Services and Programs

The Roger Williams University Alcohol Incident Referral (AIR) Program

The AIR program at Roger Williams University is an educational/assessment program done by the Health Education office in cooperation with the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and Residence Life. Students violating any alcohol or other drug use campus/housing policy can be sanctioned to the AIR program. It consists of an alcohol or drug use assessment in combination with education.

Student Conduct Personnel and the Coordinators of Residence Education (COREs) are trained in the use of state of the art components for brief interventions. Motivational interviewing skills form the basis of the session. COREs follow the BASICS model (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) which is a harm reduction approach. BASICS combines capability deficits as well as developmental and motivational aspects. This model assumes that (1) many of these students lack important information and coping skills to drink moderately; (2) certain developmental milestones contribute to heavy drinking (e.g. separation from parents and assumption of adult activities); and (3) personal factors (e.g. faulty beliefs about alcohol) and environmental factors (e.g. peer pressure, heavy-drinking friends, cultural mindset of "drink until drunk") inhibit the use of behavioral skills that the students possess. The primary goal is to move a student in the direction of reducing risky behaviors and harmful effects of drinking as opposed to focusing explicitly on a specific drinking goal (e.g. abstinence).

One-on-one Sessions with the Director of Health Education

For serious alcohol incidences or those involving illegal drugs, students may be sanctioned to meet individually with the Director of Health Education. In this session, a Brief Motivational Interviewing strategy is used. Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.

The spirit of the method can be characterized in a few key points:

  1. Motivation to change is elicited from the client and not imposed from without.
  2. It is the client's task, not the counselor's, to articulate and resolve his or her ambivalence.
  3. Direct persuasion is not used.
  4. The counseling style is usually a quiet and eliciting one.
  5. The counselor is directive in helping the client to examine and resolve ambivalence.
  6. Readiness to change is not a client trait, but a fluctuating product of interpersonal interaction.
  7. The therapeutic relationship is more like a partnership or companionship than expert/recipient roles.

Other Individual Assessments, Consultations, Wellness Coaching, and Motivational Interviewing Sessions for Positive Behavior Change in All Lifestyle Areas

Wellness, Nutrition, Non-Sanctioned Alcohol and Drug Use assessments, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, Relationships, and other health topics

Wellness Resources

The Wellness program has a variety of video’s, books, journals, articles, bulletin boards, and brochures are available for loan to the RWU community. It also creates educational materials available in the recreation center.


All incoming freshmen are required to take this on-line educational course on alcohol use and prevention.

Campus Promotions

The HAWEs promote campus wide educational campaigns on a variety of health topics. These include social norms campaigns which address the differences between perception and actual behavior, educational tables that stand alone or are combined with other events on campus, poster campaigns, print ads in the Hawk's Herald, and local community action.

Workshops and Presentations

Anyone who is interested in programming with the Health and Wellness Educators can contact the Director of the Health Education office or the HAWEs directly via email.

Phone: 401-254-3413      

Bulletin Board In A Box Program For Residence Halls:

The Health Education office also has reusable bulletin boards available for check-out through the Department of Residence Life.

Description of Bulletin Boards Available:

·         Cold and Flu

·         Eat This Not That 

·         Valentine’s campaign

·         Spring Break Tips

·         Sex is Like Pizza

·         25 Tips to Live By

·         Consent

·         Nutrition

·         Colorful Eating

·         Energy Drinks

·         Tips for the Holidays

·         Great American Smoke Out

·         Marijuana

·         Poison Ivy

·         Freshman Survival Skills

·         What’s On Your Plate

If you have any questions about programming with the HAWEs or the bulletin board program, please call our office at 401-254-3491.