The President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs embraces an environmental model of prevention, which recognizes that individual decisions about alcohol and other drug use are influenced by many factors within the campus and larger community. As such, the council works in collaboration with the campus and local community to develop and implement activities to address high risk alcohol and other drug use.
Previous Efforts of the PCAOD: 2009-2012 Strategic Plan
In 2009, the council released its Strategic Plan to Address High Risk Alcohol & Other Drug Use (2009-2012). The goals and objectives for this plan were grouped in four main areas: campus policy and law, individual, academics and education, and community. Each goal included objectives and activities which correspond to specific campus units who shared responsibility for implementation, budget estimates and target completion dates.
A Final Report of the work of the council and the results of the 2009-2012 strategic plan is available. The report outlines the efforts, accomplishments, and progress that have been made at NDSU to deal with the misuse of alcohol and other drugs and related consequences.
2013-2018 Strategic Plan to Address High Risk Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Based on the results of the previous strategic plan and ongoing evidence of harmful effects of high-risk alcohol and other drug use, the PCAOD has developed the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan to Address High Risk Alcohol & Other Drug Use. The document provides a detailed plan of the intended work of the PCAOD, including plan objectives, priorities, activities, and involved stakeholders.
While all of the activities identified in the 2013-2018 strategic plan are necessary in achieving a campus free from the harmful effect of high-risk alcohol and other drug use, the PCAOD has identified specific priorities to be addressed in the first year of implementation. These priorities include both new activities and activities from the previous (2009-2012) strategic plan that continue to require the attention of the council. The priorities fall within the themes identified below:
High-Risk Students and Groups
- Conduct assessment related to treatment and intervention needs of students identified to be at increased risk for AOD misuse and related consequences
- Develop consistent, effective deterrent strategies through research and evaluation of future and existing practices and policies*
- Assess effectiveness of alcohol and other drug-related violation sanctioning
- Explore options for effective sanctioning specifically for marijuana-related violations
- Provide ongoing late-night, weekend, and event-specific programming on campus*
- Engage in consistent assessment and refinement of late-night programming to increase student participation
- Secure permanent funding and institutional base for Saturday night programming and operating budget
Teaching, Learning, and Research
- Gather data on faculty, staff, and institutional support of alcohol and other drug prevention efforts*
- Encourage scholarship regarding alcohol and other drug issues*
- Identify individuals interested in alcohol and other drug-related scholarship
- Identify prospective employers’ alcohol and other drug-related policies and publicize them among NDSU students*
- Increase connection with student organization advisors to address alcohol and other drug-related behavior and possibilities for intervention among student organization members
- Create a communication plan, timeline, and goals to ensure consistent, targeted messaging to all stakeholders
- Hold a biennial Town Hall meeting with community stakeholders and legislators regarding alcohol and other drug prevention and related issues*
*Denotes ongoing activity originally identified in the 2009-2012 Strategic Plan