Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Educational Services

Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Educational Services

Stay Safe This Spring Break!

Are you looking to jet off to somewhere tropical, road trip down south with friends, or just looking to take a break from the stress of classes? Spring break 2019 is upon us and while many are looking to soak up vitamin D and spend time with friends, it is also crucial to think about your safety while on spring break. If you choose to travel for spring break, here are just a few tips to ponder before you pack your bags and put your feet in the sand: 

  • Travel with friends that have your best intention in mind
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert
  • Utilize the buddy system
  • Make sure your phone is always charged
  • Download Uber/Lyft before you go
  • Have a plan to set a limit on number of drinks

Choosing not to drink this spring break? You are not alone! In fact, 1 in 3 UNI students choose not to drink alcohol (ACHA-NCHA, 2017). For ideas to have fun without alcohol, click here

Have Fun Without Drinking Panthers Protect Know the Signs Help a Friend or Yourself
Stay in Your Sweet Spot Panthers Play it Safe Get a Ride if You Choose to Drink How Much is Too Much?

Do It 4 You Social Norms Campaign 

Student Wellness Services developed an alcohol and other drug social norms campaign based on data from the Spring 2017 UNI National College Health Assessment. The data shows that many UNI Students greatly overestimate the amount of high-risk drinking or drug use that occurs at UNI. Contrary to this belief, our data shows that many UNI students are making responsible and healthy choices related to alcohol and other drugs.

We are seeking to provide students with an accurate picture of alcohol and other drug use on campus in effort to influence healthy behaviours and reduce substance abuse at UNI. For questions or to learn more about the campaign, email 

1 in 3 UNI students choose NOT to drink 9 out of 10 UNI students have NOT used prescription stimulants 8 out of 10 UNI students have NEVER used e-cigarettes 8 out of 10 UNI students do NOT drive after drinking

Panthers Look Out for Each Other The Majority of Panthers Consumed 4 or Fewer Drinks 8 out of 10 UNI students eat before and/or during drinking 7 out of 10 UNI students have NEVER tried marijuana 

The University of Northern Iowa adheres to the laws of the state of Iowa, and strives to create an environment that supports healthy decisions and lifestyles. While the use of illegal drugs is prohibited, the University acknowledges and respects the rights of individuals to use alcohol in a legal and responsible manner, just as it acknowledges and respects the rights of individuals who choose not to use alcohol. Although the moderate consumption of alcohol may be an acceptable part of certain social activities, alcohol and drug abuse interferes with the ability of the University to achieve its mission and can adversely affect individuals, the university, and the larger community. For more information on UNI's alcohol policy

Student Wellness Services provides alcohol and other drug (AOD) preventative and educational services on campus. Services include:

  • Educational presentations and prevention programming for students
  • Collaboration with Public Safety, Department of Residence staff, UNI Athletics and other on-campus departments to provide AOD training/programming 
  • Consultation and referral services for students
  • Screening and brief intervention for alcohol and marijuana (BASICS and eMarijuana CheckupToGo individual sessions)

For more information, contact Shawna Haislet, Health Promotion Coordinator at or call (319) 273-6119.