Brown's alcohol policies and programs are intended to further the educational mission of the University. The University is committed to fostering an environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge and nurtures the growth of the individual; encourages and sustains an academic environment that respects individual freedom; and promotes the health, safety, and welfare of all members of its community.
In keeping with these principles and with federal, state, and local laws, the University‘s policies and programs related to alcohol use emphasize individual and shared responsibility, healthy and informed decision-making, the maintenance of a caring environment, and promotion of genuine dialogue.
Brown's educational approach to alcohol is grounded in a harm-reduction model, which works to limit the use of and risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. Combining education, environmental approaches, and policy, we help students recognize that:
- There are risks involved with any drug use, including alcohol;
- Many students on campus do not drink alcohol or use other drugs;
- Actual student drinking or other drug use is lower than many students perceive it to be;
- Alcohol or other drug use is not simply personal behavior, but also affects the community;
- Individuals can make safer choices with more accurate information;
- Help is available, and it is important to take care of one another.
- The Office of Health Education provides campus education and programs about alcohol, as well as free, confidential appointments for students concerned their own or others' use of alcohol or other drugs.
- The Bruce Donovan Dean of Chemical Dependency, Kathleen McSharry, provides support in non-clinical settings for Brown students affected by alcohol or drug abuse.
- The Early Sobriety Group is a weekly one-hour meeting for Brown students.