Learn more about how to take care of your fellow Rams. Click the Know Faded--Alcohol Poisoning Prevention tab below to know what to do if you suspect a friend has alcohol poisoning.
As part of CSU's comprehensive approach to alcohol and sexual assault education, it is required that all new incoming students (including transfer and international) under the age of 23 complete an online, evidence-based program called Alcohol Edu and Haven: Sexual Assault Prevention. Whether you choose to drink or not, the program will provide a tailored experience to explore your perceptions about college drinking, provide feedback about high-risk behaviors, campus expectations and consequences, while empowering you to make well-informed choices about alcohol while at CSU.
Embedded in the online program will also be a module on understanding sexual assault. You will learn what the definition of consent is and how to obtain consent, how to help a friend, and how to intervene in a situation that might escalate to sexual assault.
Alcohol Edu and Haven: Sexual Assault Prevention Program has two parts. The first part of the course takes approximately two hours to complete, and ends with an exam. You must earn a grade of 80% or higher to pass the first part of the course or a registration hold will be placed on your account, making you ineligible to register for the following semester. Six weeks after completing Part One, you will receive an email inviting you to take Part Two. Part two will only take about 15 minutes to complete.
Students Admitted for Fall 2013:
You will receive more information about this requirement during your summer orientation experience on campus. You will also receive an e-mail mid to late July with specific instructions on how to access the course; you will not be allowed access until you have received this message. The Part One due date for Fall 2013 is August 26.
Students Admitted for Spring 2014:
You will receive an e-mail in December with specific instructions on how to access the course; you will not be allowed access until you have received this message. The Part One due date for Spring 2014 is January 21.
If you have any questions, please e-mail: email@example.com. Congratulations on your acceptance to CSU! We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
Your drinking and/or drug use may be impacting you more than you think. Take an opportunity to check in.
Blue Sky is a free, anonymous screening that provides personalized feedback about your alcohol and other drug use and connects you to campus support services. Users when prompted, enter referral code "voluntary".
The Alcohol Calculator helps you assess the amount of money you spend on alcohol.
If you choose to drink:
RamRide is a safe-ride program provided through the Associated Students of Colorado State University.
This program provides safe, non-judgmental rides for Colorado State University students with the goal of improving the safety of the Fort Collins community. Rides are provided on Thursday nights from 10PM to 2AM. On Friday & Saturday nights, rides are provided from 10PM to 3AM.
The RamRide Program remains non-judgmental by never asking why a patron needs a ride home and never asking for facts like full name or age. A patron needs only to call in with basic information and location and they will be provided a ride with no questions asked.
RamRide is supported entirely by donations, in-kind gifts, University support, and grant funding. Furthermore, volunteers are an essential part of the RamRide program. Our volunteers operate the dispatch system, drive the vehicles, and serve as navigators for the drivers.
For more information on how to volunteer and volunteer eligibility requirements, visit our volunteer sign-up tab. Please note that you must be 18 to volunteer for any position in RamRide.
Feel for Pulse/Check Skin
The best place to look for a pulse is on the wrist. Grab the person's wrist, placing two-three fingers right below the thumb. Feel for the space between the tendons and the bone. Count to five. Check for pulse while you are leaning over to check for breathing. If you can't find a pulse on the wrist, check the neck. Notice if skin is bluish, cold, clammy or pale.
Assess for Breathing
Lean over and put your ear to their nose/mouth to count their breathing. If breathing is shallow, irregular (10 seconds or more between breaths) or extremely slow (fewer than 8 times per minute), your friend needs help. Make sure that the airway is open.
Determine Sleeping Status
A person who does not wake up after vomiting or who is not roused by pinching, prodding or shouting needs help.
Emergency Call to 911
Don't hesitate to call 911 if your friend is in trouble. Calling 911 from a campus phone will connect you to the Campus Police who will help direct paramedics to your location. Calling from a cell phone will not connect you to the campus police. Give emergency personnel very specific directions. Send someone out to the street to direct paramedics to your location.
