Several self-help support groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, also meet on campus. Mental health professionals and a certified drug and alcohol counselor are also available at the University Counseling Center, located within the Wellness Center, which is housed on the second floor of Mark A. Nordenberg Hall.
The University of Pittsburgh enforces all state and local laws regarding the possession, use, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages, including those prohibiting underage drinking, and local laws prohibiting an open container of alcohol in public. The University also enforces all state and federal laws concerning illegal drugs.
Anyone who is apprehended by the Pitt police in possession of, using, or selling illegal drugs is subject to arrest. If a University student commits the offense, the Pitt police will also refer the individual to the Office of Student Conduct, where the student could face sanctions up to and including dismissal from the University.
Here are some ways the University upholds legal requirements concerning alcohol use:
All incoming first-year students are required to participate in Campus Clarity—an online, science-based alcohol and other drug prevention and education program focusing on the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the mind and body. It takes students approximately two hours to complete and includes a 45-day follow-up.
Pitt complies with the federal Drug-free Workplace and Drug-free Schools Act. The University annually distributes information about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and available alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation, and assistance to all students, faculty, and staff through mailings, electronic newsletters, social media, and videos and on the student affairs Web site.
The University’s Personal Education, Assistance, and Referral (PEAR) program aims to reduce drug and alcohol abuse by:
Students may decide to participate in the PEAR program voluntarily, or they may be referred as part of a disciplinary action. Completion of the program requires payment of a $50 fee, attendance at two 120-minute education sessions, and a final assessment interview with the instructor.
Q What are some other resources I can access for help with alcohol or substance abuse?
A Pitt provides an office dedicated to wellness education
for students. Anyone within the Pitt community is welcome to refer students or to call for educational services. For more information, contact the Office of Health Education and Promotion of the Student Health Service (SHS) at 412-383-1830 or visit SHS at Mark A. Nordenberg Hall, 119 University Place, Wellness Center, second floor.
University of Pittsburgh Police
or Noncampus Phone
General Assistance 4-4040
Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE)
Student Health Service
University Counseling Center
(Phones answered 24 hours a day/seven days a week)
Environmental Health and Safety
City of Pittsburgh
Police, Fire, Ambulance
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
Center for Victims
of Public Welfare
ChildLine for abuse reporting
Re:solve Crisis Network
Mental Health Crisis Intervention
1-866-7-YOU CAN or 1-888-796-8226
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