In support of responsible management of alcohol, the University provides numerous resources and support services available to students, faculty, and staff of Florida State University, including alcohol education, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, re-entry, prevention, and intervention, as well as other educational programs and volunteer opportunities. Below are just a few of these resources and services.
- Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness (CHAW) at University Health Services (850) 644-8871; chaw.fsu.edu
- SMART (Students Making Alcohol and Other Drug Responsibility Theirs) Choices consists of two class sessions and an interactive on-line program at University Health Services that presents the legal and personal consequences of substance abuse. Students who are sanctioned by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (850) 644-2428; Dean of Students Department or University Housing (850) 644-2860 for on or off-campus violations of the University’s alcohol and drug policy must complete the course. Students who have not been sanctioned may also enroll in the course FREE of charge if they would simply like to gain more knowledge about alcohol. Students may contact the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness at (850) 644-8871 if they would like to sign up for this informative course. The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to a process of self-examination that may lead to improved decision making and behavior change.
- AlcoholEdu is offered for all incoming and transfer students at FSU that is administered online and provides personalized and confidential health information related to alcohol: alcoholedu.com.
- The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides a structured two-session Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Evaluation for students who are sanctioned by the University for Violations of the University’s alcohol and drug policy. In addition to mandated AOD sessions, AOD Evaluations are available on a voluntary basis to all FSU students. Following the AOD Evaluation sessions, a recommendation is made to the student regarding need for counseling treatment. Counseling treatment is provided to students on a voluntary basis only. Any fee-paying student currently enrolled at Florida State University is eligible for services at the UCC. Please contact the University Counseling Center for a current fee schedule (850) 644 8255; counseling.fsu.edu.
- Counseling services are also provided for students, staff, faculty, and the community by the Marriage and Family Therapy clinic, which fees are based on annual income (850) 644-1588; Center For Couple & Family Therapy
- The Psychology Clinic is also a training clinic. Counselors are graduate students in clinic psychology programs. They provide one-on-one psychology services (no support groups) to students, staff, faculty, and the community. Fees are based on a sliding scale (850) 644-3006; psy.fsu.edu/community/clinic.
- Helpline 211 is a telephone counseling and referral service for short term counseling, information and referrals mainly for social services in the Big Bend area 1(877) 211-7005, (850) 224-6333, 2-1-1; 211bigbend.org.
- Alcoholics Anonymous/ 850-224-1818 / Meeting List
- Narcotics Anonymous/ 850-224-2321
FSU Alcohol Policy
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The Florida State University affirms the guiding ethical principle of responsible freedom. Students, staff and faculty are expected to show respect for order, ethical conduct, and the rights of others, and to model in daily living a high sense of personal honor and integrity. Florida State University neither encourages nor condemns the legal consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The university recognizes, however, that the majority of undergraduate students are below the legal drinking age and that there are serious health risks and behavior problems associated with the use of alcohol in the collegiate environment. Consequently, alcohol will be permitted at Florida State University or programs sponsored by Florida State University or its direct support organizations only in those settings which:
- Comply with federal or state laws, local ordinances, University regulations, foreign country laws (in the case of study abroad programs conducted by Florida State University International Programs, Inc.), Student Conduct Code, and this policy.
- Present minimal health and safety risks; and in no way inhibit the full participation of those who choose not to drink alcohol.
- Events and activities that encourage excessive drinking and/or lead to the endangerment of individuals will not be permitted. Any person or group in violation of federal or state laws, local ordinances, or of this policy will be reported to the proper federal, state, local or university authorities for appropriate action.