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From The Student Handbook, Drug Policy, Education, Prevention, Intervention and Treatment  College of Charleston Student Handbook

2. Education, Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

2.1. The College’s first obligation in dealing with drug problems is to educate the College community. This obligation is addressed by a variety of prevention and education programs which are offered, including formal and informal classes, lectures, discussions, and activities that address both drug-abuse prevention and drug-related problems. Students are encouraged to participate in the numerous campus organizations and activities which promote drug-free experiences. A list of student organizations is available in the Stern Student Center and at www.studentlife@cofc.edu. Current information about the risks and statistics related to drug use is available to students. Educational efforts also address personal intervention skills to help members of the College community to better respond to students demonstrating problems related to the use of drugs. As drug abuse is a societal issue, the College will also conduct research and offer expertise in this area as a public service.

2.2. A second responsibility of the College is to promote an atmosphere where students who have a problem with drug use will have the opportunity to seek help. Each student seeking assistance will be provided an opportunity for an individual diagnostic assessment and will be offered information on, or referral to appropriate services which address the improper use of drugs, including the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Available services may include educational activities, structured groups, counseling, and self-help groups. Some of these services are offered on campus at no cost to the student. The cost of off-campus services is the responsibility of the student.

a) Students may receive assessment, counseling, and educational services from the Office of Substance Abuse Services, (Robert Scott Small Building, 3rd floor, 843.953.5640, or from off-campus treatmetn providers. 

b) This policy is not intended to create obligations or restrictions which may interfere with the confidential nature of counseling, clinical, or therapeutic relationships. Confidentiality will be maintained in accordance with state and federal laws.

Additional Education and Prevention: 

The College of Charleston is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming college experience for all students.  This includes multiple outreach and educational efforts to decrease or eliminate substance abuse.  As part of our comprehensive alcohol prevention program, the college mandates (through the Dean of Students Office) that each incoming freshman complete the 2-3 hour alcohol and sexual assault prevention course, AlcoholEdu. Students are tracked individually and 100% compliance is monitored.  Anyone not completing the course prior to arrival at the college has a hold placed on their registration and may be called into the Dean of Students Office to explain their non-compliance.  Substance misuse prevention efforts run throughout the school year, including annual training of Resident Assistants and Residence Hall Directors, presentations during student and parent orientations, and to Greek Life organizations in partnership with the Risk Managers, and a module on alcohol's effects on academics taught by the Peer Facilitators in the First Year Experience.  Both formal and informal classes, lectures, discussions, and activities are offered by the CASAS Health Educator and Substance Abuse Intervention Specialist, along with other staff who participate in the "Don't Drop That Class" program offering substance abuse information at the request of various faculty to enrich their curriculum.   Both the Health Educator and Substance Abuse Intervention Specialist work with the Cougar Counseling Team (trained volunteers) to offer various health fairs and outreach activities.  The college also purchased an evidence-based parent handbook for talking with college students about alcohol from Penn State based on the programmatic research of Dr. Rob Turrisi.   This handbook is given to all incoming parents during parent orientation and is available as a pdf on the CASAS parent web page.  Additionally, CASAS staff work with various organizations across campus to help plan engaging, alcohol-free activities and students are encouraged to participate in the various programs that are developed. A list of student organizations is available in the Stern Student Center and at http://studentlife.cofc.edu/clubs-and-organizations/index.php

The college also has a coordinated response to student's who have a substance abuse incident.  This includes students who are reported by other students, observed by a Resident Assistant, reported to the Dean due to concerns about a student (through the college FAST reporting system – Faculty/Staff Assisting Students in Trouble), and whose care is managed by the multi-disciplinary team known as the Students of Concern Committee.  Many of these students are directed by the Dean of Students to CASAS for a substance abuse assessment and possible treatment.  As a part of the assessment process mandated students complete a self-assessment from the online educational program AlcoholEdu.  This evidence-based practice tool is then reviewed with a trained substance abuse counselor at CASAS.  Based on the nature of the incident and the self-assessment students may enter into a four session treatment group.  CASAS staff are all trained in various evidence-based practices related to students at risk for, or presenting with substance abuse problems, including Motivational Interviewing.  CASAS staff also consult with various organizations around campus and in the larger community as needed related to substance abuse prevention and treatment, including but not limited to Student Health Services, Office of Victim Services and Academic Advising. Special outreach messaging is also offered as new drug threats are discovered.  Examples include warnings about alcohol-stimulant products, synthetic marijuana, or national trends such as the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications (ex. Pain killers, ADHD medications, and minor tranquilizers).  More information is available by calling CASAS, 843.953.5640.

Assessment and Treatment

For Students:

CASAS, Counseling and Substance Abuse Services, 843.953.5640
Charleston Center, 843.958.3300
MUSC Institute of Psychiatry, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, 843.792.9162
MUSC, Psychiatry Resident Clinic 843.792.9162
MUSC, Emergency Room 843.792.3826
Roper Hospital Emergency Department, 843.724.2010
Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health, 843.747.5830
Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program of S.C. 843.958.3300
Alcoholics Anonymous (near campus), Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St, Charleston, Friday at 8:45pm
Narcotics Anonymous (on campus), Robert Scott Small Bldg, Rm 319, Saturday at 9:00pm  

Urine Drug Testing Services:

Charleston Center, 843.958.3300  
St. Andrews Medical Center, 843.763.2000 
Lowcountry Drug Screening, 843.747.3224

Sexual Assault, substance related or not:

People Against Rape 843.745.0144

For Faculty and Staff:

SAVE, Strategies to Assist Valued Employees, 843.747.5327
Charleston Center, 843.958.3300
MUSC Institute of Psychiatry, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, 843.792.9162
MUSC, Psychiatry Resident Clinic 843.792.9162
MUSC, Emergency Room 843.792.3826
Roper Hospital Emergency Department, 843.724.2010
Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health, 843.747.5830
Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program of S.C. 843.958.3300
Alcoholics Anonymous, 843.554.2998 Al-Anon, 843.762.6999
Narcotics Anonymous, 843.852.3001