Prevention Standards


The Virginia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Standards represent a substantive resource designed to help campus leaders orchestrate appropriate comprehensive strategies for addressing alcohol and drug concerns. These were developed by professionals working with drug and alcohol issues by compiling the various recommendations, standards, guidelines, and suggestions by numerous associations and agencies focused on the college and university setting. While prepared by Virginia professionals, these Standards represent a national focus based on the sources used.

Core Standards

The Virginia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Standards document is designed to provide clear guidance for campus leaders as they address alcohol abuse and alcohol-related problems on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. These Standards are organized in a way of what will help a campus-based initiative be “successful.” The specific standards are clustered within 14 distinct focus areas. These, in turn, are organized for ease of illustration into four core issues: Foundations, Who Should Be Involved, Focus of Efforts, and Context.

These standards are organized into four core issue areas (Foundations, Who Should Be Involved, Focus of Efforts, and Context of Efforts) and 14 thematic areas. Within each of these 14 clusters are over 175 tenets. These tenets provide specific guidelines deemed appropriate for campuses as they plan, refine and implement alcohol abuse prevention and services strategies. These standards are appropriate regardless of the extent to which a campus has previously implemented strategies.

Campus leaders can use these Standards in a variety of ways:

  • Review the strategies in the 14 clusters to generate ideas about campus initiatives.
  • Conduct an Institutional Self-Assessment to identify areas for improvement.
  • Share the breadth and depth of the Standards to illustrate the nature of comprehensive campus-based initiatives.
  • Advocate for resources and prioritization of alcohol- and drug-related issue

For more information please refer to the Prevention Standards publication.