Gordie Center

for Substance Abuse Prevention

Reports & Publications

University of Virginia Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Education & Intervention Programs

Click on the link above to see a current listing of U.Va. programs.

University of Virginia, Biennial Report (2014-2016)

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires institutions of higher education to prepare a biennial review report on the effectiveness of its alcohol and other drug (AOD) programs and the consistency of policy enforcement.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Descriptions of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) program elements
  • Statement of AOD program goals and a discussion of goal achievement
  • Summaries of AOD program strengths and weaknesses
  • Procedures for distributing AOD policy to students and employees
  • Content of the policies distributed to students and employees
  • Recommendations for revising AOD programs

To download a PDF of previous reports, click on the dates below:

U.Va. students: Is everybody drinking?

The Gordie Center offers this session during summer orientation.  Parents can share their opinions using anonymous, interactive audience response "clickers" (like the ones on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?") and learn to distinguish fact from myth. The program provides information on healthy student behaviors, U.Va. resources and ways parents can support University efforts to promote health-enhancing choices. Click HERE to see our presentation on U.Va. student behaviors, U.Va. policies and tips for students and parents.

The ADAPT Program  "I Know What You Did Last Night...But Do You?"

was featured in the BACCHUS Network's National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Resource Guide and Planning Manual. Learn More

Give Your Peer Educators Some Credit

Presented at the 2008 Student Success in Virginia Conference. This session discusses the process used to create a credit-bearing training course for students selected to become alcohol peer educators. The presentation addresses the teaching methods and tools utilized in the peer alcohol education class including class projects and assisgnments, experiential learning activities, resource materials and evaluation methods.

Medical Amnesty Policy Survey Results

In the fall of 2007 a Medical Amnesty Survey was developed and implemented as an independent project for the Gordie Center for Alcohol and Substance Education (Gordie CASE). An on-line search was conducted to discover which colleges and universities had implemented medical amnesty policies. After creating a matrix of common medical amnesty policy elements, a survey using a web-based survey platform was created. This report describes the survey goals and results in detail. For the purposes of this survey, a “medical amnesty policy” was defined as a policy which provides some level of immunity from campus disciplinary action in situations of a medical emergency related to alcohol use.

Faculty and TA Survey on Student Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

In November 2004, staff in the UVA Center for Survey Research conducted the UVA Faculty and Teaching Assistant (TA) Survey on Student Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs on behalf of the UVA Alcohol Advisory Committee. The goal of the survey was to learn how to engage faculty and TAs in substance abuse prevention and intervention efforts.

The results indicate that most faculty and teaching assistants:

  • believe institutions of higher education should be involved in alcohol abuse prevention efforts;
  • engage in intervention when appropriate; and
  • agreed it would be helpful to learn more information regarding identification of problematic alcohol use among students.

In addition, many faculty and TAs want to learn more about prevention efforts, intervention with students, and ways to incorporate alcohol and other drug education into the classroom.


Foster, H.A., Bass, E.J., Bruce, S.E.  (2011) Are Students Drinking Hand over Fifth?  Understanding Participant Demographics in Order to Curb a Dangerous Practice.  Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education. Volume 55, No. 3.

Bruce, S., & Keller, A. (2007). Applying social norms theory within affiliation groups: Promising interventions for high-risk drinking. NASPA Journal, 44(1), 101-122.