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Upon request, the Student Health Service (SHS) offers training on substance-abuse issues to students, faculty, and staff through special in-house training programs. Call 412-383-4920 for more information. Several self-help support groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, also meet on campus. Mental health professionals and a certified drug and alcohol counselor are also available at the University Counseling Center, located within the Wellness Center on the second floor of Mark A. Nordenberg Hall, to assist students with substance-abuse problems. Call 412-648-7930 for more information.

Alcohol/Drug Policies

Drug and Alcohol Education Programs

All incoming freshmen are required to participate in AlcoholEdu for College—an online, science-based alcohol prevention and education program focusing on the impact of alcohol on the mind and body, which takes approximately two hours to complete and includes a 45-day follow-up.

Pitt complies with the federal Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free Schools Act. The University annually distributes information about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and available alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation, and assistance programs to all students, faculty, and staff through mailings, the Student Code of Conduct, and online.

The University of Pittsburgh Personal Education, Assistance, and Referral (PEAR) program aims to reduce drug and alcohol abuse by:

  • Increasing awareness of the implications of alcohol or other drug use, and the role these substances play on the college campus.
  • Increasing understanding of how the misuse of alcohol and other drug abuse can be detrimental to friendships, to a sense of personal worth and value, and to the general healthy functioning of the individual.
  • Identifying and referring students who may be developing substance abuse problems to the University of Pittsburgh’s network of support.
  • Challenging students to evaluate their use of, or involvement with, alcohol or other drugs and to learn responsible decision-making skills.
  • Describing healthy lifestyle alternatives to substance abuse and encouraging students to adopt them.

Students may decide to participate in the PEAR program voluntarily, or they may be referred as part of a disciplinary action. Completion of the program requires payment of $50 fee, attendance at two 120-minute education sessions, as well as a final assessment interview with the instructor.

Q: What are some other resources I can access for help with alcohol or substance abuse?
A: Pitt provides an office dedicated to wellness education for students. Anyone within the Pitt community is welcome to refer students or to call for educational services. For more information, contact the Office of Health Education and Promotion of the Student Health Service (SHS) at 412-383-1830 or visit SHS at Mark A. Nordenberg Hall, 119 University Place, Wellness Center, second floor.


University of Pittsburgh Police EMERGENCIES 4-2121
or Noncampus Phone
General Assistance 4-4040
or 412-624-4040

Sexual Assault Services

Student Health Service

University Counseling Center

Student Conduct

Environmental Health and Safety

412-648-CALL (2255)


City of Pittsburgh Police,
Fire, Ambulance 911

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
24-hour hotline 1-866-363-7273

Center for Victims of
Violence and Crime

24-hour hotline 412-392-8582

Pennsylvania Department
of Public Welfare
ChildLine for abuse reporting


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