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.


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.

The health and safety of every HWS student is of the utmost importance. The Colleges recognize that when alcohol or other drugs are used or abused, students may be hesitant to report such incidents or seek medical assistance due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct or the conduct of others. The Colleges strongly encourage students to immediately seek medical assistance for students or individuals. In situations where students call for help for themselves, or a student (or group of students) seeks assistance for another student, the student who needs assistance and individuals seeking assistance (for themselves or others) will not be subject to the Colleges disciplinary actions for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies based on ingestion occurring at or near the time of the incident. The Assistant Vice President and Dean of Engagement and Conduct may decide whether amnesty applies to other violations of the Community Standards on a case by case basis. The student being transported is expected to complete an assessment with the Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention without being placed on social probation. However, repeated calls for medical assistance due to intoxication may result in disciplinary actions. Supporting students toward being successful, we may notify parents when medical attention is necessary. This is our part of our collaboration with the student, parents and necessary support services on campus and beyond. For drug and alcohol violation amnesty in situations involving Sexual or Gender-based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Physical Assault, Stalking, or Retaliation, please see the Colleges Amnesty Policy in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.



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