Contact Information

Appointments: 717-477-1164
Fax: 717-477-4007

Sarah McDowell, M.S.
Interim Program Director
Old Main 210A

Cassidy Zeller
Graduate Assistant
Old Main 210B

Dr. Ford Brooks
Faculty Advisor 

210 Old Main (2nd Floor)
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: (717)-477-1164

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Connection Alcohol and other Drug Program


The Connection Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Program is dedicated to working on prevention efforts to reduce the potential for alcohol-related problems and/or injury to both Shippensburg University students and members of the Shippensburg community

Why is prevention important?...  Thinking about the consequences of drinking, especially high risk drinking, is VERY important BEFORE actively engaging in the are a couple statistics to help you consider why: 

About 21 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking  or drug use including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (CORE, 2012)

Approximately 30 percent of college students reported having memory loss (CORE, 2012)

About 57 percent of students reported being hungover, nauseated or vomiting due to their alcohol use (CORE, 2012)

Approximately 30 percent of college students reported that they either got into a fight, argument, done something that they later regretted, or have been criticized by someone they know due to their drinking or drug use (CORE, 20102)

Approximately 15 percent of students have been seriously hurt or injured due to their alcohol or drug use (CORE, 2012)

And approximately 6 percent reported being taken advantage of sexually while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (CORE, 2012)


If the above consequences aren't enough to either help you make the decision to chose to not drink (if you're under the legal age of 21 or living on our alcohol-free campus)  OR  partake in low-risk, green zone drinking (want to find out what this is?! click here    ) here are a couple other academic incentives: 

  • Shippensburg University upholds Pennsylvania Laws as well as their own policies and procedures for AOD that can be found the student handbook. The alcohol and other drug policies of Shippensburg University can be found beginning on page 109 ( )
  • THINK about how an alcohol or other drug violation could effect your future goals before partaking in any of these activities
    • What are your academic goals while at Shippensburg University?
    • What are your career goals long-term?
      • Would a violation potentially hinder or set back these goals?
      • What steps are/can you take currently to ensure that you reach those goals?  

What is there to do at SU other than drink?!  -- We hear this question A LOT. Well, the answer is... A LOT. You simply have to WANT to do something other than drink! Here are just a  few to get you started...  



Campus-Community Coalition

The Campus-Community Coalition deals with alcohol and other drug use both on campus and in the Shippensburg community. The purpose of the Coalition is to bring together various members of the university and the surrounding community in order to address ATOD issues, share information, make contacts, and overall to work in cooperation to reduce high-risk and illegal drinking among both college students and younger members of the Shippensburg community. The Coalition is chaired by President Ruud, and includes members of the Shippensburg University faculty and staff, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, representatives from the police force, the mayor of Shippensburg, and teachers and administrators from the local middle and high school. Also, members from Roxbury Treatment Center and the Cumberland County Drug and Alcohol Commission are included in the membership of the coalition. The Coalition meets twice a semester and is open to anyone interested in attending. The schedule for the meetings will be updated each semester.