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)

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:

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS 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 CAPS. Please contact Counseling & Psychological Services for a current fee schedule.

Center For Couple & Family Therapy

Counseling services are also provided for students, staff, faculty, and the community. Fees are based on a sliding scale.

The Psychology Clinic

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.

Helpline 211

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 (850) 617-6333 or 2-1-1.

Al Anon

Friends or family members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems.

Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Phone: 850-224-1818
  • Website:
  • Narcotics Anonymous Phone: 850-224-2321

FSU Alcohol Policy

FSU Alcohol Policy

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 Florida State University (FSU) supports a safe and inclusive environment that enhances academic pursuits and student success. Institutional core values of the Seminole Creed and Responsible Freedom guide our conduct and inform policy and decisions. This policy seeks to diminish fear of disciplinary and conduct sanctions in such situations and to encourage individuals and organizations to seek needed medical attention for students in distress from alcohol and drug use.

FSU Medical Amnesty Policy