Alcohol Possession and Abuse Prevention
Alcohol may be a common feature at formal and informal functions of your student organization such as happy hours after a weekly meeting, parties after an all-day service project, or cocktail parties with alumni donors or prospective members. A study conducted at UT in 2004 by the Harvard School of Public Health found seven negative consequences associated with alcohol including hangover, regretting behavior, missing class, blacking out (or memory loss), arguing with friends, getting behind in school work, and having unplanned sex. In addition, students and student organizations increasingly have to deal with possible criminal charges, civil liability and university discipline associated with alcohol. It is important to be realistic about alcohol and its role on your organization, our campus and community.
Below are educational resources that officers (authorized representatives) of registered student organizations can use to enhance internal discussions and risk management efforts and help ensure the safety of the entire membership.
- Alcohol Possession and Abuse Online Training Module (online; UT EID required) - part of the Safety Education Program
- Healthyhorns Peer Educator-Led Workshops
- Think About It: required online alcohol education for incoming students
- Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
Reporting an Incident
- Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL): 512-232-5050 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days week, 365 days a year)
- Report a Student Organization Incident (online)
Under the Student Amnesty for Alcohol Emergencies program students who seek emergency medical assistance for themselves or others will not face formal disciplinary action. Here's how it works:
- Student(s) calls 911 when alcohol poisoning is present or suspected. Student(s) stay with the person and cooperates with all emergency personnel.
- Students will be referred to Student Judicial Services.
- Student(s) will be evaluated for Amnesty by Student Judicial Services.
- Students eligible for Amnesty will still be required to participate in an educational component and may be referred for an individual consultation, however they will not face formal disciplinary action.
- Students who receive Amnesty who decline or fail to attend the educational component or fail to comply with the counselor's recommendations will become subject to formal disciplinary action.
NOTE: There are some limitations to this program and inclusion in the program is not automatic. For more information, contact Student Judicial Services at 512-471-2841 or visit the program website at http://www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu/amnesty.html
Getting Help During/After an Incident
- Police or Fire: Call 911
- Medical or mental health: Call 911 or go to a local hospital emergency room
- Safe Ride Programs Designated Driver Pledge (DDP) and E-Bus
- Student Emergency Services: 512-471-5017
- UT 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line: 512-475-6877
- UT Counseling and Mental Health Center Crisis Line: 512-471-2255
Office of the Dean of Students
- Sorority and Fraternity Life (resources for Greek social organizations)
- Student Activities
- Student Emergency Services
University Health Services
UT Center for Students in Recovery
Forms and Documents
- Alcohol Poisoning
- Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
- Do I Have a Problem with Alcohol or Drugs?
- How to Help a Friend
- Bacchus Maneuver
- Know Your Line
Laws and Policies
- Alcohol and Drug Rules and Laws
- Criminal Penalties Under State and Federal Law
- University Rules and Regulations
Community and Other Resources
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- NACAAA Task Force on College Drinking
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
In addition to the above resources, please feel free to contact Student Activities at SafetyEducation@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-3065 if you need assistance or if you have additional questions.
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