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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT)

ADAPT is dedicated to addressing the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse in the University of Virginia community. As peer educators, we promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as accessible resources for our fellow students. Our primary purpose is to minimize the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in an effort to promote a healthier environment at our University.

Request a Presentation ADAPT members have been trained on a variety of topics relating to substance abuse and are familiar with additional resources available to U.Va. students. To schedule an educational program with ADAPT members you must submit complete and submit the program request form. Please note that the last day to submit a program request for the spring 2015 semester is APRIL 20.  If you have questions about your submission, please email the ADAPT program chair at

Download the brochure or browse this page to learn more about ADAPT!

Hoos Sober listserv

ADAPT coordinates a weekly e-mail to 1,500 subscribers that details activities that are not alcohol-based and that are open to the public.  To subscribe, send an e-mail to with the subject "subscribe hoos-sober."



See brief descriptions below or click on any program name in the box on the left for full details.

National GORDIEday / National Hazing Prevention Week

Every year during National Hazing Prevention Week, campuses across the country partcipate in this event. Past events have included a screening of HAZE: The Movie, a panel discussion, and a banner contest. This year, National GORDIEday will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2015



Safe Foxfield Races Campaign

Foxfield Education Program

Wednesday April 22 in Campbell 153 (A-School). Presentations are at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm and the presentations fulfill FOA requirements. Speakers include a representative of the Albemarle County Police Department, the Foxfield Racing Association, UVa Office of the Dean of Students and ADAPT. Door Prizes at each session are: 4 Foxfield tickets + parking pass, Foxfield bowtie and official Foxfield cooler!

Click HERE to download the Foxfield Catering Guide

Click HERE to download Foxfield Safety Tips


ADAPT Student Safety Tent

Saturday, April 25: The gates to Foxfield Spring Horse Races open at 9:00 AM, and the first race starts at 1:30 PM. Be sure to come to our Student Safety Tent throughout the day to get free food, water, and sunscreen! 

Savvy Fox Pledges

Stop by the Gordie Center (Lower level of Student Health) from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM on April 20-24 to sign a pledge to be a Savvy Fox and receive a FREE Country Club Prep Foxfield T-shirt.  Come while supplies last! 

You can also sign up at the ADAPT tables April 20-24 from 11am to 3pm at the Whispering Wall by Newcomb. 

2015 Savvy Fox Pledge

  • I promise not to drive after drinking at Foxfield, ride in a vehicle if the driver has been drinking, or let any friends get behind the wheel impaired.
  • If I drink, I will practice safer drinking habits by eating protein beforehand, consuming no more than one standard drink per hour and alternating with non-alcoholic beverages.
  • I will be an active bystander to keep my friends and others safe.
  • I will use the buddy system and make sure no one is left behind.


To see Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Lampkin's 2014 email to students regarding safety at the Foxfield Races - Click HERE

Halloween Awareness Campaign

 The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators plan a variety of educational programs to promote safe Halloween behaviors. 

Reverse Trick-or-Treating

ADAPT and One Less will be handing out free cups of Halloween candy to students!  The first 500 students who sign the pledge to be an active bystander this Halloween will receive a light-up wand.

  • Monday 10/27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in front of Student Health
  • Tuesday 10/28, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at O-Hill
  • Wednesday 10/29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Lawn
  • Thursday 10/305:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at O-Hill
  • Friday 10/31, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in front of Student Health

Take the Halloween Pledge:

On my honor, as a UVA student, I pledge to take care of my friends this Halloween by:

  • recognizing my role as a bystander and intervening where I can, but knowing my limits and getting help from others when necessary;   
  • knowing the PUBS signs of alcohol overdose;
  • keeping emergency numbers available and using them in an emergency situation;  
  • doing everything I can to make sure my friends get home safely;

Have a Safe Halloween!

  • Carry an ID
  • Stay with friends
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Eat before and while drinking
  • Set a drink limit and stick to it
  • Charge-a-Ride: (434) 295-4131


  • If you go to a party, go with a group of friends you know and trust and leave the party together.
  • Use caution if you choose to drink. Drinking alcoholic concoctions (for example, "Jungle Juice") can be dangerous since the alcohol content can vary widely and sweetened beverages can hide the taste of liquor. Never leave a drink unattended. 
  • Never leave a friend alone, especially if impaired, and do not hesitate to call 911 if medical attention is needed. Students will not face reprisal for seeking help.
  • Always carry a photo ID and a cellphone and make sure your friends do the same in case you become incapacitated for any reason.
  • Consider your costume, and avoid wearing one that does not allow you to see and move freely. Stop and make sure motorists see you before you cross the street. Be sure the material isn't flammable (and don't burn candles at gatherings - use flameless ones).
  • Some people with harmful intentions may take advantage of being unrecognizable in a Halloween costume. Stay in an environment where you can easily get help or move away from someone who is threatening your safety. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you need a ride home, call SafeRide (434.242.1122) or Yellow Cab (434.295.4131).

  Substance Abuse Prevention Week

In the weeks leading up to the last home football game at U.Va., ADAPT coordinates a number of events to prevention alcohol and other substance abuse and promote safe drinking habits among all students.

The first 500 fourth-year students who sign the I’ll Remember The Game pledge will receive a free long-sleeve tee and stadium cup. Pledge forms are available at all events and presentations, and at the Gordie Center (lower level of Student Health - 400 Brandon Ave.) November 18-21 between 9am-5pm.

Click HERE for the full schedule.








Safe Spring Break


Take ADAPT's Work Hard, Play Smart pledge by clicking HERE.



Safe Spring Break activities are designed to encourage students to stay safe and responsible during the break. ADAPT sponsors flyers, ads, and staffed awareness tables to distribute information and free Spring Break Kits. 

Tabling Schedule 2015


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March 4

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Newcomb 2nd floor

Newcomb 2nd Floor

Newcomb 2nd Floor


As an ADAPT peer educator, you can help promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as an accessible resource to other University students. ADAPT strives to alleviate some of the problems related to alcohol and drug use and abuse around Grounds through education programs and special events like Safe Spring Break and Substance Abuse Awareness Week. As a peer education group, we are looking for dedicated, responsible students who are passionate about the concern of alcohol and other drug abuse at U.Va. and who demonstrate a strong commitment to better our community.  Recruitment is held in the spring and consists of an application and interview.   Recruitment will take place in the spring of 2016.  Want to get on the list to receive information and an application? E-mail