Linda Langford, Sc.D.
One of the most important practices that campus practitioners can adopt is to conduct a campus-specific assessment in order to describe the problem, its contributors and what is already in place to address it. This assessment is the first step in creating a strategic plan that is tailored to local campus circumstances. Based on the assessment, the planning team can then consider specific prevention approaches such as bystander intervention, responsible beverage service, norms correction, policy revision and other approaches, and assess whether these efforts (1) address a key part of the local problem; (2) complement existing efforts; and (3) are feasible given current resources. For each specific intervention chosen, it is important to follow any best practices that exist for that type of effort.