Community Coalition

The TC Community Coalition was established in 2018 to carry out the prevention strategies of the College Environmental Prevention Grant. The Coalition is vital to bringing key stakeholders to the table to help with choosing and implementing effective environmental strategies to prevent and reduce underage drinking and substance use and its negative consequences. 

Our Mission

The TC Community Coalition works to promote responsible decision-making about alcohol and other drug use.

We identify factors supporting high-risk and illegal drinking and drug use; analyze data; and implement proven and promising strategies to create positive change. Together, we seek to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our communities.

Best Life Campaign Banner with text reading 7 out of 10 TC students don't smoke weed on a regular basis

Tompkins Cortland Best Life Campaign

The Tompkins Cortland Best Life Campaign is a campus-wide health communication initiative that promotes positive academic and social behavior in our campus community. Using a blend of statistics and messages around mental, physical, and emotional health, Best Life speaks to students in a non-judgmental way with respect and empathy. AT its core, Best Life is a social norming campaign focused on reducing the consequences of alcohol and drug use.

Did you know that 7 out of 10 Tompkins Cortland students don't like to drink or only drink 1 - 3 drinks when they do? And that 7 out of 20 students haven't smoked marijuana in the past month? Using drugs and alcohol is not the norm here.

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Gathering and Sharing Information

Student Survey

Every other Fall, hundreds of TC students are surveyed to track their beliefs and behaviors around alcohol. Survey data helps the Coalition identify issues and trends, while evaluating the impact of its strategies.

Focus Groups

Student focus groups help gather data for our needs assessment and develop and evaluate messages used in marketing materials as well as programs/prevention strategies.

Strengthening Policies

The Policy & Enforcement Workgroup remain committed to the reviewing of the AOD Policies. 

Implementing SBIRT

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to treatment (SBIRT) started Fall 2018 in our Health Center.  SBIRT is a structured set of questions and a brief follow-up discussion between a person and a health care provider designed to address alcohol and drug use problems.

College Environmental Prevention Grant

In 2017, Tompkins Cortland was awarded the College Environmental Prevention Grant through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The goal of the grant is to prevent and reduce underage alcohol consumption and other drug (AOD) use. This goal will be achieved through the attainment of the following 4 objectives:

  • Reducing alcohol and drug access on the campus and in the surrounding community
  • Reducing availability of alcohol and drugs to the targeted college student population
  • Changing attitudes and norms that support college underage drinking and drug use including prescription drug misuse and
  • Provide Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services to college students as appropriate

Contact Information

Sara Watrous
College AOD Prevention Coordinator |

607.844.8222, Ext. 4539