Do NOT Leave Your Friend Alone
If it is not necessary to call emergency personnel, wake up your friend frequently (every 15 minutes or so) to make sure your friend is safe. If your friend does not awaken easily and/or you notice other signs mentioned above, get help. No matter if help is needed or not, roll them on their side, in case vomiting occurs.
Check out College Drinking Prevention for additional information about alcohol poisoning.
Adapted from University of California - Irvine
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This Off Campus site also provides a party check list and information about party packs, noise tickets and common party violations. Learn how to register your party and the benefits for doing so.
Are you familiar with the alcohol and drug policies and consequences for violation as a student at CSU or those for the State of Colorado? Check out the links below:
For additional information, log onto the CSU Office of Policy and Compliance web site.
|CSU Safe Walk||970-491-1155|
|Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Team||970-491-7111|
|CSU Police Non-Emergency||970-491-6425|
|Fort Collins Police Non-Emergency||970-221-6540|
|Poudre Valley Hospital||970-495-7000|
|Poison Control Center||1-800-332-3073|
Alcoholics Anonymous of Northern Colorado is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Call 970-224-3552 for more information.
Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. The primary purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of problem drinking. Call 970-225-2666 for local information.
The mission of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Colorado Department of Human Services is to develop, support and advocate for comprehensive services to reduce substance use disorders and to promote healthy individuals, families and communities. They are a helpful resource if you are looking for state treatment, recovery and DUI services. Call 303-866-7400 for more information.
The purpose of theAlcohol and Other Drugs Committee is to promote responsible behavior around alcohol use, including education and compliance with campus policies and state and federal laws. Through the use of best practices, the committee members strive to decrease high-risk drinking and its negative consequences among CSU students. High-risk drinking secondary effects can include: death, injury, assault, unsafe sex, academic problems, health problems/suicide attempts, drunk driving, vandalism, property damage, police involvement, and alcohol abuse and dependence. For more information about this committee and/or to become involved, contact the Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs at (970) 491-1702.
Team Fort Collins is a non-profit community organization dedicated to preventing the abuse and illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, especially among youth and families, by promoting healthy lifestyles through community mobilization, education, and interactive events. For more information about this group and/or to become involved, contact (970) 224-9931.
Drinking issues are a growing concern on college campuses nationwide, particularly for first-year college students. New students often feel an amazing amount of independence during their first year in college. You may find your student testing boundaries and exploring new beliefs and behaviors. Sometimes, however, they are unaware of the consequences of their decisions. Talk openly with your student about attending parties, alcohol and drug use, sexual decisions, safety and peer pressure. Although these conversations can be tough, they are extremely important. Families have more influence than they realize when it comes to students making positive decisions about such life situations.
There are several important things to consider when approaching this topic:
We encourage you to stand apart from most parents, take an active role, and communicate with your student. Here are a few resources to help parents/family members with these important conversations around alcohol and other drug use:
The Educational Development Center views health as the presence of physical, mental and social well-being, not simply the absence of illness. They work with health care professionals to be able to find information in EDC publications and also learn more about their projects designed to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
Campus Health and Safety is an online resource for higher education administrators, students, parents and other professionals who are seeking information about creating healthier and safer living and learning environments for college and university students, both on campus and in the surrounding community.
The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the latest and credible information regarding alcohol, other drugs and public health. This Center is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions and promoting health through strong partnerships.
Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth provides a comprehensive look at the marketing of alcohol to youth.
Facts on Tap is a great site that focuses on alcohol, other drugs and the college experience. Students are able to relate to other college students' experiences while getting the facts on alcohol and other drug abuse. This site includes stories from students who have been affected by someone's drinking and other drug use and also gives tips on how to help a friend.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration works to discourage impaired driving through a three-pronged strategy: high-visibility law enforcement with supporting communication campaigns; enhanced prosecution and adjudication; and medical screening and brief intervention for alcohol abuse problems.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism houses information on alcohol research that is conducted nationwide. It includes a database with quick facts on alcohol related topics.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment and mental health services.