Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies
The University of Maine views alcohol and substance abuse as a serious problem. In compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act, the University publishes and distributes annually a booklet which informs all students and employees of UMaine’s substance abuse policy, sanctions for violation of the policy, and state and federal alcohol and drug laws, offenses and sanctions. The use of illegal substances and under-age drinking at the University of Maine is prohibited. The violation of State drinking laws and the use, sale or possession of illegal drugs are strictly enforced in accordance with Federal and State Law.
For a copy of the booklet Information About Alcohol and Drugs For Students and Employees of the University of Maine System, please contact Student Wellness Resource Center, 235 Memorial Union, 581-1423, or the Office of Human Resources, 581-1581.
The goals/objectives of the UMaine Student Wellness Resource Center (formerly Alcohol and Drug Education Programs) are consistent with those recommended and/or required by NIAAA, SAMHSA, the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act, and the Higher Education Act. These programs are annually assessed externally by the Maine State Office of Substance Abuse through that office’s Higher Education Alcohol Abuse Prevention Partnership to help assure that standards of alcohol abuse prevention and education, and enforcement and intervention are being met and/or exceeded.
The Student Wellness Resource Center works to meet its goals and obligations through individual and group campus-wide education and prevention programs for students, staff and faculty. Individual screenings and brief interventions are done for students. The two full-time professionals, graduate assistant, and undergraduate student staff also provide programs to eighteen residence halls, 19 fraternities and sororities, 17 athletic teams, first-year student seminar classes, and other academic classes. In addition, they provide training and education to Student Affairs staff, Community/Asst. Community Coordinators (similar to resident directors), resident assistants (RAs), orientation leaders, Counseling Center staff, student health center staff, and other academic and non-academic departments as requested.
Programs and events are also scheduled to support and recognize all major awareness weeks throughout the year to include: Safety Week, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, the Great American Smoke-Out, Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month, National Hazing Prevention Week, and other similar topics. Also annually in November data are collected on college student perceptions and use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.