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Thursday, July 12, 2007

California State University’s Successful Alcohol Prevention Programs are Showcased at Board of Trustees Meeting
(July 10, 2007)

California State University’s Board of Trustees heard today the third biennial report on the CSU’s continuing efforts to educate and reduce alcohol-related problems throughout its 23-campus system. The report outlined the implementation efforts, progress and success of the trustees’ Alcohol Policy and Prevention Programs adopted in 2001.

The report showcased CSU campus reports on progress in implementing campus policies, enforcement, and education in addition to developing, implementing, and assessing alcohol prevention, training, intervention, and treatment programs. Highlights of the progress report include a documented trend toward less alcohol use among students, fewer alcohol-related incidents, and increased education programs.

The CSU’s alcohol policy is visionary and ambitious, and it has been called one of the most comprehensive in the country,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “For it to continue being a success, collaboration and cooperation among staff at the campus level, our public agency partners, and CSU students must continue and grow.”

Alcohol education and prevention programs currently being developed and implemented by CSU campuses are designed based on “guiding principles” and key recommendations adopted by the trustees. (The principles and recommendations may be found on p.16-17 of the Educational Policy Committee’s report. ) The programs address six areas: policies; enforcement and legal issues; education and prevention programs; training, intervention and treatment; assessment; and resources. These focus areas were also aligned with mission statements developed by each of the 23 CSU campuses to reduce alcohol abuse.
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