About Us

northwestern signage on campusLike other universities, Northwestern is concerned about the consequences of high-risk drinking and other drug use including poor academic performance, sexual assault, injury and law enforcement penalties.

The Community Alcohol Coalition was launched in November 2013 to create a university-wide strategic plan. The Coalition, together with Northwestern University Health Promotion and Wellness, aims to create a campus environment that supports students in making responsible decisions.

This site provides Northwestern students, parents, faculty, staff and neighbors a centralized 'hub' for information, policies, programs and services.

About the Coalition

Northwestern University's Community Alcohol Coalition was developed to address the issue of alcohol abuse amongst Northwestern students.  The Coalition's charge, as given by Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin, is to:

  • Identify the key issues associated with alcohol abuse at Northwestern through an inventory of current efforts and environmental scans
  • Develop a strategic plan to mitigate high risk behavior which is to include, but is not limited to, efforts in prevention, early intervention, policy and enforcement, and marketing measures
  • Suggest changes to existing policies, programs or protocols to reduce high risk behaviors
  • Emphasize the use of evidence-based and -informed practices which have demonstrated success in reducing high risk drinking and the associated harm
  • Support the development of and monitoring of data points to measure the success of the strategic plan

Members include staff, faculty and student representatives from:

  • Associated Student Government
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Evanston Police Department
  • Feinberg Medical School
  • Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Kellogg School of Management
  • Panhellenic Association
  • School of Communication
  • Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
  • Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

The Coalition enjoys broad representation from across the university and will engage additional campus and community partners in short term projects as the need arises.  If you are interested in our efforts, please contact Todd Adams, Dean of Students and Coalition Chair. 

Annual Notification

As per federal requirement, this pdf, Policy on Drugs and Alcohol 2013-14, contains links to university policies and resources concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Biennial Review

Northwestern University complies with the Drug-Free School and Campuses Regulation that requires Institutions of Higher Education to conduct a biennial review of their alcohol and other drug programs and policies (EDGAR Part 86.100). The review is completed in even-numbered years by a Biennial Review Working Group under the leadership of the Director of Health Promotion and Wellness.

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