Thursday, March 29, 2012

SMU students to take Alcohol and Other Drug Survey

By Julianne Bartosz

Saint Mary’s University’s Jay Johnson Wellness Center’s biannual CORE Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) survey will be sent out to undergraduate students around the third week in April.

SMU students will receive the AOD survey via email from the CORE Institute. It is a brief voluntary survey.

“It is important that students fill out the survey,” said Director of Counseling Services Dr. Ruth Mathews. “We use the data a lot within the Wellness Center and other parts of campus life.”

The AOD survey is used by the Wellness Center “to better understand alcohol related issues and programming needs of our students,” said Mathews. She said that psychology research students also use the data.

The 2010 AOD data showed that alcohol and other drug use was associated with lower grades and experiences of harassment and violence.

To encourage students to complete the survey, Mathews said that students will have the opportunity to win prizes. Survey participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes and the residence hall with the greatest participation will win a pizza party.

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