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Alcohol and Other Drugs Education

The University of Oklahoma's Comprehensive Alcohol & Other Drug Program is designed around four guiding principles: Education, Environmental Management, Enforcement (pdf), and Counseling Services.  Our goal is to provide OU students with information on how to be safe. We do this through campus-wide programming, student partnerships, harm reduction strategies, and interpersonal intervention.  


All students under the age of 22, including transfer students, are required to participate in both an online and in-person tailored alcohol awareness program. In addition, new member education is required for all students who would like to join a student organization or become a member of Greek Life.

Online Education:

In-Person Education: All first-year Residence Hall, Residential College and Commuter students are required to attend the in-person sessions which take place during Camp Crimson.

Counseling Services

Students experiencing problematic substance use are encouraged to seek assessment, screening, and individual & group services at the University Counseling Center (UCC). The UCC Staff includes Licensed Professional Counselors with substance use counseling experience for both voluntary and mandatory visits. 


OU’s Alcohol Policy (pdf) includes a Three Strike system. 

  • A Strike One violation of OU’s Alcohol Policy will result in the initiation of disciplinary action for violations under the Student Conduct Code.
  • A Strike Two Alcohol Policy violation under the Student Conduct Code can result in parental notification, community service, educational programs and fines and subsequent violations may result in suspension from the University.
  • A Strike Three results in an automatic suspension followed by a Parent/Guardian notification via return receipt certified mail with a follow-up telephone call. The Student Conduct office will provide the student with suspension details.
  • For more information about University policies and enforcement, visit the Office of Student Conduct.

Environmental Management

OU strives to create an safe environment for all students at all times. Here are just a few ways we do this:

  • OU requires that all campus housing be substance-free, including residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses.
  • Students can report to the Alcohol and Hazing Hotline possible policy violations such as hazing, alcohol and other drugs abuse, or misconduct: 405-325-5000, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
  • SafeRide
  • SafeWalk

Additional Resources

Alcohol and Other Drug Interactions

Even if prescription and over-the-counter drugs are obtained legally, they can be harmful when combined with each other or with alcohol, with even small combinations proving dangerous.

Read more about Alcohol and Other Drug Interactions


If you or someone you know uses opioids, overdose is possible. OU Southwest Prevention Center facilitates provides free Naloxone (Narcan) kits. Obtaining the kit involves receiving instructions on how to use naloxone on yourself or others and requires completing a brief, anonymous survey.

Get Naloxone

Students in Recovery

Students, faculty and staff have access to on-campus and off-campus recovery support programs addressing various addiction concerns. Formed by University of Oklahoma students in recovery in August 2018, Students in Recovery is an organization providing a safe, sober environment for students currently in recovery, those supporting recovery and those who are seeking recovery at OU. We support all forms of recovery and encourage self-determination and fun in recovery by way of sober tailgates, town halls, organized community work and education about all forms of addiction.

Students in Recovery hosts weekly in-person all-recovery peer-led and supported twelve-step meetings for the OU community. The weekly meeting is held Wednesdays at 7pm in Zarrow Hall.  There are no dues or fees for membership. 

These welcoming meetings are a great way to continue receiving and giving Recovery support throughout the school year!

Please note: This email address is a non-OU email and monitored by the student organization Students In Recovery.