Our mission is to reduce negative consequences experienced due to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs in order to empower and retain successful, healthy, involved students.
In order for Western Carolina University to achieve its mission, the members of its community need to understand the risks and dangers associated with alcohol abuse and drug use. The alcohol and other drug education efforts at Western Carolina University are designed to benefit the entire academic community through comprehensive programming.
Programming is developed and implemented in order to proactively and reactively educate students on a population level, high-risk group level, and individual level. Resources are available to faculty and staff as well. These members of our community are given information and resources during their new employee orientation and supervisors are trained regarding the requirements of the University Policy 38: Illegal Drugs and Illegal Use or Abuse of Alcohol.
On the population level, proactive education is done through an online interactive educational program called AlcoholEDU.
Other campus wide educational efforts include:
- Campus wide advertisement and social norms marketing
- Alcohol Awareness Week and Safe Spring Break Programming
- Student Wellness Council
- Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)
- WCU Police Department
- The WCU Code of Student Conduct
- Required General Education Health Curriculum
- PartySmart.wcu.edu Targeted interventions are conducted through meetings with hearing officers in the
Department of Student Community Ethics and the Department of Residential Living. Other
efforts to address high-risk groups and individuals include:
- Online educational sanctioning (AlcoholEDU for Sanctions and Marijuana 101)
- Catamounts Advocating Harm Reduction (CAHR) - Sanctioned group based psychoeducational programming
- Referrals to the Counseling and Psychological Services Center
- Parental notification following substance related conduct violations