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Miami receives Drug-free Schools grant


Miami University is one of 14 universities and community-based organizations awarded a grant from the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools' Grant Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior Among College Students.

Miami will receive $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to implement its proposal over the next two years.

The 14 funded programs were selected from a pool of 159 proposals reviewed by 14 panels of peer reviewers. The University of Arizona, George Mason, Gonzaga and Harvard universities were among institutions funded.

Miami’s Division of Student Affairs -specifically its offices of judicial affairs, health education, orientation, and residence life - will work with the department of physical education, health and sport studies to implement the proposed initiatives. Project director is Karen Murray, director of health education; co-directors are Susan Vaughn, director of judicial affairs, and Keith Zullig, assistant professor in physical education, health and sport studies.

Miami’s office of health education has worked with the Coalition for a Healthy Community for six years to design and support non-drinking alternatives for students and to encourage them through a social norms campaign to make wise decisions about drinking. This project’s goal is to reduce high-risk drinking specifically among first-year students.

The evaluation design includes considering changes in the individual-level knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors; decreases in overall quantity and frequency of high-risk drinking; and changes in the number of alcohol-related incidents/problems reported to the office of judicial affairs.

The project design specifies strategies for first-year students and other students and organizations that make alcohol accessible to first-year students. In addition, plans are in place to provide parents with alcohol education materials during move-in and Parents’ Weekend and to involve parents in the reduction of high-risk alcohol use and other health issues.


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