Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Team

The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Prevention Team convened in January of 2010 and has met on a monthly basis since that time. The current membership includes:

  • Nancy Reynolds, Program Director, Center for Health Promotion (Chair)
  • Deborah Harper, Director, Office of Counseling and Wellness
  • Bonnie Prunty, Director of Residential Life
  • Ron Trunzo, Associate Director of Residential Life/Judicial Affairs
  • Michael Leary, Assistant Director, Judicial Affairs
  • Katie Hellman, Residence Director, Residence Life
  • Rory Rothman, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs/Campus Life
  • Terri Stewart, Director of Public Safety
  • David Dray, Assistant Director, Public Safety
  • Kerry Spitze, Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center
  • Michael Lindberg, Associate Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Sarah Schupp, Program Coordinator, First Year Experience, OSEMA
  • Michelle Holt, Nurse Manager, Hammond Health Center
  • Student Partners: Representatives from SSDP and SGA 

The intent of the AOD Prevention Team is to reduce the incidence and severity of substance abuse and related harm among Ithaca College students in order to maximize student learning, foster student success, and further the educational mission of Ithaca College. The AOD Team works systematically and collaboratively toward this goal by researching and incorporating best practices in college substance abuse prevention. For a full list of the strategies that are currently being employed at IC, you may download the document, "Ithaca College Prevention Framework," located at the right hand side of this web page.

One of the first tasks prioritized by the AOD Team was to more closely align the College’s judicial protocol with national best practice standards. The intent of this work was to improve the clarity and transparency of the campus Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and its related judicial protocol so that students and their parents would be better informed about the behavioral expectations for membership in the Ithaca College community.  This intent is consistent with evidence-based environmental management strategies. According to NIAAA guidelines, institutions of higher education must create a “positive normative environment” by such measures as codifying community standards, consistently enforcing laws and policies, providing consistent messages about alcohol and other drugs, involving and empowering parents, and educating about policies and consequences of policy violations. (“A Call To Action: Changing The Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, US Dept of Health and Human Services, April 2002. Updated, 2007).

 

In May of 2011, the Student Government Association (SGA) and Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) presented the Team with an Equalization Proposal which contained three recommendations for equalizing the judicial protocols for alcohol and marijuana violations. Two out of the three recommendations were already consistent with the revised protocol that had been drafted by the AOD Team. Philosophically, the AOD Team and the student groups were already in agreement. We shared the goal of creating a clearer, simpler, and more transparent protocol to address both alcohol and marijuana violations in a consistent manner. The AOD Team developed a revised Judicial Protocol for Alcohol and Marijuana through a thoughtful and collaborative process that included benchmark research of comparable and regional institutions, input from key stakeholders, and shared decision-making with student groups.  Benchmarked schools included Binghamton, Bradley, Butler, Columbia, Cornell, Cortland, Drake, Elon, Mercer, Syracuse, UMASS Amherst, University of Rochester, and Villanova. Student representatives from SSDP and SGA joined the AOD Team in reaching consensus on the details of the final draft. 

 

The AOD Team is committed to the notion of a fair, reasoned approach to alcohol and marijuana violations that prioritizes evidence-based education and intervention strategies over “punishment.” We are also committed to the goal of an equalized system of sanctions for alcohol and marijuana on the basis that both of these violations represent illegal and/or high-risk substance use. In addition, the occurrence of any one of these violations identifies a need for education and intervention on behalf of the involved student. Finally, the equalization of these violations facilitates a more streamlined, clear, and consistent approach to the adjudication of substance-related conduct.

The proposed revisions to the AOD Judicial Protocol were approved by President Rochon in April of 2012.The revised protocol was first implemented during the 2012-2013 academic year.

 

Future goals of the AOD Team include tracking the impacts of of the Medical Amnesty Policy and the revised judicial protocol. We also plan to work on a collaborative study with students and faculty at the University of Rochester.

 

For more information on the work of the AOD Team, contact Nancy Reynolds, Chair, at nreynolds@ithaca.edu.