Protective Behaviors

Protective behaviors are behaviors that students should be doing to stay safe!  Below are tips and tools that are non-judgmental, practical, and proactive to empower students in their decisions.

  • Abstain...don't drink alcohol
  • Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid drinking games (binge drinking)
  • Choose alternatives both on-campus and off-campus
  • Determine in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks
  • Eat before and/or during drinking
  • Have a friend let you know when you have had enough
  • Keep track of how many drinks being consumed
  • Know what is defined as a standard drink
  • Pace drinks to 1 or fewer per hour
  • Stay with the same group of friends the entire time drinking
  • Utilize resources, such as Safe Ride1 and Safe Bus

Jayhawk Buddy System

The Jayhawk Buddy System is a student developed protective behavior campaign designed to help students stay safe, whether they choose to drink alcohol or not.  This campaign also incorporates social norms (standards of proper or acceptable behavior); furthermore, most KU students make good decisions in utilizing protective behaviors.  There is a longstanding tradition that Jayhawks care for one another and this campaign supports that tradition. Always remember, Jayhawks ACT, Buddy Up!


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