The University of California (UC)
Agencies of the State of California:
Understanding Alcohol Issues
The University of California has an on-going commitment to address the concern of alcohol-related problems on its ten campuses. Such alcohol-related problems threaten the health and academic success of our students, in addition to having a negative impact on our campuses and their surrounding communities. Recent research conducted at the National Institutes of Health shows that alcohol-related problems take a serious toll on colleges and universities, with 1,400 deaths each year among students being attributable to alcohol. It is also known that alcohol-related problems injure friends, acquaintances and innocent bystanders as well as the intoxicated individual, with over 1 million assaults and acts of vandalism and more than 2 million episodes of driving under the influence reported nationwide.
The University of California has long-standing prevention, education, and treatment programs in this area, many of which involve multiple campus units. The University, is deeply committed to further strengthening these efforts by building partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and other community members in order to reduce alcohol-related barriers to students' academic success and personal development. Some campuses already have established campus/community coalitions working on risk reduction efforts with local law enforcement and community leaders. Each campus has a program for the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse, including intervention and referral services and informational outreach programs to encourage students' participation in these services. However, in order for the University of California to be fully successful in its efforts to address student alcohol-related problems, collaboration and cooperation with all other stakeholders, including public agencies, is essential. The University must mobilize all available resources and take advantage of all potential synergies to address this persistent and difficult social and developmental problem.
Governor Davis and his Administration, recognizing that student alcohol-related problems are a statewide issue with health and safety consequences for many. local communities, are committed to supporting the efforts of the University of California system in addressing these problems by bringing together various departmental resources with the appropriate backgrounds, knowledge, and skills.
As a result, this Memorandum of Understanding was .created to delineate the cooperative agreement between governmental agencies of the State of California and the University of California.
The University of California (UC) and the Agencies of the State of California, agree to: