Message to Students on Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Below is a September email from me to all students about alcohol and substance abuse.

Dear Students:

With a new year underway, I want to extend best wishes to you for a productive, safe, and fun fall semester and academic year. I hope you will see us as a home away from home and a warm and welcoming environment to pursue your educational goals.

I want to remind you to please conduct yourselves in a manner consistent with the alcohol and drug policies of our campus.  Misuse or abuse of alcohol, drugs, and prescription medications should have no place at the College of Charleston. These behaviors are in conflict with our mission and fundamentally harmful to you and the fabric of our community.

As members of our proud community, I ask you to commit to the following:

  • Take the lead among your friends and social organizations in choosing alternatives to high-risk drinking and drug abuse;
  • Intervene and help anyone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Remember, your classmates, friends, roommates, teammates, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters are your community and extended family. Please treat them with dignity and respect.
  • Direct those with a problem to the appropriate resource for assistance.  As a reminder, if you need confidential help or have a concern about someone else, please call our Counseling and Substance Abuse Services staff at 843.953.5640 or go on-line and submit a report on the Dean of Students’ website. After hours you can call Public Safety at 843.953.5611.

As always, the College will continue promoting and funding late-night alcohol-free events and enforcing College policies and local laws. It is our goal to provide an environment for students that is as fun as it is enlightening, and as supportive of rich social lives as it is of your boundless futures.

Good luck throughout this academic year. I wish you all the best as you strive to make this a year of educational excellence and personal growth.