The objectives of the biennial review as identified by the U.S. Department of Education include determining the effectiveness of and implementing any needed changes to all Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs at the University of Houston and the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Policy; and ensuring that the disciplinary sanctions for violating standards of conduct are enforced consistently. This is done in compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations, 34 CFR Part 86, or The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
This Biennial Review includes:
- Review of alcohol and other drug (AOD) programming that occurs on the UH campus, their specific goals, and a measurement of their effectiveness. Consideration is given to the consistency of sanction enforcement. Recommendations made for revision to UH’s existing Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs are also detailed.
- Summary of AOD program effectiveness and areas of improvement.
- Presentation of alcohol and drug-based data collected through student surveying, conduct violations, police citations, and psychological intakes to assist in measurement of policy and programming effectiveness and to identify areas of need. Consideration is given to the consistency of sanction enforcement.
- Reviewing UH’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Policy, as well as subsequent programming and intervention methods to assist in the measurement of effectiveness and identifying areas of need. Recommendations have been made for improving the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Policy, as well as any related procedures.
- Discussion of how the program and policy review, along with assessment data, has impacted effectiveness and led to the consistency of enforcement.
- Procedures for distributing annual AOD notifications to students, faculty and staff – along with copies of the 2015 communications. These procedures are undertaken to educate members of the campus community about the Drug and Alcohol Prevention policy, and the sanctions imposed to enforce it.