Community Action

 


The PEP-AH framework identifies the following high-level recommendations:  

  • Build capacity at the community level for effective interventions 
  • Mobilize communities to prevent the sale of alcohol to intoxicated students 
  • Encourage provision of alternative transportation, including public transport, until after the closing time for drinking establishments 

The framework suggests the following initiatives: 

  • Develop a campus and community coalition to address alcohol-related local issues 
  • Inform students attending or hosting parties off campus about common party violations and liability  
  • Exercise disciplinary jurisdiction over off-campus disturbances caused by students 
  • Work with existing licensed vendors in the vicinity of the campus to ensure proper server training and responsible operations  
  • Submit a request to provincial and federal authorities on issues of taxation that would influence students’ purchase and drinking patterns (e.g. increased taxes, tax incentives for production and consumption of low-alcohol beers) 
  • Communicate and enforce municipal and provincial drinking laws, including the minimum drinking age and the sale and service of alcohol to intoxicated patrons 
  • Implement a designated driver program 
  • Implement a bystander intervention program  

Dalhousie supports these recommendations and initiatives through:

  • In collaboration with the Postsecondary Education Partnership Alcohol Harm Reduction (PEP-AH), supporting student-led teams in coordinating programming and education opportunities and support students participation in the annual regional symposium 
  • Assistant Vice Provost, Student Affairs serving on PEP-AH Steering Committee and as the Atlantic Regional Representative (institutional)
  • Informing students attending or hosting parties off campus about common party violations and liability 
  • Student/Res Life programming
  • Start on Track programming
  • Security Services and Student Health & Wellness programming and social media 
  • Municipal and provincial drinking laws, including the minimum drinking age and the sale and service of alcohol to intoxicated patrons, communicated through Student Life and achieved through ongoing partnership with Halifax Regional Police, with a primary focus on high-risk alcohol harms
  • Dal alternatives to a designated driver program include Tiger Patrol, DalSAFE app and Metro Transit UPass program  
  • Dalhousie’s current sexualized violence bystander program will include a module that addresses substance misuse