Residence Hall Council programming
As part of their application process, students applying for candidacy in Residence Hall Council elections are required to attend an informational meeting dealing with the alcohol and other drug education programming requirements for which they will be responsible as members of their Residence Hall Council. Student Affairs staff and current Residence Hall Council members from each hall will conduct this meeting. Within two weeks of their election in the spring, the President and one other selected member from each newly elected Residence Hall Council will meet as a group with the Dean of Students or his or her designee(s) to plan the Hall Council alcohol education and other drug programs to be presented to hall residents in the upcoming fall semester. During the spring semester, these Hall Council members will complete an alcohol and other drug education-training program provided by Student Affairs staff members.
In the fall semester, within two weeks of their arrival on campus, members of each Hall Council will be responsible for conducting alcohol and other drug education and awareness programs for new students in their residence hall. The first program is to be completed prior to the first weekend after the first day of classes; the second program is to be presented within the following week. A third session will be conducted for new students near the end of the fall semester. Hall Councils will be encouraged to work in collaboration with each other and the residence hall staff in planning these three programs for new students. The programs will focus on issues pertaining to alcohol and other drug use and its consequences, specifically addressing negative effects on grades, health risks, the law, and personal liability issues. It is expected that upper- class students, as peers having faced similar challenges as new students, will be effective in communicating information about alcohol use to new students.
Upper-class students will be educated about the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy, laws regarding alcohol and other drug policy enforcement, and resources for assistance at the first residence hall meeting to be scheduled within the first three weeks of the fall semester. Hall Councils will inform upper-class students about the purpose of the educational programs for new students. Upper-class students will be encouraged to cooperate in this program by supporting these efforts.
Other Education and Awareness Programs
Other alcohol and drug education and awareness programs sponsored by residence halls, student organizations, and Student Affairs offices will be conducted during New Student Orientation and during each semester for students living in residence halls. Specific training programs regarding alcohol and other drug and substance abuse will be incorporated into workshops for Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistants. Substance-free programs and activities developed by students and staff will be implemented throughout the academic year.
Assistance for Students
Hendrix College is committed to providing students with factual information about alcohol and other drugs, as well as confidential referrals to qualified counseling and treatment professionals in Central Arkansas. Students who have a history of alcohol or other drug abuse or problems with drinking or who are concerned about their consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs, should contact a professional staff member in the Office of Student Affairs for further information and assistance.