As part of a Catholic University, the Alcohol and Other
Drug (AOD) Program strives to enhance the individual's
understanding of the effects drugs and alcohol have on one's civic
and individual values.
As a Vincentian University inspired by St. Vincent de
Paul's compassion and zeal for service, we are committed to
offering AOD education that will enhance the students' knowledge of
the effects of AOD and provide the tools necessary to make healthy
As a Metropolitan University, we endeavor to provide
opportunities for students to learn about the effects of alcohol
and other drugs using various resources the city offers.
The AOD program uses a broad-based approach to prevention and
education, which includes awareness and information campaigns,
social and educational programming, training for campus
leaders, support services, and assessment and evaluation.
Drug Free Campus Guidelines
Programs and Events
The Bacchus (Boosting Awareness, Communication & Cooperation
for the Health of University Students) Peer Educators are students
who are trained in a comprehensive course designed to empower
students to educate, confront, listen to, and help their peers make
healthy lifestyle choices. They offer a variety of outreach
programs for the University community. These are interactive
presentations that can be used for residence halls, fraternities,
sororities, clubs or other organizations, on topics such as Club
Drugs, Date Rape, Healthy Relationships, Wellness, and Alcohol and
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness
NCAAW occurs each October and is a week long campaign
designed to educate students on the dangers of alcohol use and
abuse. Throughout the week, workshops, speakers, and
information tables are available to the students.
The Great American
The Great American Smokeout takes place in November to
help smokers quit cigarettes and educate the university community
on the dangers of smoking.
Safe Spring Break Week
Before the students head off for their vacation destinations, the
AOD Program, in conjunction with other University offices,
schedules a week of activities to inform and educate the students
on alcohol abuse, date rape, club drugs, and AOD laws in other
St. John's University's AOD Program and the Bacchus Peer
Educators are officially recognized by The Bacchus and Gamma Peer
Education Network. The Network is an international
association of college and university-based peer education programs
focusing on alcohol abuse preventions and other related student
health and safety issues.
Assistant Director for Wellness Education