A special Ad Hoc Committee was formed in November 2012. Its goal was to identify existing alcohol education efforts as well as address gaps in resources to help prevent this tragedy from occurring again.
Ad Hoc Committee Findings Survey identified at least 50 different ATOD efforts that involved: Assessments Education & Prevention Interventions Policy Development & Enforcement
Ad Hoc Committee Findings Continued… Gaps were identified and prioritized. Special emphasis was placed on: the importance of reaching out to all new students reducing the risk of student alcohol-related incidents
Alcohol Overdose Prevention Video A video was created and shown to all incoming Freshmen and Transfer students during Dog Days. This 7-minute video shows students in a typical social environment & testimonials of two Fresno State students who survived an alcohol overdose. Students and parents were also encouraged to have the difficult conversation about alcohol safety. http://vimeo.com/68227851
University Courtyard Efforts focused on the new students’ first night and weekend on campus. Standard bulletin boards were required on all floors regarding alcohol awareness. All students were given lanyards with Aware Awake Alive messaging, along with information on UPD Tip Now. Gathering of all students with brief discussion on the loss of Philip Dhanens and urging them to take care of fellow students.
WATCHDOG Program The second phase of the Protect Your ‘Dogs campaign. Based upon the Red Watch Band Program. Students trained to recognize the symptoms of an alcohol overdose, learn the steps to effectively intervene, and receive CPR certification through the American Red Cross. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v= NYnY5Yot2dU http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v= NYnY5Yot2dU
New Greek Life Directives Effective Fall 2013 Fraternity and Sorority recruitment events must be delayed until week 6 of the Fall semester. New member or pledge education programs must be completed within 9 weeks, including initiation. New member education programs must be completed 10 days prior to the start of final exams.
“Fresno State has been able to take a tragedy and turn it into an effort to save students’ lives.”