Fashion Institute of Technology Uses MyStudentBody to Support “Dry Campus” Policy
Located on Seventh Avenue in the heart of New York City,
the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a leading-edge fashion institute
that aims to prepare students for professional excellence in design, fashion,
and business through an educational experience that fosters “creativity, career
focus, and a global perspective.”
The Fashion Institute of Technology's (FIT) course
offerings and degree programs reflect the Institute’s focus on preparing
students to thrive in the contemporary world of fashion. Students can major in
more than 30 fields, in such diverse areas as Fashion Design, Visual Art
Management, and Computer Animation and Interactive Media. The Institute offers
both undergraduate and graduate programs, awarding Associate Degrees, Bachelor
Degrees, and Masters Degrees.
Recognizing the connection between students’ health and
academic performance, FIT has adopted a strong drug and alcohol abuse
prevention policy. As part of the policy, the Institute has chosen to
make its campus in downtown Manhattan a “dry campus.”
Of the 11,000 full- and part-time students enrolled at
FIT, approximately 2,300 live on campus. FIT works to educate every student
about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse, and requires those living on campus
to agree to the dry campus policy and complete an alcohol education course.
“That includes first-year students, summer students, and any returning
upperclassmen who want to live on campus,” says Gabrielle Arthurton-Crumb,
Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs at FIT.
In addition to the challenge of reaching every student
with consistent health education, FIT strives to deliver information in a way
that makes sense to students. “In the 21st century, communication is
technology-based, and young adults are used to instant responses,” explains
While it may be quick and easy for students to find
health information on the Internet, not all of the information is trustworthy.
To protect students, FIT works to provide students with easy access to accurate
health information -- including information about emerging health risks, such
as the risks of misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants and painkillers.
After investigating several online prevention programs,
FIT chose to implement MyStudentBody. The program integrates student courses on
drugs and alcohol, a 24/7 online student wellness resource, a parent-based
intervention, and a set of specially developed tools and resources for campus
health administrators. Every school that subscribes to MyStudentBody has access
to each component of the program at no extra charge.
According to Arthurton-Crumb, FIT chose MyStudentBody
because it is “user friendly,” and through brief motivational self-assessments
in six topic areas, the program helps FIT deliver comprehensive health
education that is tailored to individual students.Back To Case Studies
“MyStudentBody allows us to provide students with essential health information
that is both accurate and presented in an interesting way. They can get answers
to questions they might not otherwise ask, for various reasons -- they're
embarrassed, they think they should already know the answer, etc. The program
also allows them to ‘personalize’ the website to reflect their interests and
needs,” she explains.
In addition, says Arthurton-Crumb, MyStudentBody offers student courses on both
alcohol and drugs, and FIT makes use of both courses.
“With the launch of MyStudentBody-Drugs, we have the opportunity not only to
offer freshmen the Alcohol course, but also to offer our upperclassmen a
different but equally valuable course,” she explains. “The Drugs course helps
us to address not only the use of illegal drugs such as marijuana, but also the
increased use of prescription drugs on college campuses.”
FIT administrators are able to monitor students’ progress in the Drugs and Alcohol
courses online, and access aggregate, anonymous data on students’ self-reported
behaviors. These data allow administrators to identify the unique health
challenges on their campus, and to track changes in behavior over time.
“The system is easy to use, and the reports allow for accurate tracking,”
Finally, says Arthurton-Crumb, FIT administrators have found that
MyStudentBody’s staff is responsive and strives to meet FIT’s evolving
“There is a strong customer service, for both our students and staff,” she
says. “The MyStudentBody staff is open and receptive to our suggestions and
requests for features that we'd like to see so that the program reaches its
full potential. And the website is always improving.”