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Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan 2019-2022

In 2009, the Alcohol Harm Reduction Advisory Committee (AHRC) was created by the UI Vice President for Student Life. The AHRC is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students, that advises the Vice President for Student Life on a comprehensive and research-based plan to create conditions on our campus which decrease high-risk drinking and the related harmful consequences.  A campus-community partnership was also created between the University of Iowa campus and the City of Iowa City, called the Partnership for Alcohol Safety.  

The UI Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan contains multiple, mutually reinforcing, and research-based strategies. The tactics in our plan are grounded in the best available research on student success and effective strategies to reduce high-risk drinking on college campuses. Recognizing that not all students drink and of those who do, not all do so in a high-risk way, the goals of our plan address the needs of all students including those who don’t drink, those who have experienced a problem as a result of their drinking, and everyone in between.

The University of Iowa’s continued commitment to creating a culture that encourages healthy behaviors and fosters student success is evident with the roll-out of the 4th Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan – 2019-2022.

Statistics

Statistics in blue represent the national average.

Undergraduate Students 2009 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Percent of students engaging in high-risk drinking past two weeks 70.3%
(N/A)
64.5%
(34.1%)
58.7%
(33.8%)
54.1%
(36.1%)
54.2%
(33.2%)
50.9%
(32.6%)
50.5%
(33.1%)
49.6%
(28.3%)
47.7
(26.7%)
Average number of drinks per occasion 7.43 6.39 5.92 5.53 5.77 5.30 5.43 5.29 5.21
Percent of students drinking 10 or more days per month 34%
(N/A)
30.4%
(15.9%)
27.4%
(14.3%)
25.0%
(15.3%)
26.1%
(13.5%)
23.2%
(13.6%)
19.0%
(13.6%)
22.7%
(11.7%)
18.1%
(10.9%)
Percent of high-risk drinkers also engaging in marijuana use (30-day prevalence)                 46.8%

 

Graduate Students 2019

Percent of students engaging in high-risk drinking past two weeks

21.6%

Average number of drinks per occasion

2.76

Percent of students drinking 10 or more days per month

19.2%

Percent of students engaging in high-risk drinking and marijuana use (30-day prevalence)

23.4%

Goal 1: Increase perception of the UI as dedicated to promoting well-being and safety as values to prospective students and families

Priority 1.1

Counter unhealthy expectancies about the role of alcohol in college life for students, parents, and alumni

Updates

  • Spring 2019: Ongoing - meeting each semester with the Parent & Family Network Council

Priority 1.2

Create parent messaging around how the parent experience is not the same Iowa experience students have now 

Updates

  • Spring 2019: The Parent Handbook: Talking to Your College Student About Alcohol has been distributed to all incoming parents and families at Orientation
  • Summer 2020: An email with a link to The Parent Handbook: Talking to Your College Student About Alcohol has been sent to parents and families of incoming students. And for the first year we created a Spanish version of The Parent Handbook and the link was also included in the email.

Priority 1.3

Link safety = responsibility and care (safety relates to drinking)

Updates

  • Summer 2020: Explore messaging around safely gathering in social environments

Priority 1.4

Showcase campus features as engagement opportunities

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 1.5

Promote healthy student traditions through student activities

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Goal 2: More students remain low-risk drinkers/abstainers at UI

Priority 2.1

Explore and develop intentional ways to connect non-drinkers, particularly in the residence halls 

Updates

  • Fall 2019: Incorporated alcohol conversations into the RA Hawk Talks for the 2019 October-December session

Priority 2.2

Continue on and off-campus collaboration opportunities, including late night programming

Updates

  • Spring 2019: Established a 1-year partnership with Graduate Iowa City Hotel to offer Coffee House series and Graduate Comedy Series
  • Fall 2019: Hired Late Night Program Initiatives & Assessment Coordinator (LNPIAC) to connect with student organizations hosting Late Night Programs, provide support, and assess Late Night Programs. This position will also collaborate with Graduate Iowa City Hotel and the Nighttime Mayor to explore opportunities to expand late night opportunities across campus.
  • Fall 2019: LNPIAC met regularly with the Iowa City Downtown District Nighttime Mayor to discuss opportunities for marketing and collaboration in regards to Late Night Programs hosted downtown
  • Spring 2020: Collaborated with Student Wellness and Director of Student Well-Being & Harm Reduction Initiatives to develop an alcohol harm reduction training for Student Involvement Ambassadors to deliver to student organizations on campus
  • Spring 2020: Student Involvement Ambassadors began providing AHR trainings to student organizations

Priority 2.3

Expand evidence-based interventions with Fraternity and Sorority Life members at all years

Updates

  • Spring 2019: A work group is currently exploring hazing prevention practices and opportunities
  • Fall 2019:  Student Wellness staff provide Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) training to all chapters on a rotation basis (ongoing) 
  • Fall 2019:  Establish ongoing Red Watch Band (RWB) training for at least 10% of IFC and PHC chapter members - the RWB certification has a 2-year certification

Priority 2.4

Incorporate question(s) and/or discussion regarding substance use during RA meetings with each of their residents

Updates

  • Fall 2019: Incorporated alcohol conversations into the RA Hawk Talks for the 2019 October-December session

Priority 2.5

Explore the possibility of e-sports (e.g., provide space for e-sports, competitions, etc.)

