Biennial Review

Introduction

The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) require an institution of higher education (IHE) such as Purdue University Northwest to certify it has implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs both by Purdue University Northwest students and employees on its premises and as a part of any of its activities. At a minimum each institution of higher education must annually distribute the following in writing to all students and employees:

  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees;
  • A description of the legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  • A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or reentry programs that are available to employees or students; and
  • A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct.

The law further requires that the institution conduct a biennial review of its program with the following objectives:

  • Determining the effectiveness of the policy and implementing changes to the alcohol and other drug programs if they are needed; and
  • To ensure that the sanctions developed are enforced consistently.

Purdue University Northwest acknowledges its legal obligation to conduct a biennial review of compliance with the DrugFree Schools and Communities Act and authorized an administrative review to be conducted to determine if the college fulfills the requirements of the previously mentioned Federal regulations. The purpose of this report is to comply as best as possible, using data collected over the past two years.

The following campus units provided information for biennial reports:

  • Purdue University Northwest Police Department
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Department of Safety and Security
  • Counseling Center
  • Office of New Student Orientation
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Human Resources
  • Housing and Residential Education
  • The Office of Student Life
  • Student Organizations and Fraternity/Sorority Life

The intention of this document is to meet the legal requirements of conducting a biennial review and also summarize the programs and activities related to alcohol and drug prevention on Purdue University Northwest’s campus during the period of time of 2017-2018.

The following information was examined for the biennial review:

  • Prevention initiatives that were offered during the review
  • Various resources available to students and employees regarding drug and alcohol
  • Expectations of students related to alcohol and
  • Alcohol and drug
  • Student Handbook policies related to drug and alcohol use on campus and the sanctions imposed for failure to
  • Employee policies related to drug and alcohol use by college employees and the sanctions imposed for failure to
  • Incident reports related to any possible infractions of the drug and alcohol policy presented to
  • Local, State and Federal
  • Review of Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations checklist

Compliance with Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

 As mentioned earlier, The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (EDGAR Part 86) lay out several requirements with which all IHEs receiving any form of federal funding must comply, one of which is a biennial review.

Purdue University Northwest continues to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Drug- Free Schools and Communities Act. Purdue Northwest has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs by Purdue Northwest students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities, as demonstrated through this biennial review. In addition, Purdue Northwest University has a written policy on alcohol and other drugs and has developed a thorough method for distributing this policy to every student and employee. The written materials annually distributed contain the following information:

  • Standards of conduct that prohibit unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on its property or as a part of its activities
  • A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol
  • A description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state or federal law
  • A description of counseling or treatment programs
  • A clear statement and description of the disciplinary sanctions the institution will impose on students and employees.

Purdue Northwest utilizes a comprehensive framework to address alcohol and other drug use by implementing the following environmental strategies: policy, education, coalitions/collaboration, social life, academics, enforcement, intervention and data/assessment. This document includes an overview of each of the strategies, and assessment data are included within each category.

Purdue Northwest policies on alcohol and other drugs are seen in every area of campus life. Some of the most common are found within the division of student life on possession of alcohol and other drugs on campus. Several of the policies are listed below:

Policy

Federally Mandated Policy

Distribution
The Federally Mandated Policy about alcohol and other drugs is distributed annually to each staff member and student.

2016-2017

  • The Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy was emailed to all faculty and staff. The email summarized the key points of the policy and directed staff to the Human Resources-Employee Relations website for more information and/or to view the complete Drug and Alcohol Information document. The complete document may be viewed on Purdue’s Employee Relations website.
  • The student Alcohol and Other Drug Policy was distributed to students by Student Affairs Staff visiting First Year Experience Courses, outreach during large scale events, and collaborative Student Affairs events that were related to drug and alcohol

2017-2018

  • The Alcohol- and Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy was emailed to all faculty and staff. The email summarized the key points of the policy and directed staff to the West Lafayette Human Resources-Employee Relations website for more information and/or to view the complete Drug & Alcohol Information document. The complete document may be viewed on Purdue’s Employee Relations website.
  • The student Alcohol and Other Drug Policy was distributed to students by Student Affairs Staff visiting First Year Experience Courses, outreach during large scale events, and collaborative Student Affairs events that were related to drug and alcohol

Websites that Address Purdue Policies About Alcohol and Other Drugs

 Staff, students and visitors can find Purdue policies on several websites:

Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus Workplace Policy Summary

 Purdue University Northwest is committed to providing students, faculty, staff and visitors a safe and healthful campus and workplace. The university recognizes the health risks associated with controlled substance use and alcohol misuse and is committed to supporting students and employees who seek treatment for these conditions. The university also recognizes that controlled substance use and alcohol misuse diminish workplace and campus safety and undermine the university’s ability to fulfill its missions of education, research and service.

