Carnival, and Spring Block Party.
  • Social norm correction sessions are offered to all first year students.
  • URI President regularly tells prospective students and new students and their families that substance abuse is incompatible with the University’s vision of building a "new culture for learning."
In the Communities The Narragansett-URI Coalition was formed in 2000 to address and prevent problems resulting from off-campus substance abuse and underage drinking. The work of the Coalition has reduced student problems and has enhanced town-gown relations.
URI-town coalition works to reduce underage access to alcohol.
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