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Substance Abuse
Workshops: 874-5073


The mission of the University of Rhode Island's Substance Abuse Prevention Services is to gain a greater understanding of the dynamics of our community, provide education and resources to individuals and groups, empower students to make healthy choices, encourage environments conducive to academic success, and continually monitor, measure and improve our approaches to increase safety and reduce risks for members of our university community.


Recognizing that not everyone who abuses alcohol or other drugs necessarily requires or desires treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention Services offers resource materials and information so students can make educated choices. In-service training, early intervention programs, consultations, and alcohol awareness workshops are offered to all students and staff on request.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Services offers a variety of workshops for classes, residence halls, Greek houses or special training. Workshops can be customized to meet the specific needs of group, class or organizational needs. Workshop leaders take a non-judgmental approach to give students an opportunity for self-evaluation and skills development. The workshops stress harm reduction, moderation skills and correction of misperception regarding the amount of high-risk use. To schedule a workshop call 874-5073. Whenever possible, workshops are co-facilitated by trained student peer educators. Special programs are available for specific groups, including student athletes and new students.


Confidential consultations are available by appointment weekdays from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. These consultations are an opportunity for community members to ask questions and discuss concerns in a supportive setting.


Dan Graney - Director of Substance Abuse Prevention Services


Dan Graney is the Director of Substance Abuse Prevention Services and coordinates Substance Abuse Prevention Services. This office is under the Office of Student Life and is overseen by Fran Cohen, Dean of Students.

Graduate and Undergraduate students comprise the majority of the Substance Abuse Prevention Services staff. Under the sponsorship of various academic departments, students frequently complete academic internships, focusing on special interests such as college student development, marketing public relations, graphic design, multimedia technology, and research. Interns work to enhance interpersonal and public communications skills as well as gain experience in their chosen fields
The mission and objectives of Substance Abuse Prevention Services are achieved with a great deal of hard work and creativity on the part of our student employees. Their involvement is critical to effective substance abuse outreach.

Use, Abuse, and Consequences

Many people are unaware of the potential physical and psychological consequences of their drug use. Simply knowing the facts can help them to make informed choices. College students use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons -- to have fun, to relieve stress, to cope with depression, or to become socially accepted among their peers.

Not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted. The vast majority of Americans who drink alcohol, for example, do so without any serious problems. However, it is important to remember that alcohol is a powerful drug -- and like marijuana or cocaine or heroin, it can pose certain risks to your health and well being, and perhaps harm others in the process.

Seeking professional help does not necessarily mean you are an alcoholic or a drug addict. Frequently, students find a single consultation appointment to be beneficial. Ask yourself -- is it time for you to make a change in your life? The decision is yours alone to make.



Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services
Women's Center -- 22 Upper College Road
approx. 30-40 Minutes



The URI Women's Center's presence on the Kingston campus is recognized, appreciated and valued as a precious and integral aspect of the university.  Through the Center's programming and services, university women are able to expand their awareness of important women's issues, such as diversity, sexual harassment, leadership, women's health and relationships. The Women's Center is a place where all university women (student, faculty and staff) go for education, support, referrals and crisis intervention.

Women's Center Library Etiquette

  • Please no messy foods and dispose of trash outside the room.
  • There is a co-ed restroom available.
  • Try to be quiet-there are residences and offices in the building.
  • If it rains, leave umbrellas outside and encourage students to wipe their feet.
  • Please replace any furniture your students move.
  • Feel free to use the room if the presentation ends early- but not past the allotted class time

Important Facts Within the Presentation 

  • Sexual Assault (rape) is an act of violence and control using sex as a weapon. It is not motivated by sexual desire, but by the desire to overpower and dominate the victim.
  • The majority of acquaintance rapes are committed against women between the ages of 15 and 24. (U.S. Justice Department)
  • 1 in 12 male students have committed acts that meet the legal definition of rape or attempted rape. (University of Pennsylvania, STARR)
  • Dates and parties are not always safe.
  • Men can be victims of sexual assault. Statistics show that approximately 10% of victims are male.
  • It's OK to say NO without giving an explanation.
  • No one owes sex as payment to anyone else, no matter how expensive the date.
  • Going back to someone's room or apartment does not mean that one plans to engage in sexual activity.
  • No one, male or female, deserves to be raped.

Before the Presentation

Remind students to be respectful during the presentation. Some students may know someone, or may have themselves, been affected by acts of violence at some point in their lives. Keeping that in mind, you should encourage your students to be engaged in the presentation and feel comfortable answering questions when asked by the presenters.   
How can you help us?

  • Have your class meet in the WC Library with mentors only- Instructors need not attend!
  • Try to be on time or call ahead (4-5222) if you’ll be late or need to reschedule.
  • Please have students turn off cell phones.

Potential Discussion Topics:

    • What is the actual definition of Sexual Assault, Rape, Stalking, and Relationship Violence?
    • What are some signs that you have been date raped?
    • What is Dating Violence?

After the Presentation

A nice way to see if your students obtained any information after the presentation is to give them a short quiz, or just hold a short discussion afterwards hitting on the topics covered.  Journals are also a great follow-up.  If you do have any questions or concerns about any of your students, please refer any possible victims to us.
Some sample quiz/discussion questions you can ask your students: 
If you go to the Women’s Center for help, 

    1. Will they contact your parents without your permission?
    2. Will your peers find out what happened?
    3. What ways can you report an act of violence?
    4. Once you report a sexual assault to the University, what happens?

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