Purdue University has therefore developed this Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy. Compliance with this policy is considered a condition of employment and attendance at Purdue University Northwest. All employees and students will be notified of this policy by publication.

Housing and Residential Education

With an on campus population of 744 students, housing makes it a priority to educate housing residents on alcohol and other drug policies, issues and concerns. Each resident is informed in writing of housing policies in our Welcome Guide, Resident Handbook and in the terms and conditions of their housing contract. In addition we have signs throughout the community which reiterate these policies. Also, this policy is reiterated at each opening floor meeting. We always refer residents back to our handbook.

The Department of Housing and Residential Education’s Alcohol Policy is defined as follows:

  • Regardless of age, students are prohibited from consuming, transporting, and distributing alcohol; possessing or being in the presence of alcohol; or exhibiting disruptive behavior influenced by the use of alcohol. Unused alcohol will be disposed of by the student under the supervision of the Purdue University Northwest Police Department. The consumption of alcohol off-campus that results in an incident within The University Village community or disruption of the community is also a violation of this policy. Residents found in violation of this policy may be required to complete the E-Checkup To Go alcohol Education program, and may be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students. Repeated violations could result in Separation from
  • Alcohol Displays: Displays of empty alcohol, wine, liquor, or beer containers is not allowed.
  • Graduate Community: Rooms designated as part of the Graduate Community in University Village are allowed to have alcohol in their apartments. When alcohol is present in an apartment only those above the age of 21 are allowed to be in the apartment. No common source containers (keg, party balls, etc…) of alcohol will be allowed in the Graduate Community at any time.

The Department of Housing and Residential Education’s Drug Policy is defined as follows:

  • Drugs/Misuse of Prescription Drugs:
    • The use, sale, or distribution of illicit drugs will not be tolerated. The misuse or sale of prescription drugs will not be tolerated. Residents and/or guests caught using or soliciting drugs will be reported to law enforcement, the Department of Housing and Residential Education, and the Office of the Dean of Students. Residents and/or guests caught or suspected (e.g. smell of drugs or identification of possible paraphernalia) of using drugs will face resident conduct proceedings and/or student conduct disciplinary action which will likely include separation from housing and issuance of a no trespass order. Please make special note that contraband inspection services utilizing contraband detection canines may be conducted on an unannounced basis. Common areas, individual rooms, and automobiles parked on University Village property may be subject to inspection.
  • Drug Paraphernalia:
    • The use of illegal substances prohibits the presence of items deemed to be paraphernalia. This includes, but is not limited to, bongs, hash pipes, blow tubes and water pipes. If prohibited items are observed in an apartment, the items will be confiscated by the University Police Department and resident conduct proceedings / student conduct disciplinary action will be initiated. Residents found responsible for violating the Drug Paraphernalia policy will receive an educational sanction and may be removed from the University Village.
  • Please note, students must report any smell/evidence of drugs to avoid violation.
    • Complicity (A) — H-006: A student shall not, through act or omission, assist another student, individual, or group in committing or attempting to commit a University Village policy violation. A student who has knowledge of another committing or attempting to commit a violation of a University Village policy is required to remove him or herself from the situation, and failure to do so when reasonable under the circumstances may be the basis for a violation of this policy.  Failure to comply violations may result in removal from the University village.

Intercollegiate Athletics

For the mutual best interest of Purdue University Northwest and all Purdue University Northwest student-athletes, PNW implemented in Fall 2016 the following drug and alcohol education and testing procedures. The purposes of the program are to inform student-athletes about the serious physical, mental, and emotional harm caused by illegal/banned substances, serve as a diagnostic aid for the identification of individuals affected by substance abuse or alcohol in order to protect the health and safety of the affected individual and other student- athletes, deter the use of such substances, and safeguard the integrity of athletic competitions by assuring student-athletes, schools, and the public that fair competition is an overriding principle in athletics. The goal at Purdue University Northwest is to maintain an athletic environment free of substance abuse that is consistent with the high standards of the university and with the overall development and education of its student-athletes. The program will be administered in a manner consistent with the personal rights and privacy interests of the student-athletes.

Substance abuse (whether disclosed through drug testing or otherwise) is inconsistent with academic and athletic excellence, and will not be tolerated.