Updates

  • Consider aligning e-sports with late night programming

Priority 2.6

Explore options and interest in substance-free floor(s) in the residence halls, which would include a signed commitment to be substance-free

Updates

  • Fall 2019: Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) now has two coordinators (Student Wellness staff & University Counseling Service staff) in place and leading initiatives to expand program

Priority 2.7

Provide evidence-based policy advice re: Athletics venues and practices

Updates

  • Fall 2019: Started having discussions in the Alcohol Policy Task Force
  • Fall 2020: The Alcohol Policy Task Force provided recommendations to Vice President for Student Life, Sarah Hansen and VP for External Relations, Pete Matthes as discussions take place around expanding availability of alcohol in Kinnick Stadium

Goal 3: More high-risk drinkers lower their drinking while at UI

Priority 3.1

Continue and expand late night programming offered Thursday-Saturday nights and promote collaboration among UI departments, including large-scale events

Updates

  • Fall 2019: LNPIAC is finalizing a marketing strategy to share out the purpose of Late Night Programs, advertise funding opportunities, and collect and share event information
  • Fall 2019: LNPICA conducted a Late Night Programs interest survey to gauge what types of events high and low risk drinking groups desire (sent to all high and low risk drinking groups, targeted approach)
  • Fall 2019: Hosted focus groups with student organizations to learn about their experiences planning and attending Late Night Programs (what are the barriers, how can we reduce them?)
  • Fall 2020: Expanded opportunities for student organizations to receive LNP funding due to COVID-19
  • Fall 2020: Collaborated with USG to offer harm reduction training as Org TIP$ programming to receive additional funding

Priority 3.2

Create a sustainable structure for increasing accountability for students in Fraternity and Sorority Life 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.3

Explore Resiliency-based strategies and leverage mental health & substance abuse connection

Updates

  • Spring 2020:  Student Wellness staff completed Koru Mindfulness teacher training
  • Spring 2020:  Virtual Koru sessions were developed and offered to students throughout the spring, summer, and fall
  • Spring 2020:  Exploring opportunities to embed resiliency/growth mindset messaging across the student experience
  • Fall 2020:  Student Wellness staff collaborated with USG and Late Night Programs to offer strategies inspired from Koru Mindfulness as part of the Org TIP$ program

Priority 3.4

Expand “Hawks Help Hawks” concept and include helping skills, and normalizing help-seeking for broad base of students - link with safety and responsibility

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.5

Athletics program focused on effects of alcohol on body and “tough discussions” and self-assessment holistically 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.6

Require Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) for Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) chapter presidents and advisors

Updates

  • Fall 2019:  Student Wellness provides yearly ASTP training for newly elected executive council members 

Priority 3.7

Celebrate success stories of high-risk drinkers who lowered their risk to promote safety and support Campus Recovery Program (CRP)

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.8

Expand FSL Accountability Action Summary initiative as a pilot to other student organizations 

Updates

  • Spring 2020:
    • Add non-FSL student organizations to Accountability Action Summary
    • Provide semester updates for both FSL and non-FSL organizations

Priority 3.9

Identify programming needs for graduate and professional students

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.10

Explore opportunities to collaborate with Addiction Medicine, Public Health, and other academic programs

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.11

Address polydrug use and communications campaign aimed at specific drugs

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.12

Implement population-segmented communication campaigns about alcohol & other drugs

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.13

Explore more ways to involve faculty and staff, including relationship-rich interventions such as mentoring

Updates

  • Fall 2020: Several departments on campus are providing mentoring and developmental opportunities for students - Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies, MISSE, CDE, RVAP, etc.
  • Fall 2021: Mentoring@Iowa (https://mentor.uiowa.edu/) website created that shares mentoring programs available on campus and provides resources to help mentors and mentees.

Priority 3.14

Develop and disseminate a clear process for identifying high-risk drinkers and targeting interactions for faculty/staff.

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Goal 4: Foster a culture of care, integrity and compliance

Priority 4.1

Increase competency of bystanders to safely intervene (think more broadly about intervening for safety in general) through the creation of intentional, coordinated and collaborative alcohol and trauma-informed sexual assault programming

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.2

Explore hazing prevention practices

Updates

  • Fall 2019:
    1. Collaborating with Men's Anti-Violence Council to develop training (Better Men, Better Hawkeyes) that focuses on: bystander Intervention, Identity-based aspects, dismantles rape culture
    2. A UI hazing prevention week this semester was focused on hazing prevention and education
  • Fall 2020: Hazing Prevention Coalition took a pause this semester. Will revisit in Spring 2021.

