Clemson University Police Department

Alcohol and Drug Abuse and other Crisis Related Education Programs

The University provides the following emergency and specialized victim-assistance counseling to all members of the campus community.

Counseling and Psychological Services
Redfern Health Center offers students confidential counseling and psychological services that address a wide variety of developmental and psychological issues. These issues range from adjustments to the University environment and relationship problems, to more severe psychological disorders, such as alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. Additionally, counseling groups are available to students with learning disabilities, survivors of sexual trauma and adult children of alcoholics. Counseling services are provided using a time-limited, brief counseling model. Attention-deficit and learning-disability assessments are also offered. For information, call 864-656-2451.


Employee Assistance Program

The Office of Human Resources offers an employee assistance program (EAP) through an external employee assistance program provider. Services offered through this program are available to Clemson University faculty and staff and their dependents with a focus on the importance of work/life balance. Available services include personal, family and marriage counseling, financial and legal consultations, alcohol and drug abuse and other issues that may affect work or life balance. All counseling services are confidential. For additional information regarding the employee assistance program, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 864-656-2000 or visit the Office of Human Resources website at clemson.edu/employment/worklife/EAP.html

Crisis Response
The University provides immediate counseling services to faculty, staff and students in the event of a traumatic incident, whereas students are referred to Mental Health and Counseling provided by Redfern Health Center, and faculty and staff are referred to the Employee Assistance Program provided by the Office of Human Resources. The goal is to minimize or prevent post-trauma problems or other mental disorders, such as depression.

While trained to handle university-wide disaster situations, these counseling programs usually deal with situations of a more limited scope involving individuals, organizations and departments. Counseling programs facilitate debriefing meetings for those affected by a traumatic incident and coordinate individual counseling and referrals.

Rape Counseling
Rape victims should seek medical treatment at Redfern Health Center. Anyone may call and request medical transportation without divulging that he or she has been raped. The University Counseling and Psychological Services Center (864-656-2451) offers confidential counseling to rape victims and University police encourage victims to seek counseling. The Pickens County Rape Crisis Council is also available to assist rape victims. Call 864-442-5500 or send an email to pickensrcc@gmail.com for information. For additional resources see page 15.

Victim Assistance
The Clemson University Police Department assists all campus crime victims with referrals, transportation, court familiarization and compensation.

Healthy Campus
Our mission is to create a culture and/or environment that fosters health/wellness, safety and sustainability and enables our campus community members to acheive, learn and serve. We will achieve this by providing exemplary:

  • leadership and advocacy for public health policies and structures intended to improve health,
  • engaged learning activities: creative inquiry teams, internships, class projects
  • networks and partnerships of collaborators to achieve healthy campus objectives,
  • population-level interventions.

Healthy Campus collaborates with campus stakeholders to address campus and community health issues at all levels of the socio-ecological model — intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and public policy.

We design comprehensive initiatives using theory-based and evidence-informed practices to address priority student health issues and support the mission of the University. We focus on the following priority student health issues.

  • High-risk drinking
  • Illegal use of prescription and other drugs
  • Sexual violence
  • Mental health

Clemson University is committed to maintaining an environment that is healthy, safe and attractive for all members of the community. The University provides education, programs and policies to empower students to make responsible decisions relating to alcohol and other drug consumption. Healthy Campus coordinates the Clemson Community Coalition, the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Board and the Aspire to Intervene comprehensive bystander intervention campaign. Bystander intervention is a public health prevention strategy that encourages

witnesses to take safe action when they see a situation that might lead to dangerous behaviors. These skills can be utilized in many different circumstances, including those that involve:

  • alcohol and other drugs,
  • bias activity,
  • sexual misconduct,
  • hazing,
  • bullying, harassment or violence,
  • depression or suicide.

The Aspire campaign includes a large-scale social marketing campaign that shares the message that we expect all members of the Clemson family to take action when they see something that is not right.

A companion piece to this campaign is the face-to-face training students receive from their peers during the Aspire to be Well sessions. This 75-minute program is required for all new undergraduate students and all graduate students with an assistantship. This dialogue based, peer-facilitated training includes resources and skill-building activities to empower students to recognize problematic situations and to do something to help. For more information, contact Healthy Campus at 864-656-3053 or on the web at clemson.edu/healthy-campus. Healthy Campus is located on the third floor of Fike Recreation Center.