The SIUE Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Task Force promotes campus wide efforts to address unhealthy and unlawful alcohol and drug use through awareness, prevention and access to services. The Task Force addresses mandates given through the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), which outlines requirements for institutions of higher education to receive federal funds or any other type of assistance. The task force is comprised of individuals from various University departments and collaborates with community agencies to coordinate efforts aimed at decreasing the preventable negative impact of alcohol/drug use on students and enhance their quality of life. The task force also works to assess University prevention and intervention policies and procedures to assist in coordinating and promoting effective efforts. The task force is dedicated to establish a culture that does not tolerate the unhealthy and unlawful use of alcohol and that creates an environment of personal responsibility, respect for the safety and well-being of others, and a healthy society.
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Alcohol Awareness week takes place in October every year to accordance with the National and Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Events in the past have included a DUI Simulator ( PEERS) in which students sign a pledge to not drive intoxicated and use the simulator; an alcohol and nutritirion table in which students are given information regarding calories and alcohol consumption, as well as safety tips for drinking; "Mocktails" in which a table is set up for students to drink without the use of alcohol; handouts regarding sexual violence/alcohol statistics and tips to drinking safely.; "Fatal Vision," in which students play Wii games while being impaired with Fatal Vision Goggles, as well as jouste in an inflatable jousting arena with a partner; meet with an officer to experience a mock sobriety test and learn about Illinois drinking and driving laws.
Above Left: Students wear Fatal Vision Goggles and learn how impairment affects their ability to drive (virtually). Above Right: An SIUE officer conducts sobriety tests with students wearing Fatal Vision Goggles.
The SIUE Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Task Force is committed to the belief that all people have the right to live free of violence and the fear of violence. This task force provides education about sexual assault, social justice and other related issues in order to raise awareness and promote a nonviolent campus community. The task force also supports the rights of survivors of sexual violence through coordination and promotion of effective administrative, legal, and medical responses.The task force is comprised of individuals from various University departments as well as student groups. There is also frequent collaboration with community agencies in order to develop, communicate and implement strategies for sexual violence prevention and the eradication of sexual violence.
Currently, the SIUE Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Task Force holds an annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week in April, which has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. Other events are planned periodically throughout the academic year.
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Above Left: Counseling Services information table in the Goshen Lounge of the MUC for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Above Right: T-shirt created by an SIUE student and displayed as part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Clothesline Project. For more information visit theclotheslineproject.org.
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Above: Equipment used by the SIUE Police Department to provide a Rape
Aggression Defense (RAD) demonstration during Sexual Assault Awareness
Week. For more information about upcoming RAD trainings, please contact
the SIUE Police Department at (618) 650-3324.
Counseling Services provides education, information, advocacy, and support for issues concerning sexual assault. Programs include:
If you are 18 years of age or older, a survivor of sexual violence, and would like to join the Survivors of Silence Sexual Violence Support Group, please contact Megan Denton, M.A., L.C.P.C., Group Facilitator, at (618)650-2842, to schedule a required group screening appointment.
For more information about the SIUE Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness & Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Task Force, please contact Ashley Whiteside, Task Force Coordinator, at (618)650-2842.