A recent study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs specifically endorses “...college/community collaborative programs, and evidence-supported policies to reduce...drinking and related problems." The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) identifies environmental interventions for preventing alcohol-related harm, such as restricting alcohol promotions, enforcing underage drinking laws, mitigating cheap alcohol availability through sensible alcohol excise tax policies, social host regulations, and responsible service training for beverage service providers. Since 2005, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass Amherst) and the city of Amherst, Massachusetts have pursued a multi-faceted collaboration to address these factors and promote a safe and healthy environment for campus and community that is more conducive to learning.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), hosted a webinar to discuss collaborative efforts by the Town of Amherst, MA and UMass Amherst. This collaboration strives to maintain a safe and livable environment in off-campus neighborhoods and sustain a focus on the health and safety of students.