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Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Services

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AOD Services 

Gwynedd Mercy University’s AOD/R.A.I.S.E. Services are based on a model of care that focuses on prevention, early intervention, education, and treatment. The services offer a holistic approach to health and well-being that is grounded in models of student development as well as current research with evidence-based health and mental health interventions. The AOD services incorporates R.A.I.S.E (Reducing Alcohol Incidents through Student Education) which is a social norms campaign funded by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The R.A.I.S.E. program looks to foster a healthy social and residential environment through education and programs. Additionally, R.A.I.S.E. seeks to correct the misperceptions of  alcohol use on college campuses with specific attention to our University community. 

The AOD/R.A.I.S.E. Counselor provides a range of services for the Gwynedd Mercy University community that includes: social norming information, outreach, assessment, education and referrals to community providers. The services provided are conducted on a voluntary basis or may be required as part of the judicial process. All services are free to Gwynedd Mercy University students. Students may incur a cost if evaluations and/or treatment are required to be received by a community based provider.

AOD/R.A.I.S.E. Counselor

Kristen Hawk, M.A.  215-646-7300 ext. 21395


A student may contact the AOD/R.A.I.S.E. Counselor to schedule an appointment or may be sanctioned to schedule an appointment through the judicial process as a result of a violation, either on or off campus, of the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. This policy can be found within the Student Code of Conduct. Each student receives an assessment in the form of an interview and completion of an on-line self assessment program such as MyStudentBody. An assessment provides an initial benchmark for determining level of alcohol or drug related risk. The Counselor will review the findings and discuss with the student the recommendations for indicated needs. The length and number of sessions is determined by the AOD/R.A.I.S.E. Counselor.


Student Information

Gwynedd Mercy University is foremost concerned with the health & wellness of our students. Thus, we have adopted the following policies: 

(Please consult the Student Code of Conduct for more information)

Medical Amnesty Policy

Gwynedd Mercy University strongly encourages students to seek and use medical assistance for themselves during emergency situation when they are dangerously under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No student seeking medical treatment for themselves or accepting medical treatment as a result of a Good Samaritan report, for the effects of drug or alcohol use, will be subject to College discipline for violating the Alcohol and Other Drug policy. 

Good Samaritan Policy 

No student seeking medical treatment for another student or guest for the effects of drug or alcohol use will be subject to College discipline for violating the Alcohol or Other Drug policy. the University is committed to ensuring that all situations are handled with competence and compassion and prioritize safety over policy violation. 

Off-Campus Behavior Policy 

All students must be aware of the following:
  • the University may discipline students for incidents that occur off campus. 
  • The decisions of the University and Magistrate/Courts are independent and mutually exclusive. 
  • the University may discipline students in all cases where a citiation or arrest takes place. 
  • the University will not delay issuing a decision in a case because of a pending case before the Magistrate or Courts. 

Tips from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)

When you are hosting a party it is important to be aware of the negative consequences that can occur from irresponsible consumption of alcohol. As you make plans for your celebration, please read the following information for steps to ensure the safety of your guests during and after the party. 

Responsible Hosting (PDF)

Driving under the influence can have severe and long-lasting effects. See the document below for specific infromation concerning the repercussions for a DUI arrest in Pennsylvania. In addition, contact information for two local taxi services is provided so you and your friends can always get home safe. 

DUI Arrest in PA (PDF)

Taxi Services:

Homestead Transportation 
Norristown Cab Company 


Campus Community Information

Changing the behaviors of our students requires the entire community’s attention to the culture we establish.  Setting the tone and culture for our campus can only be achieved by the active participation of the entire community. In an effort to promote working relationships and communication with the University campus and surrounding community, Gwynedd Mercy University has established the Campus Community Coalition (CCC). The CCC meets three times a year to enhance shared responsibility, prevent and address high-risk drinking problems, and contribute to the health and safety of Gwynedd Mercy University. 

Faculty have the potential to play a major role in changing the culture at Gwynedd Mercy University. Please read the following document for ways you can contribute to this positive change. 

How Faculty Can Change The Culture (PDF)


Drug and Alcohol Resources

Educational Resources:

MyStudentBody is an evidenced-based, online prevention course that provides a comprehensive approach to reducting the risk of drug & alcohol abuse among college students. 

SAMHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) whose missions is to "reduce the impact of substance abuse & mental illness in America." 

Alcohol Problems and Solutions describes alcohol use & abuse along with effective ways to reduce drinking problems.

CADCA_College&Drinking_A Risky Curriculum (PDF)

Drug and Alcohol Assessments & Treatment:

Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hot line: 800-662-HELP (4357)

1-800-238-HELP (4357)
See website for all PA & NJ locations
See website for all PA locations
100 Eagleville Road
Eagleville, PA 19403
722 East Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002 
215-643-7800 or 1-800-237-4447

Key Recovery Center
722 East Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002

Drug Rehab Locator helps you to quickly find drug rehab facilities

Free Drug & Alcohol Counseling for Montgomery County Residents

Montgomery County residents are eligible to receive up to 6 hours/sessions of intervention counseling at the following agencies: 

42 North York Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
201 Norht 4th Avenue
Royersford, PA 19468
1314 Dekalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Self Help Information:

AA - Alcoholics Anonymous of Southeastern Pennsylvania official
215 -923-7900

NA - Narcotics Anonymous

Al Anon & Alateen - support groups for family members of an addict

Sobriety Online assists alcoholics and people with addictions in their recover