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Dutchess Campus / Community Coalition

We work together to solve the problems of high-risk drinking in our Community

Mission & Goals

The Campus / Community Coalition was established to address high-risk drinking and its harmful effects on students at local college campuses and in the community. The Coalition is part of a national effort to reduce alcohol consumption among college students.

The goals of the Coalition are to:

  • Reduce rates of high-risk drinking among College students
  • Reduce the second-hand effects of high-risk drinking experienced by students and community members
  • Improve the quality of academic and social life for all students
  • Enhance the relationship between area colleges and their neighboring communities

To achieve these goals the Coalition is engaged in on-going efforts designed to develop an environment which encourages responsible decisions about alcohol consumption on campus and in the community. These efforts include:

  • Heightening awareness among students of the level of binge drinking on campus, as well as the consequences and long-term effects of this behavior
  • Working with college administration, student groups, and cultural organizations in the community to offer alcohol-free entertainment
  • Building partnerships with local government officials, community leaders, and bar and restaurant owners to develop community-based solutions
  • Advocating changes to campus alcohol policies and city and state alcohol-related laws to support an environment of responsible drinking
  • Monitoring and promoting enforcement of alcohol-related policies and laws


Coalition Members:

  • City of Poughkeepsie Police
  • Council on Addiction Prevention & Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Dutchess Community College
  • Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene
  • Dutchess County District Attorney's Office
  • Dutchess County Tavern Owners
  • Fairview Fire Department
  • Family Services Crime Victims Assistance Program
  • Local Elected Officials
  • Local Tavern/Business Owners
  • Local and County Politicians
  • Marist College
  • Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce
  • Saint Francis Hospital
  • State Liquor Authority
  • Town of Hyde Park Police
  • Town of Poughkeepsie Police
  • Vassar College

How to Join

The Campus / Community Coalition is always open to new membership. If you would like to become part of this Coalition, working together to solve problems in the community, do not hesitate to contact:

Steve Sansola
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 575-3517
Fax: (845) 575-3520
Steve.Sansola@Marist.edu