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Table 1 Final list of mandatory action points included in the REACT Programme

From: Responding to excessive alcohol consumption in third-level (REACT): a study protocol

1. All incoming students are strongly encouraged to take an online brief intervention tool A target of 33% of incoming first-year students to have completed e-PUB (or other brief intervention tool if already in place) must be met before a college/university/institute of technology is deemed to have achieved this mandatory action point. Statistics should be presented to a relevant college committee on an annual basis
2. A college alcohol policy is developed in line with the ‘National Framework to Develop a College Alcohol Policy’ Develop a college alcohol policy in line with the ‘National Framework to Develop a College Alcohol Policy’
3. President of the college commits to the REACT programme Ensure that the President of the college (or equivalent management figure) signs a three-year commitment to the college actively pursuing the criteria set out by the REACT programme’s Action Point List
4. A Steering Committee is formed, comprising staff and students, and chaired by a senior college official, with meetings taking place twice a year (minimum) and the Action Plan reviewed annually Form a Steering Committee which will:
a) Have student and staff representation
b) Be chaired by a senior college official
c) Have a member of the Gardaí, a member of the local council and a member of the Local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force as committee members
d) Meet a minimum of twice a year
e) Review the college Alcohol Action Plan annually
5. Safety issues in the context of alcohol are considered while planning all large-scale student events Present and discuss an agenda item relating to alcohol and safety issues on the agenda of all SU, Student Society and Student Club meetings regarding large-scale student entertainment events at which alcohol will be available – for example, college balls, gigs and Raise & Give week
6. A tracking and reporting mechanism is established for key alcohol-related harm indicators Establish a tracking and reporting mechanism that will track key alcohol-related harm indicators – for example, injuries, anti-social behaviour, harm to relationships, studies
7. The college completes its own evaluation of the effectiveness of the alcohol action plan every three years Devise and complete an evaluation strategy to monitor the effectiveness of the alcohol action plan every three years
8. Relevant staff are trained in brief intervention Ensure that key individuals in student health and student experience are able to deliver brief intervention therapy around alcohol misuse and have a clear understanding of the internal referral pathways