The purpose of the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education is to promote healthy low-risk behaviors and responsible decision concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs by providing preventive and educational services to Carolina students.

The Time for Change Research Project

The Time for Change Research Project is an one year grant designed to address crime in hospitality districts frequented by USC students. The project is being conducted through the collaboration of the USC Department of Student Life, the Carolina Community Coalition, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Office. The goal of the study is to develop recommendations for a comprehensive strategy grounded in an understanding of environmental and structural risk factors and evidence-based solutions to improve safety in Columbia’s hospitality districts. To learn more about the Time for Change Research Project, please click here.

Transportation Study

Part of the Time for Change Research Project includes a transportation study. This study aims to examine student safety and alcohol-related harms experienced by students. Researchers are interested in determining if USC’s late-night shuttle bus to and from Five Points is positively contributing to student safety and reducing alcohol-related harms. Researchers are also seeking to determine the volume of use of the shuttle. For any student who has taken the shuttle and wishes to contribute to this study, please take the short survey by following this link:

If you have any questions or comments concerning this research project, please contact Danielle Gentile at or (716) 969-5386.

Executive Summaries

Executive Summary 2011-12
Executive Summary 2012-13
Executive Summary 2013-14

EverFi Regional Symposium – Rhonda DiNovo and Marguerite O’Brien Presentation
EverFi Regional Symposium – EverFi Presentation

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