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Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Here To Support You!

Alcohol and drugs are a part of the social landscape at SUNY Oswego. For some people it's a welcome part of college life. For others, it's overwhelming and scary to see the things that students can get involved in. Our program supports students through education, counseling, and implementing prevention programs on campus.

AOD Programs

We have courses focusing on alcohol and drug education along with extracurricular programs. These resources help to increase awareness of AOD use, choices, and consequences. For questions or to request a training, email [email protected].

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Open Mic Nights

Join us at Penfield Library's Lake Effect Café for performances including music, comedy, poetry, and more! Popcorn and hot coffee served. Follow @OzPeerEds on Instagram for information on programs and events.

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Advocate. Educate. And Support.

Recovery Ally Training

For individuals who want to be an ally for those in recovery from substance use and/or live in recovery themselves. Participants will gain a better understanding of what recovery means and how they can best be an ally to help those in need.

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Save A Life!

Naloxone Training

Learn how to use Naloxone through our in-person training. NARCAN® Nasal Spray is an FDA-approved nasal formulation of naloxone to treat known or suspected opioid overdose.  NARCAN® Nasal Spray is needle-free and ready to use. 

Want To Collab?

To request beer goggles or educational materials, please fill out the google form provided. Please remember to specify the type of materials you need, and the amount for each item requested.

AOD Material Requests

Online AOD Intervention

These online courses strive to reinforce healthy decisions and promote positive attitudes and behaviors.

eCheckup To Go!

Are you interested in learning more about your alcohol, cannabis or nicotine use? Both are online, anonymous surveys about your substance use. You will get personalized feedback about your alcohol and marijuana use. This program aims to motivate individuals to reduce their consumption.

Alcohol Edu

An online alcohol education course required for all first-year students at SUNY Oswego. AlcoholEDU incorporates evidence-based methods to empower students to make well-informed decisions that will contribute to a safe campus environment for all. The course must be completed on a computer, iPad, tablet or phone with access to the internet and audio capabilities.

AlcoholEDU Part 2 will be sent approximately 30 days after part one, and takes about 2 minutes to complete

Frequently Asked Questions:

Accessing AlcoholEDU

Step 1: You will receive notification of your Alcohol EDU assignment in your college email. It will come from SUNY Oswego with the subject line “Vector LMS, Higher Education Student Online Training”

Step 2: Open the email.  In the email subject will be your unique username.  You will need this user name for your login.  Click the link in the email to begin your course.  To access the login page for AlcoholEDU

Step 3: Complete the course.  It takes about 90 minutes to complete.  You can complete at your own pace and can save your progress and come back later.  You will need to score at least a 70% on the quiz.  

Step 4: Once you’ve completed the course, please take a screenshot of your certificate and upload it on Brightspace. 

Who is required to take the course?

All incoming students (first year and transfer students) need to complete AlcoholEdu.

How long does it take?

The course takes about 90 minutes to complete. You do not have to complete it all in one session.  You can save your progress and come back later.  Part 2 (which is set 30 days after part 1, takes about 2-3 minutes.

Are my answers private and confidential?

Yes, all survey responses are strictly confidential. SUNY Oswego will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual student answers. You can feel confident that providing truthful answers—no matter what they are—will not put you at any risk for repercussions.

What if I do not pass the exam?

All students must earn a grade of 70% or higher in the exam to successfully complete Part 1. If a student fails the exam they will have another option to complete the quiz. Students may complete the course as many times as needed to pass the final exam.

What is the deadline for completion?

The deadline to complete Part 1 of the course is the first day of classes. (August 28th, 2023). Part 2 is due approximately 30 days after completion of Part 1.

I am having issues with the course, what should I do?

•Try an alternate browser. Chrome or Firefox is preferred over Internet Explorer or other web browsers.Refresh the screen 2 to 3 times from within the course. 

•Close all browser windows, and try logging into the course again. 

•If you are still experiencing technical difficulties with the course, please reach out to Vector Solutions directly at Vector Solutions

What if I have non-technical questions about the course?

We recommend you contact [email protected] for any questions NOT related to technical assistance.  It can take up to 2 business days for a response. Please do not contact the Orientation office for AlcoholEDU related questions.   If you are having course access issues, please see the question above.

I’m already 21, do I have to take the course?

If you are a new incoming undergraduate (first-year or transfer) you are expected to complete the course.

What if I don't complete the course?

If you do not complete this requirement, you may not be able to register for future classes.

In-Person AOD Intervention Programs

Inspiring students to make healthier decisions related to alcohol and drug use.


  • Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a two-session one on one assessment created for college students. Developed at the University of Washington, BASICS has been found to reduce negative consequences resulting from drinking, as well as alcohol consumption rates.
  • Many students will need to complete BASICS as part of a student conduct sanction.  The cost of the program is $80. If you would like to schedule a BASICS assessment, and not as part of a student conduct sanction, there is no charge.

Additional Information

Statement In Support For a Drug Free Campus

The State University of New York at Oswego recognizes that the abuse of alcohol and/or illegal possession or use of other drugs adversely affects the pursuit of its educational objectives. The College is committed to providing a safe and comfortable educational environment for all members of the College community. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs adversely affects the user as well as others who live and work in the same environment. It is a fact demonstrated through both national and local data that the use of alcohol and other drugs inhibits performance and adversely affects health, safety, and the campus environment. 

