AOD Education & Community Engagement



The AOD program also provides interactive educational sessions for classroom infusion, fraternity and sorority life, and registered student organizations. The primary emphasis of these presentations is on basic knowledge, harm reduction, and risk management. The presentations are evaluated annually to ensure they consistently meet or exceed established benchmarks and desired outcomes.

TIPS Certification Workshops- Training for Intervention Procedures

The AOD program provides intervention training workshops by implementing the TIPS University curriculum. The TIPS University Program builds on students’ concern for the safety of their peers. Through TIPS Training, students learn decision-making skills and increase confidence to intervene in difficult alcohol-related situations.

This non-judgmental approach helps students from all facets of campus life promote safe social behaviors and learn Interpersonal skills that empower them to effectively intervene in challenging alcohol-related situations.

Students that complete the TIPS Training will receive nationally recognized certification and can enhance liability protection for student organizations while keeping their peers safe. Training sessions are three hours and certification is good for three years.

To request a TIPS training workshop and become certified, please contact Kara Zeiter at

Be Responsible About Drinking (B.R.A.D.)

The AOD program, in partnership with the B.R.A.D. Foundation, reaches out to every MSU student on their 21st birthday to wish them a happy, safe birthday and provide education about the risks associated with some of the more extreme 21st birthday celebration practices.  In conjunction with the mailed birthday cards, the AOD program has partnered with the Responsible Hospitality Council (RHC) of East Lansing to adopt best management practices to help safely manage 21st birthday celebrations that occur within local alcohol-serving establishments.

Environmental Management and Community Partnership

The AOD office works with community and student groups, city officials, and campus decision-makers to advise on policies related to health and safety issues associated with alcohol and other drug use. Additionally, data regarding student use of alcohol and other drugs are collected through the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The NCHA is administered every other year. The results are made available to student groups, faculty, staff and community partners to assist in decision making, policy development, and resource allocation. In addition, a yearly Celebrations Survey is conducted as part of the social norms program, to determine drinking patterns and norms during celebratory events. This data is used to inform campaign messages and guide decisions regarding how best to manage and plan for key celebratory events.