The entire policy (PDF)can be found here.

Purdue Cares Medical Amnesty Policy for Student Intoxication

Purdue Student Government worked with Administration and several campus offices to implement a medical amnesty policy in fall 2011. The entire policy can be viewed on Purdue West Lafayette’s University Policy Office website.

A summary of the policy is below:

In cases of student intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning that occur on the Purdue University Northwest campus, on the premises of a Recognized Student Organization or at a function sponsored by a Recognized Student Organization, the intoxicated student, as well as the student(s) seeking medical attention on the intoxicated student’s behalf, will be exempt from disciplinary sanctions related to alcohol consumption.

In circumstances involving a Recognized Student Organization, the willingness of the members involved in seeking medical assistance for a member or guest will be viewed as a mitigating factor in the review process for the Recognized Student Organization for any possible violations.

Student Organizations Summary

Use of Alcoholic Beverages

  • All Purdue University Northwest students are responsible for complying with Indiana state laws. Attention is called to the Indiana Alcoholic Beverages Law that states specifically:
    • No person under 21 years of age may use or be in possession of alcoholic beverages.
    • Persons 21 or over may not make alcoholic beverages available to minors.
    • Misrepresentation of age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages is a violation of state law.
  • In addition to Indiana state laws, the following university Alcohol policy applies:
    • Purdue Northwest prohibits the serving or possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances at any Student Organization function on or off campus.
    • Individuals or groups violating the University policy will have all compensation withheld for their services. Purdue Northwest is not liable for any individual or group loss (See the Alcohol Policy).

Campus Safety Review

Student organizations with high impact/risk events are required to meet with the Office of Student Life staff to review their event. Alcoholic beverages at any event sponsored by a Registered Student Organization is prohibited; on or off campus (See the Alcohol Policy).

Business Office for Student Organizations

Student Organization funds may not be used to purchase or reimburse for alcohol, tobacco, or related products/services.

Server Training Policy

 Every person holding a liquor license is required to have server training and pass a test. The class, “Indiana ATC Certified Server Training Program,” gives a general overview of Indiana State laws regarding the serving and consumption of alcohol, punitive damages both to the server and to the individual, recognizing inebriation levels, recognizing false (and correct) identification, handling situations with alcohol, etc. Every beverage employee is provided with a Beverage Manual containing current alcohol service standards and expectations. All of the students are required to take the American Hotel and Lodging program on Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively (CARE program) before they serve any alcohol. They are also required to be 21 to take our Beverage class where this certification is offered.

Education

Many departments on campus are involved in educating students and parents about alcohol and other drugs, including the Counseling Center, Office of Dean of Students, Purdue Northwest Police Department, Purdue University Northwest Health Center, University Housing, and Intercollegiate Athletics, and Human Resources.

Prevention for Students

Counseling Center

Online Educational Surveys

The Counseling Center provides students access to an online alcohol education tool titled “ECheckupToGo” in order to allow students to receive personalized feedback about how their alcohol use compares to other students and how it may be impacting them across a range of life domains. Students are invited to access and complete ECheckupToGo: the Dean of Students Office and Residential Life use the program as a sanction following alcohol violations. During the 2016- 2018 academic years, 228 students completed the program. Below is some data describing this group’s reported alcohol use.

Alcohol Use (N=285)MeanRange
Estimated highest BAC during a “typical week”.020 – .98
Estimated highest BAC during the heaviest drinking episode.060 – 0.34
Number of drinks per month6.010 – 86
Money spent on alcohol per month$5.32$0 – $40
Negative consequences (AUDIT) score2.490 – 22
Family risk level2.210 – 17
Number of days they drive a vehicle after 3+ drinks.0010 – 1
Number of days they were a passenger in a vehicle when driver had 3+ drinks0.280 – 7
Number of cigarettes per month4.310 – 300

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 80 students completed ECheckupToGo.

 

Alcohol Use (N=146)MeanRange
Estimated highest BAC during a “typical week”.02.00 – .022
Estimated highest BAC during the heaviest drinking episode0.040 – 0.37
Number of drinks per month6.480 – 124.7
Money spent on alcohol per month$4.34$0 – $50
Negative consequences (AUDIT) score2.430 – 20
Family risk level2.40 – 16
Number of days they drive a vehicle after 3+ drinks0.090 – 7
Number of days they were a passenger in a vehicle when driver had 3+ drinks0.250 – 7
Number of cigarettes per month0.210 – 15

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 148 students completed ECheckupToGo.

