Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD)
The ATOD Program is committed to reducing the negative impact associated with substance abuse, while cultivating an environment in which MSU students can flourish personally, civically and academically. The services are guided by a belief that students are capable of making wise, well-informed decisions about alcohol and drugs when provided the information, education and support necessary to do so.
Campus Prevention Campaigns & Print MaterialThe Ducks! A Social Norms Campaign
The ATOD program coordinates a social norms campaign (also known as “The Ducks”) to promote a better understanding of alcohol use by the MSU student population and challenge the prevailing myths and misperceptions which often lead to higher risk consumption. To learn more about the campaign, become a Quack Pack member, or to arrange a “Duck Day” event in your hall, please contact Cara Ludlow by e-mail: Cara.email@example.com
Be Responsible About Drinking (B.R.A.D.)
The ATOD program, in partnership with the B.R.A.D. Foundation reaches out to every MSU student on their 21st birthday to wish them a happy, safe birthday and provide education about the risks associated with some of the more extreme 21st birthday celebration practices. In conjunction with the mailed birthday cards, the ATOD program has partnered with the Responsible Hospitality Council (RHC) of East Lansing to adopt best management practices to help safely manage 21st birthday celebrations that occur within local alcohol-serving establishments.
The ATOD program also provides interactive educational sessions for classroom infusion, the greek community, or as a sponsored event by a registered student organization. The primary emphasis of these presentations is on basic knowledge, harm reduction and risk management. The presentations are evaluated annually to ensure they consistently meet or exceed established benchmarks and desired outcomes.
Individual Consultation and Educational Counseling
The ATOD specialist will provide brief, individualized educational intervention and referral services to students who are concerned about their alcohol or drug use. There is no cost for this service and it does not count towards the student's 3 free visits to Olin Health Center. The specialist is also available as a consultant to parents, concerned friends, resident assistants and staff/faculty who may have concerns about a student's use. If you would like to formally refer a student for services, please refer to the following for guidance: MSU Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Education Program Referral Protocol.
The eCHECKUP TO GO(e-CHUG) is a personalized, evidence-based, online survey designed to assess individual drinking patterns and when indicated, motivate individuals to reduce their consumption using personalized information about their own drinking and risk factors.
Environmental Management and Community Partnership
The ATOD office works with community groups, student groups, city officials and campus decision-makers to advise on policies related to health and safety issues associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Additionally, data regarding student use of alcohol and other drugs is collected through the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), a survey that is administered every other year to track progress, and the results are made available to student groups, faculty, staff and community partners to assist in decision making, policy development and resource allocation. The program also conducts a survey as part of the social norms program to determine drinking patterns and norms during celebratory events. These data are used to inform the campaign messages and guide decisions regarding how best to manage and plan for key celebratory events.