Alcohol, drugs, and sex are a part of college life for many students. These aspects of the college experience have been lauded for decades in popular media and are often thought of as the norm for all students. In fact, many students choose to abstain from alcohol, drugs, and sex, which amounts to just as much of a meaningful and “typical” college experience. Regardless of whether or not students engage in alcohol, drugs, and sex, it is imperative that they understand the legal, social, and ethical consequences of their choices and actions. Likewise, students need to be taught the importance of watching out for each other and intervening with peers when they are in danger of drinking too much, being sexually assaulted or sexually assaulting others, and making other problematic decisions. The purpose of this unit is to equip students with some basic skills for making healthy personal choices around alcohol, drugs, and sex, as well as supporting their friends in doing the same.
After completing this module, you should be able to ...
- Describe campus policies and local laws regarding alcohol and drugs.
- Identify legal, social, and ethical consequences of engaging in alcohol use, drug use, and sexual activity in college.
- Define Title IX as it pertains to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex-based discrimination.
- Describe three ways in which they can act as effective bystanders when peers are engaged in problematic behavior related to alcohol, drugs, and sex.
Preparation for Class
Please prepare for class by doing the following PRIOR to class.
- Read “Healthy Abstainer Profile”
- Read “Healthy Drinker Profile”
- Read “What’s Your Degree Worth”
- Watch “What is Title IX”
- Read Title IX Resources at Northland with special attention to “Consent” and “Services and Resources”
We will do the following during class.
- MEET IN THE ALVORD FOR THE FIRST HOUR
- Alcohol Use Assessment
- Bystander Scenarios Activity
- What Path Will You Choose?
After Class Assignment
You should complete the following to hand in at the beginning of the next class period.
- Attend a campus or community event or activity and complete this reflection. Due on or before 3-Oct.
- Continue to reflect on your time management, allocation, and useage.
- Do class preparation for next module.