Outreach Programming

The Counseling Center staff provided outreach and preventive education to 4976 students in 2016- 2017 and 5742 students in 2017-2018 academic years.  Outreach topics include Alcohol and Other Drug education and prevention. The Counseling Center engages students in campus-wide programming focusing on alcohol education and awareness twice a year, in November and in April. Traditionally, alcohol awareness occurs in the spring, however, since the highest drinking day of the year is the day before Thanksgiving, the Counseling Center also provides alcohol awareness the week before Thanksgiving break to education students about alcohol use. The awareness and education activities that occur include an interactive activity where students are able to test their “alcohol IQ.” Students are asked to choose a particular glass (wine, high-ball, pilsner glass) and the pour “fake alcohol” into the glass to what they believe is one serving of that particular type of alcohol (i.e. beer, wine, hard liquor). Then their respected pour is measured and education is provided about what a serving size is based on the type of alcohol poured. The Counseling Center also provided interactive trivia about alcohol while also providing various resources to students.

Additionally, the Counseling Center provides similar outreach programming focused on topics considered risk-factors related to alcohol use. For example, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Counseling Center conducts a learning outcomes survey using Frameworks for Assessing Learning and Developmental Outcomes (FALDO) which is from the Council on Academic Standards in Higher Education (CAS) over the course or each year with Counseling Center therapy clients. Students responded to a Health Behavior inquiry with 87 students reporting positive learning about Alcohol and Other Drugs between the 2016-2018 academic years.

Student Health 101 is an online magazine designed to provide positive health education to college students. Purdue Northwest’s Student Health 101 reached 1413 unique student readers in 2016-2017. The e-magazine reached 305 unique student readers in 2017-2018.  This decline in student reach can in part be attributed to the change in the delivery platform of the e-magazine from a text message alert that is sent out to students who have subscribed to a downloadable app.  Purdue University Northwest publishes an article on Alcohol Education and Prevention in the November issue each year.

Counseling Center

  • Alcohol and Drug Screening and Educational Outreach
  • Depression and Anxiety Screening and Educational Outreach
  • Eating Disorders Screening and Educational Outreach
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Awareness Presentations

Office of Student Life

  • August 2015- Partnered with Campus Police during Purdue Pride Week to host the Tricycle Relay Race. Student participants had to perform tasks while wearing goggles that impaired their vision based off of the alcoholic consumption limit of the goggles. Once that was done and the students were cleared to drive by Campus Police, the students ran the relay race. Throughout the course the Office of Student Life staff placed statistics related to alcohol.
  • 2014-2016- Bystander Intervention Training was conducted in several First Year Experience Courses and throughout the semester. In the training, videos were used as examples of how alcohol can contribute to sexual assault incidents.

Dean of Students

  • The Office of the Dean of Students has trained over 1500 students to be Bystander Certified by the nationally recognized program “Step UP”. This program geared toward students, discusses the correlation between alcohol use and sexual assault, as well as how to recognize the signs of alcohol abuse by friends, teammates, and other student organization members.

Counseling Center

  • Alcohol and Drug Screening and Educational Outreach
  • Depression and Anxiety Screening and Educational Outreach
  • Eating Disorders Screening and Educational Outreach
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Awareness Presentations

Police Department

  • Alcohol Student Awareness
  • Campus Safety programs are offered at the beginning of each school year to international participants and Residence Hall staff. It is also offered as requested and entails how to keep oneself safe by taking personal responsibility for individual safety and proper utilization of 911 and ETS (Emergency Telephone System)
  • Crime Prevention – These programs are offered at the beginning of each school year to student organizations and Residence Hall staff. It is also offered as requested.
  • Gang Prevention
  • International Student Programs – These programs are offered at the beginning of each school year and include the topics covered in the Crime Prevention and Campus Safety programs.
  • Personal Safety – This program is offered as requested and covers topics detailed in Campus Safety Programs including proper utilization of the ETS and 911 systems.
  • Purdue Northwest Round table discussions
  • Rape Aggression Training (RAD)
  • Rape Prevention
  • Publications – the police department, the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Office of Dean of Students distribute various publications that address problems such as date rape, alcohol abuse, and theft.
  • Lighting – the campus is routinely surveyed to ensure that the exterior areas are adequately lighted at night.
  • Robbery Training – This training is offered as requested, to staff and includes topics of prevention, solving, and surviving a robbery.
  • Active Shooter Training (ALICE)

