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Eastern Illinois University has a comprehensive three-in-one approach to alcohol and other drug education. Some key foundations of our plan include environmental management and campus and community alliances. There are seven components of the comprehensive prevention plan.

Environmental management emphasizes the importance of the social, legal, and economic environment in shaping health-related behaviors.

Campus and community alliances bring together diverse individuals, agencies, and associations to collaborate and share responsibilities for developing communities and environments that encourage responsible, low-risk alcohol use. Groups that address alcohol and other drug issues on and around campus include

  • Alcohol & Other Drug Coalition;
  • Good Neighbor Campaign Initiative;
  • Sexual Assault Taskforce;
  • Various departments and agencies at Eastern and throughout Coles County.

Seven Components of the Plan

Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and evaluation helps us to define the program and determine how successful current approaches are at decreasing alcohol and other drug abuse on and around campus.

Sources of assessment and evaluation data include

  • American College Health Association Assessment;
  • CORE Alcohol and Drug Survey;
  • Additional surveys and evaluations conducted by EIU Health Service and various coalitions;
  • AlcoholEdu program;
  • Program evaluations conducted by the Health Education Resource Center.

Policy Review

Policy Review ensures that EIU has clear and appropriate guidelines for alcohol use on campus that are widely disseminated and consistently enforced. The Alcohol & Other Drug Coalition oversees this component.

Good Neighbors Campaign

The Good Neighbors Campaign works to educate off-campus residents on the responsibilites of off-campus living and civic responsibility. For more information, please visit www.eiu.edu/~goodneighbors. Good Neighbors addresses many issues including

  • information for students regarding how they can be responsible social gathering hosts and guests via fliers, literature drops, paid advertisements, a website, and workshops;
  • education about choosing an off-campus apartment;
  • insight into various alcohol-free activities at Eastern and in the Charleston community.

Educational Programs

The goals of the educational programming are:

  • to increase students' knowledge regarding the effects and the potential safety, health, social, academic, and legal consequences of alcohol and other drug misuse;
  • to increase awareness regarding the signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency;
  • to assist students in evaluating their expectancies regarding motivations for high-risk drinking and other drug use;
  • to define and encourage low-risk, responsible drinking;
  • to assist students in exploring alternatives to drinking;
  • to correct misperception regarding norms for alcohol use at EIU;
  • to provide information about alcohol and drug use specific to women;
  • to provide students with information about campus and community alcohol prevention, student assistance, and wellness resources.

Educational activities include:

  • Small Groups Social Norms Interventions;
  • Interactive workshops/lectures/events reaching over 15,000 attendees each year;
  • 30+ bulletin board displays each year;
  • Six Pack program;
  • 1,000s of posters posted each year;
  • 1,000s of pamphlets distributed each year;
  • Web site materials.

Student Assistance

Eastern provides support services for students concerning issues related to alcohol and other other drug use. Services include

Faculty Involvement

Faculty can:

  • incorporate alcohol and drug prevention education into the classroom;
  • serve as an important link to resources and services for students they believe are having difficulty with alcohol and other drugs;
  • provide expertise needed to develop effective alcohol and drug prevention programs.

Faculty involvement has been promoted through:

  • mini-grants to support alcohol, tobacco, and other drug curriculum infusion and research projects;
  • faculty-student luncheons focusing on alcohol and other drug issues;
  • faculty participation in task forces and committees, such as the Alcohol Coalition;
  • opportunities to infuse wellness curriculum via Don't Cancel That Class program.

Student Involvement

Students should be included in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating alcohol and drug prevention strategies. Faculty, staff, and others should empower and encourage students to become advocates for responsible alcohol use and should support student-led prevention initiatives.

Student involvement is facilitated through:

  • H.E.A.L.T.H. peer education program;
  • student participation on committees such as Health Service Advisory Board;
  • a fellowship supporting student research in the area of alcohol and other drug.

Have questions? Need additional information?

Contact the HERC at (217) 581-7786