PROGRAMS, SERVICES & EVENTS
On August 3rd, 1999, the Aggie Community lost one of its members to alcohol poisoning on his 21st birthday. Click the title for a message sent to all Texas A&M University students for their 21st Birthday as an encouragement to celebrate this landmark, but to do so in a safe and responsible way.
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A message from Aggie parents:
"On August 3rd, 1999 we lost our Aggie son on his 21st birthday to alcohol poisoning. He was a senior and had his whole life ahead of him. It all went away in one night. Michael was not an alcoholic, nor did he abuse alcohol. It was just one night of celebratory drinking that killed him. That’s all it takes. We wouldn’t want this to happen to you. Please take time to educate yourself and others about responsible alcohol use, and make good decisions. We wish you the very best 21st birthday. Make it one to remember."
-Bodie and Susan Wagener, In memory of Michael, Class of 2000
5 in 2 is a student-run binge-drinking campaign inspired by the LessThanUThink Campaign at the University of Alabama. This campaign aims to educate students on the definition of binge-drinking and the negative social and physical consequences. This year, we have four events happening in the month of March:
- March 1 - 5: Scavenger Hunt
- March 8: Aggie WellTalk episode: The Science of Drinking
- March 22: Drinking in College Panel
- March 26: Cornhole Tournament
Follow our social media for more information!
Sober Tailgate is a day of community and celebration! In 2018, Texas A&M hosted the first ever Aggie Sober Tailgate to support our Aggies in recovery and for the Texas A&M community choosing to celebrate game day in an alcohol-free environment. While we aim to host Sober Tailgate each semester, this program is on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.
AEWs will be conducted virtually until further notice. This 2-hour workshop teaches the basics of alcohol use and how to keep yourself and others safe around alcohol. We cover many topics, including standard drink sizes, alcohol absorption factors, blood alcohol concentration, binge-drinking, caring for intoxicated individuals, alcohol poisoning, and consequences (professional, academic, legal). This workshop is regularly offered to students who need to fulfill Student Conduct Office sanctions, but any Texas A&M student is encouraged to attend if they would like to. Come prepared to discuss issues surrounding alcohol on college campuses. **Note: if you have been sanctioned for a DRUG Education Workshop, contact us. More information can be found on our Alcohol Education Workshops page.
Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is an individual interview process conducted over two 90-minute meetings designed to discuss a student's drinking habits and assist the student in making informed decisions regarding their alcohol consumption. More information can found on our BASICS page.
Marijuana 101 is a two-part online course that helps students assess their cannabis use and understand cannabis’ effects. While Marijuana 101 is sometimes mandatory for students who violate Texas A&M’s student rules, the course can be taken by any student who wishes to assess their cannabis use and learn more about how cannabis works and the effects it can have. More information can be found on our Marijuana 101 page.
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week occurs every year during the third full week of October. This week is a time committed to discussing issues related to alcohol and college, celebrating your responsible and safe decisions as Texas A&M students and community members, and providing a way to interact with others on campus.
Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. More information at recoverymonth.gov.
Health Promotion provides SMART Recovery meetings, the Aggie Sober Tailgate, and programming and education for National Recovery Month! In addition, we facilitate the Recovery Services Advisory Group: a group of on- and off-campus stakeholders dedicated to supporting students in recovery. While Texas A&M does not have recovery-specific housing, Health Promotion oversees a wellness living learning community called THRIVE for any student interested in holistic wellness. More information as well as recovery resources can be found on our Recovery Services page.
October is recognized as Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. During this month, Health Promotion in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life schedules several events and workshops with campus and community partners to bring awareness to the prevalence of both dating and domestic violence in our communities, educate our campus on the signs of abuse, demonstrate different ways that bystanders can help to prevent violence, and provide information on effective ways to support victims and survivors.
Dating and domestic violence consist of behaviors used to maintain power and control over a current or former intimate partner. There are several types of dating and domestic violence, including but not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, digital (online) abuse, and stalking. At the 2019 New Student Conferences, 65% of incoming freshmen indicated (through anonymous polling) that they had experienced relationship violence or knew someone who had (N=7,751). Here at Texas A&M University, 16.8% of female undergraduate students, 10.3% of male undergraduate students, and 10.4% of transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming, or questioning (TGQN) undergraduate students who were in partnered relationships and participated in a recent survey stated that they had experienced intimate partner violence (AAU Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, 2019; N=1,994). Dating and domestic violence impact individuals across the lifespan and anyone can experience this crime regardless of their identity. For more evidence-based information on dating and domestic violence, we recommend starting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are a victim or survivor of domestic violence, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1−800−799−SAFE (7233). If you would like additional information on both confidential and non-confidential resources on the Texas A&M campus and in the Bryan/College Station communities, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Dot is a national bystander intervention program that teaches students, faculty, and staff how to intervene safely and appropriately in situations where acts of power-based personal violence are witnessed. You can learn more by requesting a virtual overview or training for your student organization, department, or classroom.
January is recognized as National Stalking Prevention and Awareness Month. During this month, Health Promotion in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life host interactive events that bring awareness to the prevalence of stalking in our communities, educate our campus on the signs of stalking, demonstrate different ways that bystanders can help to prevent violence, and provide information on effective ways to support victims and survivors.