Housing and Residential Education

  • The Drinking Game – Residents play common drinking games without alcohol, and then follow-up with a discussion on how alcohol can be dangerous and how to drink responsibly.
  • Alcohol Awareness Speaker – Talked about personal struggles with alcohol and had a roundtable discussion on the risks of drinking while driving.
  • Masquerade Semi-Formal – Resident Assistants snuck Skittles in residents’ drinks during the event. At the end, it was announced how easy it is for someone to be drugged.
  • Truth about College Drinking – Resident Assistant conducted a trivia game on the truth about college drinking and parties.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Educational programming is an integral part of the drug-use deterrence model. To empower student- athletes to make responsible and healthy decisions Purdue University Northwest, in partnership with Drug Free Sport, will offer the following educational programming and resources:

  • My Playbook – myPlaybook is a collection of online lessons that use evidence-based strategies to promote the health and well-being of student-athletes. Specific strategies include social norms, behavioral expectancies, behavioral intentions, as well as bystander, decision making, stress management, goal setting and harm prevention skills. myPlaybook’s interactive programming engages student-athletes using state-of-the-art instructional design and includes content related to:
    1. Alcohol
    2. Tobacco
    3. Marijuana
    4. Performance-Enhancing Drugs
    5. Dietary Supplements & Sports Nutrition
    6. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs
    7. Life Skills
    8. Sexual Assault
    9. Transitioning Out of College
  • On Campus Educational Speakers – Expert speakers from Drug Free Sport offer a variety of on-site educational opportunities for coaches, administrators and student-athletes.
  • Drug Free Sport offers a subscription based service for athletes called the Drug Free Sport Axis (AXIS). Student-athletes can gain access to experts online, via phone or email for questions about supplements prior to consuming a product that may contain a banned ingredient. Access to the AXIS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, online at dfsawis.com. All inquiries to AXIS may be made anonymously and all are kept strictly confidential.

Student-athletes participate in ongoing training such as the Purdue University Northwest Step UP! program. Step UP! was developed by the University of Arizona and the NCAA raises awareness, provides skills and educates people to recognize the continuum of violence. Through training bystander intervention empowers and mobilizes participants to recognize, intervene, prevent and/or stop inappropriate comments, actions and behaviors. This program is presented by a collaboration of the Dean of Students office, as well as Campus Life.

Prevention for Staff

Human Resources

New Avenues is the Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) for the Purdue University Northwest Campus. New Avenues sends PNW Human Resources flyers that are specifically addressing alcohol and drug abuse.  These are then distributed via email to all employees 2-3 times a year.  This flyer is also posted on the PNW Wellness website.  In addition, every December an email regarding the Alcohol and Drug Free Campus and Workplace Policy, is issued from West Lafayette Human Resources to all faculty and staff.

Social Life

Many Purdue University Northwest areas have made a strong commitment to ensuring that our students have access to substance-free events. Here are some websites that offer information on what’s available for students:

Academics

Many academic units address alcohol and other drugs through policies in classrooms, curriculum infusion and research.

Enforcement

The three primary venues on campus that enforce policies and laws regarding alcohol and other drug use are Purdue University Northwest Police, University Resident Halls, and the Office of Dean of Students.

University Data

The following data represents individuals sanctioned for incidents involving alcohol:

Sanctioned Alcohol Policy Violations2016-172017-18
Total3866
Sanctioned Drug Policy Violations2016-172017-18
Total1720

The following sanctions were assessed regarding alcohol and other drug incidents:

Alcohol Education Sanctions2016-172017-18
E-CheckUptoGo2062
Housing Contract Termination/Ineligibility2016-172017-18
Alcohol11
Drugs32

Purdue University Northwest Police Department

 Arrest Offenses2016-17


(8/1/16 – 8/1/17)

2017-18


(8/1/17 – 8/1/18)

Public Intoxication10
Minor Consumption00
Operating while Intoxicated00
Marijuana20
Other Drugs00

These statistics indicate arrest cases as initially reported to the police. Further investigation may reveal the case was unfounded or lacked sufficient evidence to result in the filing of criminal charges by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS)

ODOS is charged with upholding the standards for student conduct and behavior within the university environment. Incident reports that are submitted from various campus and community agencies are reviewed to determine if there has been a possible violation of the Code of Student Conduct as outlined in the University Regulations. A student who is found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in this document. Sanctions may include separation from the university (expulsion or suspension), conditional student standing (probated suspension or disciplinary probation) or a disciplinary warning. In addition, students may be required to complete any number of educational assignments, including substance abuse assessments, alcohol/drug education classes, community service, ethics training, or other educational assignments.

