Protective Behaviors

Protective behaviors are practical and are intended to reduce the negative consequences of high-risk drinking. These behaviors are nonjudgmental and supportive of anyone who wants to minimize risk associated with toxic alcohol consumption.

  • Abstinence - Don't drink alcohol
  • Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid binge drinking (drinking games)
  • Choose alternatives both on-campus and off-campus
  • Keep track of all alcoholic drinks consumed
  • Know what is defined as a standard drink
  • Never leave a drink unattended
  • Pace drinks to only 1 or fewer per hour
  • Plan ahead for a safe way home (have 2-3 plans in place)
  • Stay with friends and watch out for one another
  • Utilize resources, such as Safe Ride1 and Safe Bus

Jayhawk Buddy System

The Jayhawk Buddy System is a protective campaign designed to encourage you to make healthy choices and help your friends stay safe and avoid trouble. It is built on the longstanding tradition that Jayhawks care for one another. The campaign acknowledges that students are strongly influenced by social expectations, the environment and their personal values. Research indicates that the vast majority of students generally make healthy and responsible choices. The Jayhawk Buddy System is designed to show you that your peers and community support your responsible behavior.

The intent of the Jayhawk Buddy System is to empower you to intervene when one of your friends is moving in a direction that is likely to result in arrest, injury or other undesirable consequences. The goals are for you to address your buddy while he or she is still able to listen to reason; take steps to distance, defuse, divert, or deescalate a potentially damaging situation; and encourage behaviors associated with personal and academic success.


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