Substance Education

Many environmental and individual factors contribute to substance abuse and addiction. Given that college may be the first time a student is away from family and friends, substance education is provided to increase knowledge of the basic trends associated with drug use, abuse, dependency, and risk factors. By providing a variety of educational opportunities for students and student groups, students make healthier, informed decisions, and set this example for others to follow. 

In higher education different populations have different risk levels of developing behavioral health problems. Preventive interventions are most effective when they are appropriately matched to their target population's level of risk. So far, research indicates that those most at risk are incoming freshmen, student athletes and those involved in the Greek system.

Raising individual and collective consciousness about substance abuse is of utmost importance for H-SC students. Hampden-Sydney brothers agree that collective action is necessary to their success, and students capable of doing so, lead by example. They make healthy, informed decisions, and set this example for others to follow with the hope that the world they create is strong and sustainable.

The College's mission of developing Good Men and Good Citizens is at the core of the College's desire for healthy and informed decision making by our students and the greater community. In order to heighten awareness of the benefits of not abusing substances as well as the risks associated, our goal is to increase the level of knowledge for every student by providing a variety of educational opportunities for students and student groups. Hampden-Sydney College prevention efforts are based on the following model:

Substance Abuse InterventionA. Universal preventive interventions targeting all students include:

  • Stall News (located in residence halls, locker rooms, academic buildings, etc.)
  • Tables at Club Fairs
  • Large-scale events

B. Selective preventive interventions targeting sub-populations include:

  • Alcohol Education for all new students (TIPS)
  • Substance Education for Greek members
  • Substance Education for Athletes
  • Bystander Intervention Training (Step Up!) for clubs/organizations

C. Indicated preventive interventions targeting individuals include:

  • BASICS
  • SMART Recovery
  • Individual Counseling
  • Treatment referrals

In addition to providing educational programming, the College is interested in providing support to any students who may be having substance use problems. If you are aware of a student who may be having substance use issues, please bring him to my attention, Student Health Services or the Counseling Center. These services are confidential to the full extent allowed by law.

The online "Suggestion Box" is a resource for your serious questions, comments, or referrals on substance education at HSC. Please take advantage of this opportunity and share your views with us. We appreciate your support. More from Shawn White...

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