Listed below is a summary of the number of alcohol and drug related student conduct cases that have been adjudicated by the ODOS Office:

Alcohol and Drug CasesDrugs 2016-17Drugs 2017-18Alcohol 2016-17Alcohol 2017-18
Written Warning316 1021
Disciplinary Probation8 19159
Probated Suspension311 2
Suspension100 0
Expulsion100 0
Not Responsible/Medical Amnesty13351612

In addition to the standard case resolution process, the ODOS staff partners with the university’s Counseling Center to formalize a referral process for at-risk students who may be in need of more formal assessments and counseling due to alcohol-related behavior. In addition, staff members have worked with academic advisors, as well as minority and international student advisors, university athletics staff and coaches, and professional programs to present information to students regarding the university’s standards of conduct and the policies on alcohol and drugs for the campus.

Risk Management

During the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic school years, there were no specific alcohol-related property damage claims on campus.

Alcohol-Related Property Damage ClaimsNumberAmount
2016-20170N/A
2017-20180N/A
Total0N/A

Intervention

Purdue has several options available for students and staff members who need to address alcohol and other drug abuse issues. A summary specifically for faculty and staff members is listed below:

 

Purdue’s Treatment Programs for Staff

New Avenues is the Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) for the Purdue University Northwest Campus. New Avenues offers confidential assessment, counseling and referral services.  Professional services are available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff, and their dependents, regardless of their participation in our medical plan.

Employee Assistance Data via New Avenues – Listed below is a summary of the number of employees and/or dependents that requested alcohol or drug services through our vendor:

Employees Requesting EAP services2016-2017 2017- 2018
Alcohol31
Drugs00

Human Resources Data received by PNW Human Resources – Listed below is a summary of the number of employees who may have had an incident related to drugs or alcohol.  Information is received from departments who may have had an employee with an incident:

Incidents2016-2017 2017-2018
Alcohol22
Drugs00

Purdue’s Treatment Program for Students

The Counseling Center

The PNW Counseling Center utilizes the AUDIT screening as an electronic inventory about a student’s alcohol use as part of the intake for counseling sessions. In 2016-2017 academic year, the Counseling Center staff provided a total of 2,412 individual counseling sessions and during the 2017-2018 academic year provided 2,941 total individual counseling appointments. Students identifying problematic substance use during intake are guided by their counselor to focus on these concerns as part of treatment.

The Counseling Center employs staff with expertise in the area of substance use treatment.

The Counseling Center collaborates with Athletics in identifying requirements to establish Division II Status, which included a NCAA-compliant substance abuse policy for Purdue University Northwest.  During the 2016 to 2018 years, there were a total of 4 student-athletes who attended the Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention of College Students (BASICS).

Summary

The appointed review committee conducted a comprehensive study of our alcohol and drug policies, related programs, services, and enforcement practices for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. Purdue Northwest is in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Campus Regulations, has an effective and enforced AOD policy, and will be distributing this information in writing to our students and employees.

The Biennial Review team has also identified several future goals/initiatives to continue our effort regarding alcohol and other drug education for our campus community.

The Purdue University Northwest Counseling Center is staffed by three (3) licensed HSPP-status psychologists (Executive Director/Clinical Director, Counselor Psychologist Generalist, Assessment Specialist/Staff Therapist) and one (1) LMHC-status counselor (Outreach Coordinator/Staff Therapist). Currently, the staff provide services on both campuses by rotating one to two days per week. The Counseling Center has a .5 FTE psychology resident (postdoctoral fellow) who also provides clinical services to enrolled students.  Additionally, the Counseling Center has a collaborative training program with Chicagoland universities and professional schools of psychology.  We provide training to three (3) total intermediate and advanced clinical therapy practicum students. Professional staff have expertise in substance use prevention, education, and treatment that can be applied through expanded opportunities for programming on campus.

The Biennial Review Team suggest the following topics for further exploration and expansion:

  • Utilize E-CheckUptoGo to gain a clearer picture of all students’ alcohol and other drug behaviors.
  • Seek professional staff and financial resources designated to AOD to seek grant funding.
  • Develop alcohol education programming for violators, such as an Alcohol class or BASICS assessment.
  • Develop long-term planning for outreach and intervention/treatment.
  • Establish more collaborative efforts within the University for our student and staff regarding our AOD effort.
  • Distribution efforts of our report will be at all NSO and New Employee Orientations.
  • Identification of departments within the University who may provide education and prevention efforts through classwork for AOD.