Stalking occurs when someone repeatedly harasses or threatens another person to the point of causing fear or safety concerns. It is estimated that over 25 million Americans have experienced at least one form of stalking in their lifetime. At Texas A&M, 19.4% of students who participated in a recent survey indicated that they had experienced at least one type of stalking behavior since enrolling at the university (AAU Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, 2019; N=3,140). Stalking impacts individuals across the lifespan and anyone can experience this crime regardless of their identity. The majority of stalking victims/survivors are stalked by someone they know; most often, the offender is a current or former intimate partner. For more evidence-based information on stalking, we recommend starting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are a victim or survivor of stalking, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Victim Connect Hotline, 1−855-4-VICTIM (842846). If you would like additional information on both confidential and non-confidential resources on the Texas A&M campus and in the Bryan/College Station communities, please contact our office at email@example.com.
April is recognized as Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. During this month, Health Promotion strives to educate our campus community about the warning signs of sexual violence, how to stop potential acts of violence from occurring, and how to support those who have been impacted by sexual violence.
Sexual violence can include sexual harassment, sexual assault (rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape), and sexual exploitation. It can occur as a singular crime or in tandem with other types of physical and non-physical violence. Anyone, regardless of their identity, can experience sexual violence. In at least 80 percent of reported cases, the perpetrator is known to the victim/survivor. Here at Texas A&M University, 14.1% of female undergraduate students, 4% of male undergraduate students, and 5.3% of transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming, or questioning (TGQN) undergraduate students who participated in a recent survey stated that they had experienced penetration by physical force or inability to consent (AAU Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, 2019; N=2,607). For more evidence-based information on stalking, we recommend starting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are a victim or survivor of sexual violence, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673). You may also reach out to the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Brazos Valley 24/7 at 979-731-1000. If you would like additional information on both confidential and non-confidential resources on the Texas A&M campus and in the Bryan/College Station communities, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Silent Witness Project is Texas A&M University's traveling memorial to victims of dating and domestic violence. The Offices of the Dean of Student Life has hosted this exhibit since 2004 in order to increase awareness and education about how these issues impact our state and local communities.
The Silent Witness exhibit contains 10 red, life-sized silhouettes, each representing a victim who lost their life through an act of dating or domestic violence. Each silhouette includes a shield with a summary about the victim.
Texas A&M's Silent Witness Project is part of the Silent Witness National Initiative, whose goal is to eliminate domestic violence-related homicides in the United States. Find out more about the National Initiative.
The STAND Up workshop is designed to assist individuals in learning positive and helpful ways to have conversations with those who have been involved in a traumatic event. The workshop provides information about sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking; social perspectives; the impacts of trauma on the brain; listening techniques; tools for mandated reporters; and campus and community resources. You can learn more by attending a free training on campus, or by requesting a training for your student organization, department, or classroom.
Due to COVID-19, the UPD Self-Defense courses have been placed on hold. We will resume these classes once it is safe and healthy for all involved. UPD Self-Defense is a 4-hour self-defense class that teaches easy to learn techniques for a variety of situations. During the class, participants learn situational awareness, how to better protect themselves, and how to defend against an attacker. Class sizes are limited to 18 participants and registration is required. All UPD Self-Defense classes are held on campus at the University Police Department, located at 1111 Research Parkway.
Aggie WellTalk is a biweekly podcast designed to help you maximize your well-being. Covering topics not typically explored in our regular programming, host Megan Buck and relevant guests engage in conversation and provide resources for student wellness and growth. View past Aggie WellTalk episodes on YouTube.
Wellness coaching is a way for you to reach your goals and create the life you want. It gives you an opportunity to explore your strengths while focusing on your health and wellbeing. On average, wellness coaching lasts about 45 minutes for 3-4 appointments, depending on the individual needs of each student. It is free to all enrolled Texas A&M students. Wellness coaching is not a replacement for counseling. Wellness coaches can provide you a list of available resources if needed. To sign up for Aggie Wellness Coaching, click here.
Body composition readings are currently not available. We invite you to sign up for Aggie Wellness Coaching (linked above) if you would like assistance in improving your health.
The TANITA body composition monitor provides a more accurate assessment of health than weight and body mass index (BMI) alone. The machine uses Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to distinguish the number of pounds (or kg) associated with fat, free fat mass (such as connective tissue and muscle) and body water. Knowing your numbers is the first step in improving (or maintaining) your optimal level of health!
Have questions about a particular health topic? Looking for help in how to apply healthy behaviors while in college or living on campus? Schedule a time to meet with a staff member and discuss issues related to your health by calling 979.845.0280 or emailing email@example.com.
The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that allows us to learn about students’ health. The information you provide directly impacts how we devote our resources to support your academic achievement and personal development throughout your time in Aggieland. The NCHA is one of the strongest ways students can influence health promotion on campus. For more information about the NCHA, including statistics about Texas A&M students, visit studentlife.tamu.edu/hp/ncha.
Safe Spring break is a fun filled evening with a variety of campus and community partners committed to helping students make safe and responsible choices during Spring Break! The event is broken up into sections, “Before You Go”, “While You’re There”, and “When You Get Back”, and includes activities such as the Standard Drink Size Pour station, bystander intervention, CPR, mock field sobriety tests, pedal car races, and a variety of other spring break resources.