Comprehensive Prevention Plan

Preventive Education

The goals of educational programming are to:

  • Increase students' knowledge regarding the effects and the potential safety, health, social, academic, and legal consequences of alcohol and other drug misuse
  • Increase awareness regarding the signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency
  • Assist students in evaluating their expectancies regarding and motivations for high-risk drinking and other drug use
  • Define and encourage low-risk, responsible drinking
  • Assist students in exploring alternatives to drinking
  • Assist students in knowing how to help a friend in trouble
  • Correct mis-perception regarding norms for alcohol use at UCF
  • Provide students with information about campus and community alcohol and other drug prevention, student assistance, and wellness and health promotion resources

Educational activities include:

  • Online Population Level Prevention Education for all FTIC and Transfer students
  • Experiential workshops
  • Information tables/Health Huts with interactive activities
  • Bulletin board displays / posters / pamphlets / promotional items
  • SIDNE: Simulated impaired driving experiences
  • Newspaper articles
  • Monthly Campus Alcohol Screenings
  • On-line educational resources e.g. websites and blogs as well as messaging through Facebook, twitter and Pinterest

Assessment & Evaluation

Assessment & Evaluation helps us define prevention strategies and determine successful approaches to decrease alcohol and other drug abuse on and around campus. Sources of assessment and evaluation data include:

  • The CORE survey is implemented annually to identify student perceptions, attitudes and behaviors relative to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and a variety of other substances.

  • The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment was administered in the Fall of 2012 to UCF students. This survey examines student attitudes, perceptions and behavior relative to alcohol and other drugs, stress, anxiety, depression, sexual behavior, suicidal ideation, violence and safety

  • Annual Environmental Audits to identify campus-wide efforts that support substance use education, assessment, early intervention

  • Alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention strategies utilized by the university are evaluated annually to determine effectiveness. Assessment results include:

Wellness Workshops and Motivation to Change Behavior

Students attending sexual health education workshops were questioned on changes in key factors effecting motivation to change behavior.

  • 72.1% of students who identified a need to make a behavioral change indicated the program caused them to feel the behavior change is more important.
  • 67% of students who identified a need to make a behavioral change indicated the program caused them to feel more confident in their ability to make the behavior change.
  • 65% of the students who identified a need to make a behavioral change indicated the program caused them to feel more ready to make the behavior change.

Effects of Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Training

  • 85% of students who participated in at least 4 sessions (mid-test), showed a decrease in the overall perceived stress scale measure. Mean for Pre-: 29, Mean for Mid-: 22 & Mean for Post-: 18
  • 95% of students completing the program evaluation indicated they had applied the newly learned techniques to cope with stress-related symptoms.
  • 43% of students reported an increase in frequency of successfully dealing with irritating life hassles.
  • To date, the Survey Team has implemented 14 surveys reaching 3718 students.

Of students participating in monthly optional alcohol screening:

  • 76% of students scoring in the moderate-risk range, reported an intentionto use a health protection strategy if they choose to consume alcohol in the future.

  • 59% of students scoring in the high-risk range reported an intention to use a health protection strategy if they choose to consume alcohol in the future

  • 60% of students scoring in the very high-risk range reported an intention to use a health protection strategy if they choose to consume alcohol in the future.

Of students referred to this office for alcohol use counseling:

  • Pre-to-post-intervention results indicated a 38% decrease in peak BAC from .08 to .05

  • Pre-to-post-intervention results indicated a 40% decrease in mean BAC from .05 to .03

  • From pre- to post-intervention, results showed a 26% increase in the use of health protective behaviors from 19.40 to 24.44.

Leadership and Environmental Management

Environmental Management emphasizes the importance of the social, legal, and economic environment in shaping health-related behaviors. Campus & Community Alliances bring together diverse individuals, agencies, and associations to collaborate and share responsibilities for developing communities and environments that encourage responsible, low-risk alcohol use.

Groups that address alcohol and other drug issues on campus and in the community include:

  • Orange County Coalition for A Drug-Free Community
  • UCF Healthy Knights 2020 Initiative
  • UCF Cares-Peer Advocacy
  • Underage Drinking Task Force

Policy Review

Policy Review insures that UCF has clear and appropriate guidelines for alcohol use that are widely disseminated and consistently enforced.

Late Knight Programming

Late Knights is a monthly event at the University of Central Florida providing free food, fun, games, giveaways and alcohol and drug-free activities for UCF students! The program has been a great success and continues to attract over 2000 students at each event.

Evaluation findings indicate that:

  • Attendees include a mix of high-risk drinkers, low-risk drinkers, and non-drinkers.
  • Students are pleased with the quality of events.
  • A third of students who attend report that they drink less than normal due to attending Late Night events.

Social Marketing

A variety of social marketing campaigns are developed and implemented to persuade campus community members to adopt behaviors conducive to health and safety. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Smoke-Free UCF
  • Do the Knight Thing: Party Smart

Assessment and Early Intervention

WHPS-Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention Services provides support services for students who experience physical, psychological, social, academic, and/or legal issues related to alcohol and other drug use. Services include:

  • Screening services are provided to all students during their first session with a trained clinical provider. The screening session is a confidential face-to-face session where the student completes a battery of screening questionnaires Once the screening is complete the clinical provider will determine an appropriate level of care based on the student’s individual needs.

Student Involvement

Students should be included in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating alcohol and drug prevention strategies. Faculty, staff, and others should empower and encourage students to become advocates for responsible alcohol use and should support student-led prevention initiatives.

Student involvement is facilitated through:

  • HLP 2701: Peer Education Training Course

    This three credit elective course is the foundation for Peer Advocate training. This course allows students to examine various theoretical models applicable to peer advocacy. Information on contemporary college health issues such as alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and diversity are discussed. Students explore ways to assist their peers with life skills development when dealing with these issues. Instruction is given on development and implementation of health promotion and peer advocacy skills, strategic planning, confidentiality, presentation skills, listening skills, assertion skills and group facilitation skills. Students have an opportunity to utilize these skills and knowledge to present valuable information and act as a resource and referral source to other peers on campus.

  • Wellness & Health Promotion Services Peer Advocates
  • Health Huts
  • Clinical training work group
  • HIV Testing

Faculty Involvement

Faculty can:

  • Incorporate alcohol and drug prevention education into the classroom
  • Serve as an important link to resources and services for students they believe are having difficulty with alcohol and other drugs
  • Provide expertise needed to develop effective alcohol and drug prevention programs

Faculty involvement has been promoted through:

  • UCF CARES: A new program aimed at helping staff and faculty recognize and respond appropriately to students perceived to be struggling with AOD related issues.
  • Curriculum Infusion: Alcohol education around expectancies and social norms is facilitated in freshman academic success classes