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Education and Counseling

In order to promote an environment free of substance abuse, the college supports an active program of community awareness and education. This program extends to the misuse or abuse of controlled substances including prescription drugs, alcohol and other harmful substances. The college also offers assistance with confidential counseling. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to refer individuals who appear to be troubled by drug or alcohol use to one of these resources.

For students, such counseling is available through the Counseling Service (extension 2840). Students who are concerned about their own or others’ use of such substances may seek advice and counsel from appropriate college resources without fear of breach of normal rules of confidentiality or fear of punishment.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers confidential counseling for employees confronting substance abuse. Employees or supervisors can contact the EAP at 855-784-2056. The Office of Human Resources ( may be contacted for information on the EAP program.

In addition to the confidential counseling services mentioned above, several national hotlines can provide information and referral:

Information on Local 12-Step Programs (24 Hour)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: 1 (413) 532-2111*
    Al-Anon and Ala-teen: 1 (413) 782-3406
    • (Al-Anon is open to anyone whose life has been affected by another person's drinking)
    Narcotics Anonymous: 1 (800) 481-6871
National Alcohol Abuse and Drug 24-Hour Helpline: 1 (800) 252-6465

* local call from Northampton

This policy will be reviewed at least biennially to assess its effectiveness, to implement appropriate changes and to ensure that the disciplinary sanctions discussed are consistently enforced.

Revised: 12/21Reviewed 11/21