It is the responsibility of the College to uphold the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Therefore, all members of our campus community are hereby notified that the abuse of alcohol, the unlawful sale, possession, or distribution of alcohol, and/or the unlawful sale, possession, distribution or manufacture of LSD and other hallucinogens, marijuana, hashish, cocaine, peyote, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, and other controlled substances, except under legal medical prescription, is prohibited on and off College premises, at College sponsored events, or at events sponsored by student organizations or student groups. 

Students and employees who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from the College and/ or termination of employment. Student groups or organizations found to have violated this policy will be subject to sanctions up to and including loss of privileges for using the grounds and facilities of the College to advertise, recruit, and conduct activities. In efforts to establish and maintain a drug-free workplace and campus community, the College will provide ongoing alcohol and other drug awareness educational programs and disseminate information about alcohol and other drug use. All students and employees will receive a statement of this policy annually. 

Any SUNY Oswego employee who is convicted of a criminal drug or alcohol statute violation must notify his/her supervisor of the conviction within five days after the conviction. As required by the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the College must inform contracting or granting agencies of such convictions within ten days after receiving notification from the employee or otherwise receiving notice of a conviction. Any employee found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to corrective action. Questions about this Drug-Free Workplace policy should be referred to the Director of Human Resources, 201 Culkin Hall, (315) 312-2230.

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AOD Emergencies

An overdose occurs when a toxic amount of a drug/medicine is taken. Many substances can cause harm when too much is taken, including alcohol, prescription/OTC medications, illegal drugs, and some herbal remedies. Risk of overdose is increased when more than one drug is taken at the same time, or the person is not used to taking a certain drug.

An overdose is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. ALWAYS call 911 if a drug overdose/alcohol poisoning is suspected

What should I do if a friend had too much to drink?

Call 911. Alcohol poisoning can lead to death. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning using C.U.P.S:

  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Unresponsive
  • Puking
  • Slow breathing

Don’t leave them to “sleep it off”

  • Call 911 or SAVAC
  • Try to wake the person
  • Don't leave them alone
  • Roll them on their side to avoid choking from vomit

What should I do if I think my friend has overdosed?

A wide range of signs and symptoms can occur when a person overdoses, and everyone responds differently. Signs and symptoms depends on a variety of factors such as which drug was taken, the amount taken, and the person's state of health at the time. Do not put your own safety in danger. Some drugs can cause a person to lash out in unpredictable manners, it is not safe to try to reason with a person who has overdosed. Call a medical professional right away.

  • Call 911 or SAVAC right away
  • Don't give them anything to eat or drink
  • Don't leave them alone
  • Don't put them in a shower
  • Don't let them sleep
  • Don't make them throw up
  • Don't leave them to "sleep it off"
  • Get information
Good Samaritan Policy

Under the Good Samaritan Policy the victim or the witness is not subject to formal disciplinary actions with the college. SUNY Oswego encourages a witness or a victim of an AOD related emergency to seek medical assistance right away.

Drug Disposal Locations

Oswego Hospital
110 W. 6th St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Oswego Police Department
169 W. 2nd St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Kinney Drugs
174 W. Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Fulton Police Department
141 S 1st St.
Fulton, NY 13069

AOD Resources

Important Numbers

  • New York State HOPEline (24/7): 1-877-846-7369 or text: 467369. Toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
  • Drug Task Force: 1-888-511-8997
  • SAVAC: 315-312-4003
  • Emergencies: 911 or Campus Police at 315-312-5555

On-Campus Resources

Community Resources

A Parent's Guide to Open Dialogues About Alcohol With Your College Student

Alcohol is the most misused and misunderstood drug in our society. Although college-age students are under the legal age for drinking alcohol, it is important to remember that alcohol is the most widely used drug by this age group. One of the results of the misuse of alcohol in this age group is binge drinking. Sure, we have all heard about “frat parties” and crazy spring break trips and assume that these are just another part of the college experience. Although part of the college experience, binge drinking has been consistently associated with higher incidences of unplanned sexual activity, sexual and physical assaults, date rape, injuries, trouble with campus and local police, and alcohol-related driving injuries and fatalities. For example, consider this account from a college freshman:

“My friend had a drinking contest with her boyfriend. They each had five shots of Wild Turkey, two beers, and then started
a ‘power hour’ or ‘century’ - one shot of beer per minute for 60 minutes. My friend began falling down and looked ill. She laid down to go to sleep and began throwing up for two hours straight. She rolled over and almost choked on her vomit.”

This account from a college student is more common than you may believe. Episodes such as this can be avoided through parents helping their students as they attend college. Time and time again we have heard some parents say, “There is just no use – they will do what they want anyway and don’t care what we say.” This grossly underestimates the influence that parents can have – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Families are quite different from one another and we have written this handbook to reach a wide audience. Consequently, there may be some sections of the handbook that you can relate to better than others. This is okay. Not all families are the same and we tried to respect those differences. By reading this handbook and talking with your son or daughter, you have the opportunity to reduce the likelihood he or she will experience the negative consequences associated with binge drinking...


A Parent's Guide to Open Dialogues About Alcohol With Your College Student

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Oswego, NY 13126


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[email protected]


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