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Substance Use and Abuse Advisory Committee

Established in response to the CSU Action Plan for Substance Abuse (AAES 90-93; January, 1990), the Substance Use and Abuse Advisory Committee (SUAAC) is advisory to the President on campus substance use and abuse issues.  The committee shall plan and coordinate a comprehensive educational program; develop and review administrative procedures related to alcohol and drug use and abuse; coordinate campus efforts to reduce substance use and abuse and its effects; monitor and ensure compliance with campus, system, state and federal policies; and facilitate collaborative community partnerships.

SUAAC Funding Requests

Deadline for Requests in the 2016 Fiscal Year: May 31, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Substance Use and Abuse Advisory Committee Funds (SUAAC).  SUAAC provides the Cal Poly Campus community with funds to support alcohol and drug prevention efforts, as well as, proactive programming that enriches the health and wellbeing of our campus community.   

There are three ways current Cal Poly faculty, staff and students can apply for funds.

  1. Requests of $1500 or less may be made per program and will be reviewed on a monthly basis by the SUAAC funding committee. Requests are reviewed upon order of receipt.  Programs with preferred qualifications are given higher priority. Multiple requests from different entities may not be made for the same program/event.
  2. Any funding requests larger than $1500.00 will be reviewed on a monthly basis and a formal presentation to the SUAAC funding committee is required. The program proposal must be submitted at least a quarter in advance of the proposed program date.

Objectives and guidelines as outlined by SUAAC:

A “proposed program”, is defined as an event, project, service or activity, directly benefiting the Cal Poly Community with goals or outcomes to:

  1. Improve the social environment through substance free alterative programming.
  2. Provide a safe and secure environment for all members of campus.
  3. Promote principles of healthy choices and activities.
  4. Provide leadership opportunities that directly impact Cal Poly Students.
  5. Encourage and educate others about cultural diversity and inclusion.
  6. Foster collaborations across diverse disciplines.
  7. Conduct service learning opportunities to impact community well-being.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Programs or events hosted on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 5:00pm – 2:00am.
  2. Programs or events hosted on high risk-holidays such as Cesar Chavez Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Athletic Events, Halloween, and others.
  3. Programs or events that are open to the entire Cal Poly Campus.
  4. Programs or events that have specific learning objectives geared towards healthy choices and alternatives.

Examples of SUAAC funded programs:

  • Alternative Events that would distract from drinking/partying.
  • Guest Speakers directly impacting student development on the topics of leadership, campus involvement, healthy lifestyle, bystander intervention.
  • CPR Trainings that help promote campus safety.
  • Programs that emphasize safety, healthy alternatives and healthy behaviors.

How to request funds:

Deadline for Requests in the 2016 Fiscal Year: May 31, 2017.

Step 1:  Fill out a SUAAC Application Form.

Things to include:

  • Program Name/Date/Time/Location
  • Contact Information
  • Professional Staff/Faculty Adviser (if no adviser available, one of the SUAAC committee members can serve as an adviser for the event).
  • Proposed Budget
  • Goal/Outcomes
  • Estimated number of Attendees
  • Sponsoring Organization/Department

Step 2:  SUAAC Committee will review requests on a monthly or quarterly basis.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • SUAAC Committee may request additional information.
  • SUAAC Committee may request a formal presentation, regardless of funding amount.

Step 3:  SUAAC Committee will contact funding requester if approved or denied.

Step 4:  Receipts for proposed program, must be submitted within 14 days of the event date. 

  • Reimbursements will only be available, unless an invoice can be provided and the full amount is approved by the SUAAC committee.
  • SUAAC funds are not to be considered a sustainable source of funding for long term projects.  

It is the requestor's sole responsibility to ensure that all expense documentation, receipts and payments are made within 14 days of the event date.  Reimbursements will only be available and must be claimed up to 60-days after the event.  Invoices may be paid in advance, if approved in the full amount by the SUAAC committee.

If you have any questions about the funds you are requesting and need further clarification, please do not hesitate to email

The SUAAC Funding Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month to review and discuss all funding requests.


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