Priority 4.3

Work collaboratively with Partnership for Alcohol Safety (PAS), Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD), and other partner organizations.

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.4

Raise awareness among community members about the risk of alcohol being used as a weapon to commit sexual assault

Updates

  • Fall 2020:  Funding from LNP was made available to hire a Student Involvement Ambassador to provide Raise the Bar training for downtown businesses.  RVAP will train and supervise the student.
  • Fall 2021:  Raise the Bar trainings begin with Iowa City downtown establishments

Priority 4.5

Continue graduated sanctions plan for FSL whose chapters are above the all-female/all-male average rate for arrest and citations

Updates

  • Ongoing - this is taking place

Priority 4.6

Collaborate with ICDD to identify business partners and venues to expand Late Night Programming downtown

Updates

  • Fall 2019:
    • Late Night Initiatives & Assessment Coordinator meets regularly with the Nighttime Mayor of ICDD and collaborates to promote late night events and identify venues.
    • Office of Student Engagement & Campus Programs is collaborating with Graduate Hotel Iowa City to offer Poindexter Coffeehouse Series and Comedy Nights each semester.
    • Chauncey Film Scene opened this fall

Priority 4.7

Expand accountability structure for all student organizations to create a culture of care, integrity and compliance

Updates

  • Fall 2019: LNPIAC collaborated with Student Wellness and Director of Student Well-Being & Harm Reduction Initiatives to develop an alcohol harm reduction training for student organizations that the Student Involvement Ambassadors will deliver
  • Fall 2019: Office of Student Accountability (OSA) trainings developed: Annual FSL Chapter Standards Chair training 
  • Spring 2020: Student Involvement Ambassadors delivered AHR trainings to 5 student organizations (COVID hit in March)
  • Spring 2020: Office of Student Accountability developed a workshop to train FSL Chapter Standards Chairpersons
  • Fall 2020: Transparency in reporting of student organization accountability now includes all student organizations and is located on this website: Student Org Action Summaries

Priority 4.8

Require Bystander Intervention of leadership for all student orgs

Updates

  • Fall 2019:  Collaborating with Student Wellness and the Director of Student Well-Being & Harm Reduction Initiatives to develop an alcohol harm reduction training for Student Involvement Ambassadors (SIA) to deliver to student organizations on campus
  • Spring 2020:  Trainings by SIAs began for student organizations 

Priority 4.9

Expand reach to businesses outside downtown to advocate for healthier messaging 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.10

Explore extent of alcohol-related Code of Student Life infractions within student organizations

Updates

  • Spring 2020: Detailed questions have been incorporated into conduct meetings (# of alcoholic drinks, organization affiliation, etc.)

Priority 4.11

Increase mechanisms to assist with accountability for alcohol-related infractions within student organizations

Updates

Priority 4.12

Continue to monitor off-campus violations

Updates

  • Ongoing:  Monitoring is continuing 

Priority 4.13

Require FSL Housing be substance free or at least alcohol free

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.14

Identify individual and community strategies to increase accountability for community expectations

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.15

Leverage collaborative relationships with Panhellenic Council and Interfraternal Council national organizations and chapter headquarters

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Goal 5: Institutionalize Commitment to harm reduction

Priority 5.1

Include harm reduction education in masculinity/men groups: Hawkeye Life Health & Well-being

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.2

Implement a communication plan (including website) for AHR plans, strategies, and ways campus can support plan

Updates

  • Fall 2019: Website developed for plan with updates provided each semester

Priority 5.3

Add education to Faculty/Staff Orientation

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.4

Conduct a Campus Conversation around creating a culture of well-being and what is currently getting in the way of achieving our goals

Updates

  • Fall 2019: Well-Being Work Group convened
  • Fall 2020: Well-Being Initiative charge created by VP Hansen.  Well-Being Work Group developed a simple and extended definition as well as core elements. 
  • Spring 2021: Campus input will be solicited regarding definitions and core elements

Priority 5.5

Increase the number of staff focused on harm reduction efforts

Updates

  • Spring 2020:  Mara Cheney's role with Late Night Programs was expanded to include Harm Reduction & Well-Being initiatives with FSL and student organizations through educational trainings. 

Priority 5.6

Provide education for UISG, GPSG and GSS

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.7

Implement ongoing structure of a FSL subcommittee reporting to AHR committee and leadership each semester

Updates

  • Spring 2020:  Mara Cheney's role expansion includes overseeing harm reduction efforts with FSL and reports to the AHR Advisory Committee

Priority 5.8

Explore strategies to engage academic community in dialogue on harm reduction 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.9

Leverage Big 10 Presidents to amplify Big 10 voices for collective change

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.10

Alcohol Harm Reduction Advisory Committee participate in Faculty/Staff Health Fair

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.11

Review and align policies to support institutional goals regarding harm reduction

Updates

  • Summer 2019:  The Alcohol Policy Task Force was created
  • Fall 2020:  Recommendations from the task force were shared with VP Hansen and VP Matthes