Alcohol and Drug Education

Alcohol and other drug use choices can have a significant impact on the academic, emotional, physical and spiritual life of students. A collaboration between the Offices of Student Affairs, Health Services and the Student Development & Counseling Center strives to help all members of our community make safe, healthy choices regarding alcohol and other drugs.

The staff also provides support to students who are concerned about their own use, or are concerned about the use of a friend/relative. Consultation, information, assessment and referral are available for Assumption College undergrads at no cost.

Research & Assessment

Research is a crucial part of the alcohol and drug education program at Assumption College. In order to determine the needs of the students and indentify trends on campus, Assumption College conducts annual surveys.

  • First year students participate in a survey administered when taking the AlcoholEdu class in the fall semester
  • All undergraduates are invited to participate in the Core Survey in the spring semester. The Core Survey is used by many institutions of higher education, and more than 70,000 college students participate.


The research findings enable the Alcohol & Drug Education program to develop programs that meet the specific needs of our community. The Office offers several groups for students, faculty and staff to participate in throughout the year including:

  • Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (PAWS)
    PAWS is a passionate and responsible group of student leaders who extend health and wellness education beyond the walls of the classroom. PAWS provide students with facts and resources on health-related topics including alcohol and drug use. They do this in a positive, interactive, fun and non-judgmental manner.
  • Red Watch Band
    The Red Watch Band is a comprehensive bystander intervention program in which participants learn how to recognize alcohol emergencies and respond effectively.