Preventative and Punitive Measures to Improve Cultures of Substance Abuse

Topics: Alcohol and Drug Use, Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What policies currently exist to manage incidents of substance abuse (e.g. alcohol, marijuana, hard drugs)?
  • How do institutions use a combination of punitive and educational measures to manage substance abuse use?
  • How do policies preempt substance abuse?
  • What policies or programs exist to educate students before an incident occurs?
  • In what ways have existing policies helped to reduce substance abuse or change the culture of substance abuse on campus?

Summary

Institutions continue to use different policies to attempt to change cultures of substance abuse. This brief describes the substance abuse policies of eight institutions. It describes how the policies punish infractions, educate students on the risks of substance abuse, and offer therapeutic resources to change students’ behavior.