Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Alcohol and Other Drugs Education and Prevention is guided by a social norms and harm reduction approach, providing education, prevention and counseling services necessary so that HWS community members can make responsible choices about alcohol and other drugs.

Through this approach, students receive current and accurate information regarding the norms at Hobart and William Smith. Students are challenged to rethink their perceptions regarding how often and how much their peers use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

In addition, our programming incorporates strategies that seek to maximize both the intellectual and social growth of students by using motivational methods to engage students to begin the process of exploring behaviors along a continuum of beneficial to harmful consequences.

The aim is to encourage an atmosphere that recognizes choosing, as many of our students do, not to use alcohol or other drugs is acceptable and the colleges work with students to provide substance-free activities and housing accommodations.

When In Doubt, Call For Help.

The Medical Amnesty Policy: The Colleges recognize that when alcohol or other drugs are abused, the health and safety of students are the primary concerns. In situations where students call for help for themselves or another student needing medical assistance due to intoxication, the students involved will not be subject to the Colleges' disciplinary procedures for the sole violation of using or possessing alcohol.

Some warning signs of alcohol poisoning may include: vomiting, unresponsiveness, confusion, slow/irregular breathing and blue or pale skin.

If you or someone else appears to be intoxicated and in need of help, please call Campus Safety at 315-781-3333. It can save a life.


Brittany Broderick
Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention
Office of Residential Education
101 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3880

Brittany is responsible for education and prevention efforts on campus regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. This includes meeting with students who have violated student conduct, as well as presenting prevention focused programming in the residence halls and elsewhere on campus.

In addition, Brittany teaches Intro to Psychology at St. John Fisher College and is both a certified personal trainer and running coach. Brittany began a "running streak" on January 1, 2013 and has yet to miss a single day logging miles out on the road.

Brittany graduated from St. John Fisher College with a bachelor's degree in psychology as well as a master's degree in mental health counseling. She is a licensed mental health counselor, nationally certified counselor, as well as a CASAC.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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