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, the College helps students make healthier, informed decisions. 

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 contact the Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education , Student Health Services or the Counseling Services. These services are confidential to the full extent allowed by law.

The NO MORE. Campaign

NoMore Campaign logo of a treeThe NO MORE. Campaign began as a movement by the students of Hampden-Sydney College in 2011 to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse and the importance of healthy decision-making. Today it remains true to the mission of advocating recovery and building cohesion of brothers helping brothers who may be challenged by substance use. NMC promotion includes candlelight vigils, meetings and retreats, and visits to area high schools. 

Recovery Community

Recovery logo of a rainbow treeHampden-Sydney's Recovery Community was established in March of 2014. The community's mission is to support and encourage young adult recovery from substance addiction and process addictions (gambling, eating, video/gaming, spending, sex, internet surfing and work). Recovery efforts are coordinated by a part-time project coordinator and student intern with additional assistance from peer mentors. Students involved must be willing to support those in recovery, have interest in being part of a recovery-focused community, or be in recovery themselves. Recovery programing includes weekly support meetings, healthy social alternatives, connection to health and wellness services, and additional rehabilitative referrals. Hampden-Sydney's Recovery Community also offers academic advocacy, student conduct advocacy, admissions advocacy, and alumni support.

Did You Know?

  • 48% of all substance abuse treatment admission come from young adults ages 18-25. (Hingston et al., 2009)
  • 1,825 college students DIE each year due to alcohol-related injuries. (Hingston et al., 2009)
  • Every year, over 159,000 of the nation's freshmen will drop out of their college or university due to substance abuse. (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention)
  • College students are the fastest growing segment seeking treatment for substance use disorder, 1,143% increase in the past decade. (SAMSHA)

The Student Network

The Student Network is a peer-based, community-building mentor program motivated by the student leaders of Hampden-Sydney College. It provides  accountability in healthy decision-making, information exchange for the student body, and assistance to incoming students as they adjust to The Hill. The Student Network sponsors healthy social alternatives, motivational speakers, and other activities.  

Student Network


Suggestion Box

The online Suggestion Box is a resource for your serious questions, comments, or referrals on substance education (or any other topic) at H-SC. Please share your views with us.

Suggestion Box

Student Care Team

To express a concern about a student, please send an email to or contact a member of the Student CARE Team individually.

Student Care Team

Substance Education

Shawn White
Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education
Brown Student Center
(434) 223-6318  |