Creighton takes seriously the need to educate students about the importance of making good choices regarding alcohol. Our efforts are aimed at reducing high-risk drinking and encouraging students to abandon binge drinking behaviors. Alcohol education efforts include:
The Division of Student Life coordinates the following efforts and initiatives to reduce high-risk drinking among first-year students:
- Think About It - A two-hour, online course required of all first-year students covering Creighton’s Alcohol Policy, Alcohol Use & Abuse, Illegal Substance use, Prescription Drug Abuse, Creighton’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, and Dating Violence.
- Year 1 Cap - A survey required of all first-year students attending Creighton University and part of a greater Nebraska Collegiate Consortium effort.
- Party Smart - One of several educational sessions during Welcome Week at Creighton University sponsored by Student Health Services and Peer Education at Creighton (PEAC). This event includes Creighton Students addressing the alcohol culture at Creighton and concludes with Resident Advisors (RAs) facilitating a discussion with their floors about alcohol use. This is required of all new, first-year students.
The Division of Student Life establishes the following Blue Zone guidelines for safe decision-making regarding alcohol use:
What is Blue Zone?
- 0 drinks if you are underage, driving, taking medications, pregnant or in recovery
- 1 drink per hour, maximum
- 3 drinks per occasion, maximum
What is a Standard Drink?
- 12 oz beer
- 5 oz glass of wine
- 1.25 oz shot of liquor, either straight or mixed
To assist students in an understanding of the impact alcohol can have on their lives, T.R.A.A.C. is a program implemented to care for intoxicated students who could be in danger of hurting themselves or others. It provides students with proper medical attention and a safe environment in which to recover.
T.R.A.A.C. Standard Operating Procedures for Intoxicated Students:
- A student is identified as potentially being intoxicated by demonstrating impaired judgment, impaired reactions, decreased coordination or unresponsiveness.
- A medical assessment and field sobriety tests are administered.
- The student is transported to University Campus if determined appropriate by the medical assessment.
- Parents are notified.
- Student is assessed by a University Campus physician to determine course of action. At risk students are transported to Bergan Mercy and hospitalized or placed in an emergency room bed where they will be monitored.
- Student is released from University campus with the approval of a Creighton Health Services physician and may be transported back to campus.
- The incident is documented and referred for disciplinary action, which normally results in a student status of disciplinary probation, withdrawal, suspension or expulsion; $250 restitution fee; and educational sanctions.
- If the student fails to comply with T.R.A.A.C. Standard Operating Procedures the student may be immediately suspended or expelled from the University.