How to Assess Your Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Response Program

Here’s how the University of Florida successfully applied 32NCSI’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Assessment Tool.

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A significant number of safety and security-related incidents that occur in college communities involve the use and/or abuse of alcohol and/or drugs. Historically, institutions across the nation have struggled to appropriately address this wide-spread problem.

Fortunately, there is a free, new and confidential tool that’s just been unveiled by the VTV Family Outreach Foundation that is designed to help campuses assess the effectiveness of their alcohol and drug abuse prevention and response programs. This tool is one of nine assessment tools that are part of VTV’s 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI). All nine tools are designed around industry standards and best practices to help institutions reflect on their own policies and practices to identify institutional strengths and weaknesses.

In my interview with University of Florida Division of Student Affairs Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Jen Day Shaw, Dr. Shaw discusses her university’s experience and lessons learned in applying 32NCSI’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Assessment Tool. She also suggests ways campuses can most effectively use this resource to improve their prevention and response programs.

To access the Alcohol and Other Drugs assessment tool, or any of the other assessment tools, visit

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