All institutions of higher education are required by federal law to conduct a biennial review of campus alcohol and other drug programs and policies.
The 2010 Biennial Review Committee was comprised of faculty, staff and students who met from June-August 2010 to conduct the federally required biennial review.
The committee determined that the University of Michigan is in compliance with federal requirements for the University of Michigan Alcohol and Other Drug Policy for Students, Faculty and Staff. The policy document is annually distributed electronically to every student, faculty and staff member and is also included in the Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report.
The committee unanimously endorsed inclusion of language addressing the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and several other minor revisions to the Program Description section.
The committee also reviewed the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program (AODPP) for program effectiveness and identified strengths and weaknesses in program components. The major strength identified is that the AODPP coordinates a comprehensive program that includes evidenced- based strategies that address individual, group, institution and community level issues. The major weaknesses identified are: the challenges of working in a decentralized environment and the continuing challenges of working towards culture change with at risk populations (Greeks, first year students, fan behavior, etc.).
Recommendations for continued improvement include:
- Develop streamlined protocol for data collection (that includes faculty, staff and students).
- Research feasibility of utilizing new student incident database (Advocate by Symplicity) to track and review alcohol and other drug related violations from various campus departments.
- Meet with staff from Human Resources to develop tracking system for faculty and staff violations.
- Support the adoption of a Standard Practice Guide (SPG) related to Alcohol and Other Drugs.
For a complete report or more information, please contact Wolverine Wellness at ContactUHS@umich.edu or 734-763-1320.
See a list of all report summaries at Biennial Review for Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act.