Prevention & Education

Prevention & Education

The University will provide students with resources and programs that focus on the danger of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the possible reprimands and sanctions that may follow when an alcohol or drug policy or law violation occurs.  The University will also distribute literature informing employees of the dangers of drug abuse in the work place and provide information on available services including counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs.


Students are expected to be familiar with the rules and regulations as outlined in the University of Pittsburgh Student Code of Conduct as it relates to alcohol and other drugs. The applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, and/or local laws include, but are not limited to a monetary fine, suspension of driver’s license, imprisonment, community service, counseling/treatment, and/or completion of a mandatory education program.


Alcohol and other drug programs on the University of Pittsburgh campus are delivered through three levels of prevention programming: primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.


Primary prevention is directed towards the entire campus population regardless of their decision to use or not use alcohol or other illicit drugs. The University’s programs incorporate materials on responsible decision-making and lifestyle choices. Efforts are directed toward creating a supportive campus environment that encourages students to not use illicit drugs, and to use alcohol in a legal and responsible manner. Programs are aimed at preventing the misuse or abuse of substances.


Secondary prevention is designed to identify and assist students who exhibit possible problematic substance use and who are suitable for brief intervention strategies.


Tertiary prevention is focused on assisting students who may have a substance abuse issue and includes aiding these students in their treatment, relapse prevention, recovery, and maintenance of their recovery.


The Student Health Service Office of Health Education and Promotion offers a variety of services and programs to encourage positive health behaviors among the student population. Throughout the year, there are outreach events and programs provided to the campus community on health topics, including alcohol and drug use.


In addition to these efforts, The Office of Health Education and Promotion also offers education classes on alcohol and marijuana. These programs meet requirements for sanctioned education programs as part of a violation, but students may elect to participate voluntarily. These programs are designed to explore decision-making and to reduce problems associated with the misuse of alcohol or marijuana through educational modules, homework, and meeting(s) with a facilitator. For additional information, please visit the Office of Health Education and Promotion’s website at: or by calling 412-383-1830.


Program Administration


For further information regarding the Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free Schools Policy, contact:

University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus
Office of Human Resources 412-624-8030
Division of Student Affairs 412-648-1006


Information and Assistance for Alcohol or Drug Abuse: Pittsburgh Campus

An important step in overcoming any problem is to know where to turn for assistance.  Information, counseling, and treatment for alcohol or drug problems are available through resources in the community and costs may be covered by healthcare benefits. Some of the resources include:


Student Health Service
Wellness Center
Mark A. Nordenberg Hall, Suite 119
111 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


University Counseling Center
Wellness Center
Mark A. Nordenberg Hall, Suite 119
111 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Center for Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Services
Oxford Building, Suite 900
3501 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Gateway Rehabilitation Center
Moffett Run Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001