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, Hampden-Sydney 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.

Substance Education Initiatives

Tigers in Recovery

"Tigers in Recovery" seedling stickerTigers in Recovery 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. Tigers in Recovery 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 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. 


Tigers Step Up

Step Up, a national movement, is a bystander intervention program to help students learn strategies and techniques to intervene directly and indirectly in emergency and non-emergency situations. Students encounter a wide-range of issues including academic integrity, alcohol abuse, anger, depression, discrimination, gambling, hazing, relationship abuse and sexual assault. Simply understanding bystander intervention makes you more likely to intervene and prevent problems from occurring.

Step Up Program


Alcohol Use Survey

The Personalized Feedback Inventory (PFI) is an anonymous survey designed to help students consider the personal impact of their alcohol use and the strategies to reduce alcohol-related harms; it takes approximately 20 minutes.

Personalized Feedback Inventory

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

Renae Mancastroppa, MA
Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education
Brown Student Center
(434) 223-6318  |