In 2009, the Alcohol Harm Reduction Advisory Committee (AHRC) was created by the UI Vice President for Student Life. The AHRC is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students, that advises the Vice President for Student Life on a comprehensive and research-based plan to create conditions on our campus which decrease high-risk drinking and the related harmful consequences.  A campus-community partnership was also created between the University of Iowa campus and the City of Iowa City, called the Partnership for Alcohol Safety.  

The UI Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan contains multiple, mutually reinforcing, and research-based strategies. The tactics in our plan are grounded in the best available research on student success and effective strategies to reduce high-risk drinking on college campuses. Recognizing that not all students drink and of those who do, not all do so in a high-risk way, the goals of our plan address the needs of all students including those who don’t drink, those who have experienced a problem as a result of their drinking, and everyone in between.

The University of Iowa’s continued commitment to creating a culture that encourages healthy behaviors and fosters student success is evident with the roll-out of the 4th Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan – 2019-2022.

Statistics

Statistics in blue represent the national average.

Undergraduate Students 2009 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Percent of students engaging in high-risk drinking past two weeks 70.3%
(N/A)
64.5%
(34.1%)
58.7%
(33.8%)
54.1%
(36.1%)
54.2%
(33.2%)
50.9%
(32.6%)
50.5%
(33.1%)
49.6%
(28.3%)
47.7
(N/A)
Average number of drinks per occasion 7.43 6.39 5.92 5.53 5.77 5.30 5.43 5.29 5.21
Percent of students drinking 10 or more days per month 34%
(N/A)
30.4%
(15.9%)
27.4%
(14.3%)
25.0%
(15.3%)
26.1%
(13.5%)
23.2%
(13.6%)
19.0%
(13.6%)
22.7%
(11.7%)
18.1%
(N/A)
Percent of high-risk drinkers also engaging in marijuana use (30-day prevalence)                 46.8%

Graduate Students 2019

Percent of students engaging in high-risk drinking past two weeks

21.6%

Average number of drinks per occasion

2.76

Percent of students drinking 10 or more days per month

19.2%

Percent of students engaging in high-risk drinking and marijuana use (30-day prevalence)

23.4%

Goal 1: Increase perception of the UI as dedicated to promoting well-being and safety as values to prospective students and families

Priority 1.1

Counter unhealthy expectancies about the role of alcohol in college life for students, parents, and alumni

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 1.2

Create parent messaging around how the parent experience is not the same Iowa experience students have now 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 1.3

Link safety = responsibility and care (safety relates to drinking)

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 1.4

Showcase campus features as engagement opportunities

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  • No updates at this time.

Priority 1.5

Promote healthy student traditions through student activities

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Goal 2: More students remain low-risk drinkers/abstainers at UI

Priority 2.1

Explore and develop intentional ways to connect non-drinkers, particularly in the residence halls 

Updates

  • Incorporating alcohol conversations into the RA Hawk Talks for the 2019 October-December session

Priority 2.2

Continue on and off-campus collaboration opportunities, including late night programming

Updates

  • Established a partnership with Graduate Iowa City Hotel to offer Coffee House series and Graduate Comedy Series - 2018-2021

Priority 2.3

Expand evidence-based interventions with Fraternity and Sorority Life members at all years

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 2.4

Incorporate question(s) and/or discussion regarding substance use during RA meetings with each of their residents

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 2.5

Explore the possibility of e-sports (e.g., provide space for e-sports, competitions, etc.)

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 2.6

Explore options and interest in substance-free floor(s) in the residence halls, which would include a signed commitment to be substance-free

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 2.7

Provide evidence-based policy advice re: Athletics venues and practices

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Goal 3: More high-risk drinkers lower their drinking while at UI

Priority 3.1

Continue and expand late night programming offered Thursday-Saturday nights and promote collaboration among UI departments, including large-scale events

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.2

Create a sustainable structure for increasing accountability for students in Fraternity and Sorority Life 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.3

Explore Resiliency-based strategies and leverage mental health & substance abuse connection

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.4

Expand “Hawks Help Hawks” concept and include helping skills, and normalizing help-seeking for broad base of students - link with safety and responsibility

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.5

Athletics program focused on effects of alcohol on body and “tough discussions” and self-assessment holistically 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.6

Require Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) for Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) chapter presidents and advisors

Updates

  • Student Wellness provides yearly ASTP training for newly elected executive council members 

Priority 3.7

Celebrate success stories of high-risk drinkers who lowered their risk to promote safety and support Campus Recovery Program (CRP)

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.8

Expand FSL scorecard initiative as a pilot to other student organizations and activities 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.9

Identify programming needs for graduate and professional students

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.10

Explore opportunities to collaborate with Addiction Medicine, Public Health, and other academic programs

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.11

Address polydrug use and communications campaign aimed at specific drugs

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.12

Implement population-segmented communication campaigns about alcohol & other drugs

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.13

Explore more ways to involve faculty and staff, including relationship-rich interventions such as mentoring

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 3.14

Develop and disseminate a clear process for identifying high-risk drinkers and targeting interactions for faculty/staff.

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Goal 4: Foster a culture of care, integrity and compliance

Priority 4.1

Increase competency of bystanders to safely intervene (think more broadly about intervening for safety in general) through the creation of intentional, coordinated and collaborative alcohol and trauma-informed sexual assault programming

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.2

Explore hazing prevention practices

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.3

Work collaboratively with Partnership for Alcohol Safety (PAS), Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD), and other partner organizations.

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.4

Raise awareness among community members about the risk of alcohol being used as a weapon to commit sexual assault

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.5

Continue graduated sanctions plan for FSL whose chapters are above the all-female/all-male average rate for arrest and citations

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.6

Collaborate with ICDD to identify business partners and venues to expand Late Night Programming downtown

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.7

Expand accountability structure for all student organizations to create a culture of care, integrity and compliance

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.8

Require Bystander Intervention of leadership for all student orgs

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.9

Expand reach to businesses outside downtown to advocate for healthier messaging 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.10

Investigate extent of alcohol-related Code of Student Life infractions within student organizations

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.11

Revise policies to increase accountability for alcohol-related infractions within student organizations

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.12

Continue to monitor off-campus violations

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.13

Require FSL Housing be substance free or at least alcohol free

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.14

Identify individual and community strategies to increase accountability for community expectations

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 4.15

Leverage collaborative relationships with Panhellenic Council and Interfraternal Council national organizations and chapter headquarters

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Goal 5: Institutionalize Commitment to harm reduction

Priority 5.1

Include harm reduction education in masculinity/men groups: Hawkeye Life Health & Well-being

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.2

Implement a communication plan (including website) for AHR plans, strategies, and ways campus can support plan

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.3

Add education to Faculty/Staff Orientation

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.4

Conduct a Campus Conversation around creating a culture of well-being and what is currently getting in the way of achieving our goals

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.5

Increase the number of staff focused on harm reduction efforts

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.6

Provide education for UISG, GPSG and GSS

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.7

Implement ongoing structure of a FSL subcommittee reporting to AHR committee and leadership each semester

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.8

Explore strategies to engage academic community in dialogue on harm reduction 

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.9

Leverage Big 10 Presidents to amplify Big 10 voices for collective change

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.10

Alcohol Harm Reduction Advisory Committee participate in Faculty/Staff Health Fair

Updates

  • No updates at this time.

Priority 5.11

Review and align policies to support institutional goals regarding harm reduction

Updates

  • No updates at this time.