Alcohol and Other Drug (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.
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.
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
- 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)
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.
Drug and Alcohol 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.
Drug and Alcohol Assessments & Treatment:
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hot line: 800-662-HELP (4357)
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:
Self Help Information:
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