Penn State Brandywine received a $15,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) as part of the Alcohol Education Grant program, which helps organizations across the state curb underage drinking. The campus has been awarded the maximum amount of funds for the past two years.
Some universities and organizations will use the grant monies for increased security and police presence, according to a PLCB press release. However, at Penn State Brandywine, "the grant monies will be used to increase education and counseling services on campus," said Director of Student Affairs Matthew Shupp, whose efforts secured the grant monies for the campus. One of the programs the grant will support is the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program, designed to help students make less risky alcohol use decisions. Implemented as a part of the Student Code of Conduct, it stipulates that students found in violation of campus drinking rules will undergo treatment in this program, he added.
In addition, Brandywine will use the funds to increase support services for students to identify and assess risks for underage or binge drinking and curb these behaviors. According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol is the most commonly used drug among teens and young adults. The services made possible by the PLCB grant are designed to protect students and support their general well being.