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Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention

The State University of New York will work with our campus leaders, educators and students to support best practices, research, and connection to community resources to address the deleterious impact of substance abuse on students and the campus community.  Regional and state-wide professional associations provide an opportunity for professional development, the use of shared resources, and the promotion of best practices to address substance abuse and related issues that impact student health and success.

The State University has identified core elements of policies and practice:   

State and Federal laws

  1. Notice of Federal student financial aid penalties for drug law violations
    Each institution must provide to each student, upon enrollment, a separate, clear, and conspicuous written notice that advises the student that if during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, a student is convicted under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs, he or she will lose eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1)).

    Each institution must provide a notice in a timely manner to each student who has lost eligibility for Title IV, HEA assistance as a result of the penalties under HEA Sec. 484(r)(1). The notice must be a separate, clear, and conspicuous written notification of the loss of eligibility and must advise the student of the ways in which the student can regain eligibility under HEA Sec. 484(r)(2); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(2)).

  2. Drug and Alcohol Use Policy
    Each campus must annually distribute in writing to each student and each employee:
    • standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the institution’s property or as part of any of the institution’s activities;
    • description of applicable legal sanctions under state, local, and federal law;
    • description of health risks;
    • description of available counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs; and
    • clear statement that institution will impose sanctions for violation of standards of conduct and a description of the sanctions.

  3. Campus Crime Report
    Each institution must make available, upon request, to the Department of Education and to the public, the information distributed to students and employees and the results of a biennial review of the institutions program that:
    • determines the effectiveness of the program and implements needed changes;
    • determines the number of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that occur on the institution’s campus (as defined in HEA Sec. 485(f)(6), or as part of the institution’s activities, and are reported to campus officials;
    • determines the number and type of sanctions that are imposed; and
    • ensures that sanctions are consistently enforced.

Institutions must distribute, by October 1 of each year, a security report or a notice of the report to all current and perspective students and employees.  Specific information to be disclosed to drug and alcohol crimes:  information  state under-age drinking laws; policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs and enforcement of federal and state drug laws;  description of drug or alcohol abuse education programs as required under HEA Sec. 120 (20 U.S.C. 1011i).

For more information, contact MaryAnn DiChristopher,,  Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services.


General Resources

NY Combats Addiction:

Continued Efforts to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Illegal Fentanyl, Other Opioids, and Synthetic Cannabinoids

Books, journals and printed resources

College Student Research Publications


SUNY campus policies

The following is a sampling of SUNY campus policy postings:

State University of New York Polices

University Life