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410 Bowman Hall
Phone: 715/232-2468
Fax: 715/232-2111

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8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Students Abstaining from Alcohol Use

UW-Stout Alcohol Philosophy Statement

The University of Wisconsin-Stout will strive to create and support an environment where use of alcohol does not prevent students from realizing their highest potential of intellectual, physical and human development. The University will use evidence based policies, programs, and services and will assess progress through measurable goals and objectives.

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) abuse and high-risk use is a complex problem that requires a complex response. At UW-Stout, we focus our prevention and response strategies in a three-pronged approach:

Enforcement Strategies >>

  • New local ordinances:
    Assist and support the creation of new ordinances that help reduce alcohol consumption (i.e. public intoxication).

  • Dunn County Alcohol Task Force:
    Work with an alliance of UW-Stout and Menomonie Police for regularly patrolling underage parties as well as bar checks.

  • Encourage strict consequences and consistent enforcement by the University with personalized brief motivational interviews and/or service referrals.

Educational Strategies >>

  • Send a unified message regarding AOD from various areas and campus departments—the Alcohol Philosophy Statement, I Step Up or Smart+Healthy as examples.

  • Think About It” requirement: Incoming freshman are required to complete the online program prior to arriving on campus. It is a substance abuse and sexual violence prevention program that gives students the tools they need to confront and prevent serious campus problems.

  • Alcohol Awareness Program I (CHOICES): alcohol class is provided to individuals who receive a 1st underage citation.

  • Drinker’s Check-up (DCU): Stout students receive a minimum of two individual counseling sessions utilizing BASICS. Students receive motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and personalized feedback. (2nd underage citation Stout students only).

  • Individual Counseling: Free individual sessions provided to Stout students who want to address substance use.

  • Consulting: Individual consultation and resources are available regarding AOD issues and best practices.

  • Referral services: Acting as an agent of referral for further AOD needs of students (i.e. AA, NA, treatment facilities).

Engagement Strategies >>

  • The Chancellor’s Coalition brings campus and community members together monthly to discuss issues & initiatives.

  • Peer Mentor Trainings are provided to resident advisors, orientation leaders & athletes to assist their facilitating peer discussions about responsible use, bystander intervention and assisting others. “STEP Up!” & “I Step Up!” for example.

  • Think About It” is a required online program for our incoming freshmen. Throughout the program students are asked questions about their perceptions surrounding drug/alcohol use, relationships, and sex. Feedback is instantly given showing their peers’ responses, helping break through the dangerous illusion that “everybody else is doing it”.

  • Intellectual classroom conversations about responsible use and safety.

  • More students and faculty engaged in the conversation about strategies to reduce high-risk drinking and/or other drug use.

  • And, as always...the consideration of our own responsible use and the message our behavior sends to students.

How are the strategies selected?

We attempt to focus strategies based on NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Task Force on College Drinking Framework (2002). The framework uses a four-tier system to rank the strength of the scientific evidence available to support or refute each strategy:

  1. Effective and Targeted at College Students
    combining cognitive-behavioral skills with norms clarification; brief motivational interventions; altering students’ expectations about the effects of alcohol

  2. Effective With General Populations and Could Be Applied to College Environments
    ex: enforcement of minimum drinking age laws; restrictions on alcohol retail outlet density, responsible beverage service policies; formation of campus and community coalitions

  3. Promising
    ex: reinstate Friday classes and exams and Saturday morning classes; expand alcohol-free dormitories; consistently enforced discipline for alcohol policy violations; awareness of personal liability issues; "Safe-Ride" programs; regulation of happy hours and sales

  4. Ineffective
    ex: interventions that rely entirely on providing information about problems related to risks from drinking—car crashes, etc

We also seek guidance regarding Wisconsin’s unique culture from Julia Sherman, Director of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project, University of Wisconsin Law School. She chaired the WI State Council on Alcohol, Culture and Environment Work group which released recommendations in April 2010.