California Higher Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference

Best Practices

San JoseSan José State University

San José State’s Peer Health Educators (PHE) program, specializing in Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drugs, continues to be a strong force in providing alcohol education across campus. The PHE program currently has 35 students who are nationally certified as Peer Educators. PHEs lead workshops and educational events for students throughout campus, reaching an average of 11,000 students a year.

Another successful aspect of SJSU’s alcohol education is the collaboration between the Student Health Center, Counseling Services, and the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. These three departments have partnered to provide a thorough and comprehensive Alcohol Sanctions class for students in violation of the campus alcohol policy. This two-hour class is taught jointly by a counselor and a Wellness and Health Promotion Coordinator. Students leave the class knowing the signs of alcohol poisoning, what a standard drink size is, how to calculate BAC, protective strategies, and resources for sexual assault.

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