Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Alcohol and drugs are a part of the social landscape at SUNY Oswego. For some people it's a welcome part of college life. For others, it's overwhelming and scary to see the things that students can get involved in. Our program supports students through education, counseling, and implementing prevention programs on campus.

Dean Of Students AOD Programs

Members of the campus community can use the available campus and community resources. We have courses focusing on alcohol and drug education along with extracurricular programs. These resources help to increase awareness of AOD use, choices, and consequences.


BASICS is a two-session one on one assessment created for college students. Developed at the University of Washington, BASICS has been found to reduce negative consequences resulting from drinking, as well as alcohol consumption rates.

Many students will need to complete BASICS as part of a student conduct sanction.  The cost of the program is $80. If you would like to schedule a BASICS assessment, and not as part of a student conduct sanction, there is no charge.


eCheckup To Go!

Are you interested in learning more about your alcohol, cannabis or nicotine use? Both are online, anonymous surveys about your substance use. You will get personalized feedback about your alcohol and marijuana use. This program aims to motivate individuals to reduce their consumption.

E Checkup Alcohol E Checkup Marijuana E Checkup Nicotine

Everfi Education

SUNY Oswego has partnered with EverFi. EverFi supports campus communities in fostering safe and healthy campuses. The courses strive to reinforce healthy decisions and promote positive attitudes and behaviors.


This online program uses evidence-based prevention methods to inspire students to make healthier decisions related to alcohol and drug use.

AlcoholEdu for Sanctions

This online, science-based course will teach you about the effects of alcohol on the body and mind. This course will help you make safer and healthier decisions so you can avoid trouble in the future.

Drug Abuse Prevention

Students will gain the knowledge needed to make healthy decisions with prescription medication. Topics covered include the science of addiction, how to intervene with misuse, and how to dispose of prescription drugs.

Residence Life Staff Requests

To request beer goggles or educational materials, please fill out the google form provided. Please remember to specify the type of materials you need, and the amount for each item requested.

Request Form

Additional General and Legal Information

Statement In Support For a Drug Free Campus

The State University of New York at Oswego recognizes that the abuse of alcohol and/or illegal possession or use of other drugs adversely affects the pursuit of its educational objectives. The College is committed to providing a safe and comfortable educational environment for all members of the College community. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs adversely affects the user as well as others who live and work in the same environment. It is a fact demonstrated through both national and local data that the use of alcohol and other drugs inhibits performance and adversely affects health, safety, and the campus environment. 

It is the responsibility of the College to uphold the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Therefore, all members of our campus community are hereby notified that the abuse of alcohol, the unlawful sale, possession, or distribution of alcohol, and/or the unlawful sale, possession, distribution or manufacture of LSD and other hallucinogens, marijuana, hashish, cocaine, peyote, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, and other controlled substances, except under legal medical prescription, is prohibited on and off College premises, at College sponsored events, or at events sponsored by student organizations or student groups. 

Students and employees who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from the College and/ or termination of employment. Student groups or organizations found to have violated this policy will be subject to sanctions up to and including loss of privileges for using the grounds and facilities of the College to advertise, recruit, and conduct activities. In efforts to establish and maintain a drug-free workplace and campus community, the College will provide ongoing alcohol and other drug awareness educational programs and disseminate information about alcohol and other drug use. All students and employees will receive a statement of this policy annually. 

Any SUNY Oswego employee who is convicted of a criminal drug or alcohol statute violation must notify his/her supervisor of the conviction within five days after the conviction. As required by the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the College must inform contracting or granting agencies of such convictions within ten days after receiving notification from the employee or otherwise receiving notice of a conviction. Any employee found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to corrective action. Questions about this Drug-Free Workplace policy should be referred to the Director of Human Resources, 201 Culkin Hall, (315) 312-2230.

Full Statement Student Handbook

AOD Emergencies

An overdose occurs when a toxic amount of a drug/medicine is taken. Many substances can cause harm when too much is taken, including alcohol, prescription/OTC medications, illegal drugs, and some herbal remedies. Risk of overdose is increased when more than one drug is taken at the same time, or the person is not used to taking a certain drug.

An overdose is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. ALWAYS call 911 if a drug overdose/alcohol poisoning is suspected

What should I do if a friend had too much to drink?

Call 911. Alcohol poisoning can lead to death. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning using C.U.P.S:

  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Unresponsive
  • Puking
  • Slow breathing

Don’t leave them to “sleep it off”

  • Call 911 or SAVAC
  • Try to wake the person
  • Don't leave them alone
  • Roll them on their side to avoid choking from vomit

What should I do if I think my friend has overdosed?

A wide range of signs and symptoms can occur when a person overdoses, and everyone responds differently. Signs and symptoms depends on a variety of factors such as which drug was taken, the amount taken, and the person's state of health at the time. Do not put your own safety in danger. Some drugs can cause a person to lash out in unpredictable manners, it is not safe to try to reason with a person who has overdosed. Call a medical professional right away.

  • Call 911 or SAVAC right away
  • Don't give them anything to eat or drink
  • Don't leave them alone
  • Don't put them in a shower
  • Don't let them sleep
  • Don't make them throw up
  • Don't leave them to "sleep it off"
  • Get information
Good Samaritan Policy

Be A Good Sam!

Under the Good Samaritan Policy the victim or the witness is not subject to formal disciplinary actions with the college. SUNY Oswego encourages a witness or a victim of an AOD related emergency to seek medical assistance right away.

Drug Disposal Locations

Oswego Hospital
110 W. 6th St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Oswego Police Department
169 W. 2nd St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Kinney Drugs
174 W. Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126

Fulton Police Department
141 S 1st St.
Fulton, NY 13069

Important Numbers:

  • New York State HOPEline (24/7): 1-877-846-7369 or text: 467369. Toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
  • Drug Task Force: 1-888-511-8997
  • Emergencies: 911, Campus Police at 315.312.5555, or SAVAC at 315.312.4003

Community Resources:

*Has listings for 12 step programs in the area (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous(AA), Adult Children of Alcoholics(ACOAs), Narcotics Anonymous(NA), Codependency Anonymous(CoDA)

AOD Education

Dean of Students Office
501 Culkin Oswego, NY 13126


Trisha Dewolf


Mon–Fri 8:30am–4:30pm
Summer Hours: Mon–Fri 8:30am–4pm