AODC Philosophy

Like other universities, Lamar University is concerned about the consequences of high-risk drinking and other drug use including poor academic performance, sexual assault, injury and law enforcement penalties. Our efforts, particularly within the Alcohol and Other Drug Committee, are governed by the following philosophy:

The Lamar University community in partnership with LIT, creates a supportive and inclusive environment for learning and empowers students, faculty and staff to achieve excellence and challenge them to take responsibility as members of a diverse, global community. The community further supports lifelong learning through a holistic approach of medical and psychological education programs which encompasses risks associated with the misuse of alcohol and other drugs.

This site provides LU and LIT students, faculty, staff and other community members a centralized 'hub' for information, policies, programs and services. It does not represent one department, rather it represents the collective work of the many involved in addressing this complex and multidimensional issue.

Lamar University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Committee was developed to create a university-wide strategic plan and monitor its implementation. The AODC, together with the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Health Center, and numerous other departments, aims to create a campus environment that supports students in making responsible decisions through a harm reduction approach.

2014 Summary Report

In August 2014, the Biennial Review on Alcohol and Other Drugs was completed and made available to the University. It contained policies, programs and services, campus resources, and trainings for students, faculty and staff. It also contained a summary of university, state and federal compliance requirements, as well as conclusions and recommendations for future programming. Key observations, goals and recommendations for change at Lamar University and LIT campuses will be published in the next Biennial Review in order to reduce high risk behavior and support low-risk choices. Changes to the Biennial Review Committee and their procedures are currently being made in order to comply with all federal recommendations and laws.