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The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continues to provide mental health services (including drug and alcohol counseling) for employees and their family members. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. EAP can be voluntary by employee, or mandatory by employer.
Campus Drug & Alcohol Survey
In an effort to assess the effectiveness of DSC's prevention initiatives, surveys
of students' perceptions of campus drug and alcohol norms have been conducted in 2004-5
and again in 2010-11. The college utilized the CORE Alcohol and Drug Survey in both
cases. The survey sample consisted of a cross-section of students enrolled in general
education courses. The survey has been widely used by colleges and universities across
the country to measure alcohol and other drug usage, attitudes and perceptions among
students. The surveys also measures student awareness of college rules and regulations
regarding alcohol and drugs.
The most recent findings (2010-11) indicate that a majority (70.2 percent) of the students surveyed generally knew of DSC's rules and regulations with regard to alcohol and other drugs. This level of awareness is up slightly from the 2004 survey, when (66.9 percent) of the students surveyed indicated that they generally knew of and supported the college's rules and regulations. Self-reported binge drinking, defined as drinking five or more drinks in one sitting, is down from 31.13 percent of the students surveyed in 2004 to 26.8 percent in 2010. Marijuana remains the most commonly used illegal drug.
Recognizing the linkage between suicide, substance abuse and other mental health issues, DSC remains focused on suicide prevention and awareness initiatives. The college completed a three-year Campus LIFE Suicide Prevention grant in December 2013 and has continued the efforts that began under the grant. At the end of the grant, the project had provided "GateKeeper" suicide prevention and awareness training to more than 600 persons. Participants (students and staff) were taught how to recognize and respond to signs of depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. The college's Crisis Intervention Services program offers short-term crisis intervention services for students who are in immediate emotional distress. The college has established relationships with outside agencies for students who present complex issues that require services beyond the scope of short-term crisis intervention.
Co-Curricular Activities and Intramural Sports
All members of student clubs and organizations who participate in college-sponsored travel must sign an agreement to not engage in the use of alcohol or illegal substances. The agreement also states that students who violate the agreement will be subject to applicable college disciplinary sanctions. The college's food service provider does not sell alcohol at any of its campus locations. Advertisements for the sale of alcohol are not allowed on campus and the campus newspaper does not carry alcohol or tobacco advertising. Alcohol is prohibited at all student programs, events and activities, whether they occur on or off campus. Several campus programs and activities promote and encourage safe and healthy lifestyle choices. Alcohol and drug-free events give students opportunities to experience social activities where there are no social expectations or pressures to drink or experiment with drugs. Examples of these activities include:
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Day/Red Ribbon Week
Conducted in conjunction with the local school district's observation of Red Ribbon Week, this event focuses on the harmful health and legal consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. Many local agencies that provide substance abuse prevention and treatment services, as well as local law enforcement agencies, are invited to distribute literature and conduct activities.
Workshop: National Screening Day for Depression
An effort to provide students, staff and faculty with an opportunity to obtain a preliminary assessment of depression indicators, with follow-up offered to those who may need further evaluation and mental health services.
Great American Smokeout
An interactive attempt to prevent, reduce or eliminate addiction to tobacco products. Conducted annually in November.
Tobacco Cessation workshops offered throughout the year.
Safe Spring Break Campaign
This event focuses on personal health and safe issues as students prepare for Spring Break. Substance abuse prevention messages are a major focus of this event. Many local health and human services agencies and law enforcement representatives participate in this event.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Department is committed to preventing substance use and abuse among student athletes through education, testing and professional referral. All student-athletes and athletics staff are required to attend annual drug education programs and student-athletes are subject to random and or "reasonable suspicion" drug and alcohol testing. The department also facilitates appropriate treatment and rehabilitation for student-athletes as needed. The department's alcohol and drug prevention procedures apply to student athletes on campus, while on college-sponsored activities, as well as in off-campus athletics housing that is owned by the college Foundation.
Several college credit courses include drug and alcohol and suicide prevention and awareness information as a part of the curriculum. These courses include: Psychology of Addictions (PSB 2442), Addictions, Families and Communities (HUS2441) and Personal Health and Wellness (PET 2084). Additionally, several students enrolled in the college's Human Services Program perform externships at many local agencies that provide drug and alcohol prevention, treatment and rehabilitative services.
In 2013, the DSC Board of Trustees approved a policy that prohibits smoking or any use of tobacco products on all college property. The prohibition, which includes any lighted tobacco product or the use of any smokeless tobacco product, applies to students, employees and visitors.