Alcohol and Other Drug Services

At Gwynedd Mercy University, our alcohol and other drug services program is based on a model of care focused on prevention, early intervention and education. We offer a holistic approach to health and well-being that is grounded in current research with evidenced-based health and mental health interventions. Incorporating R.A.I.S.E (Reducing Alcohol Incidents through Student Education) into our program supports our efforts 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, mainly through a frequent social norms campaign. 

Our AOD/R.A.I.S.E. Counselor provides a range of services for the 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 University services are offered at no additional charge to students. However, you 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 or campus ext. 21395

Information for Students
Campus Community Information
Drug and Alcohol Resources


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 (PDF). This policy can also be found within the Student Code of Conduct (PDF). Each student receives an assessment in the form of an interview and completion of an on-line self-assessment program. An assessment provides an initial benchmark for determining level of alcohol or drug related risk. The counselor then reviews the findings and discusses with the student the recommendations. The length and number of sessions is determined by the AOD/R.A.I.S.E. Counselor.

Information for Students

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 (PDF) or the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (PDF) for more information)

Medical Amnesty Policy

The 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 University 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 University 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 we 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 citation 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’re 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 information 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 and 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, GMercyU 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 the University community. 

Faculty have the potential to play a major role in changing the culture at GMercyU. 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:

WiseDrinking  is a free app that helps you monitor your drinking. Of course, the blood alcohol content provided is just an estimate—and entirely dependent on user input—but at the very least, it can help keep you aware of your consumption. Also nifty is the built-in transportation map, which shows you the closest transit and taxis. There are even buttons for contacting a friend or making an emergency call.

SAMHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)  whose mission 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)

Rehab After Work & Rehab After School 
1-800-238-HELP (4357)
See website for all PA & NJ locations

The Council 
See website for all PA locations

Eagleville Hospital  
100 Eagleville Road
Eagleville, PA 19403

Horsham Clinic 
722 East Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002 
215-643-7800 or 1-800-237-4447

Keystone Center 
2001 Providence Ave.
Chester, PA 19013
800-558-9600 or 610-876-9000

                    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: 

Aldersgate Youth Service Bureau
42 North York Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090

Spring-Ford Counseling Services 
201 Norht 4th Avenue
Royersford, PA 19468

Carson Valley Children's Aid
1314 Dekalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Self Help Information:

AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
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