Tobacco Prevention & Cessation

Both our department and the Carell-Huntington Health Department offer free smoking cessation classes. For online information about quitting tobacco, click here. To learn more, call us at 304-696-4800 or email shep@marshall.edu.

We work actively with the Marshall University’s chapter of the WV Against Tobacco (WV @) Coalition in banning tobacco use on campus. In 2008, WV @ helped in eliminating smoking floors in residence halls, making all residence halls 100% smoke-free. Additionally, WV @ collaborated efforts with Cabell County Health Department to ban smoking in bars in Cabell County in 2010.

All tobacco, including electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, are prohibited on Marshall University property since our campus became tobacco free in June 2013. The ban applies to all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors.

Alcohol Awareness

We provide alcohol education presentations known as BASICSBrief Alcohol Screening in College Students. The program combines brief motivational intervention with Marshall student social norms regarding alcohol use.

The AlcoholEdu is an online course that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. The course takes approximately two hours to complete. (Note: You will need a printer to print your feedback).

Substance Abuse

Though it is not talked about in college settings as much as alcohol use or sexual health, substance abuse still affects a number of college students and young adults in general. Illegal drugs are not permitted on Marshall’s campus. 


An issue on Marshall’s campus that SHEP takes great strides in educating and preventing students from is marijuana use. A new addition to the SHEP education materials is an online education class, which can be accessed here.

Other Illegal Drugs

Though it is not a major topic of discussion, illegal street drugs are still a reality in West Virginia. Methamphetamine labs and heroin use are two of the more pronounced problems in the state of West Virginian (DEA), with cocaine also being available in many cities in the state.

Prescription Drug Abuse

According to SAMHSA, the state of WV exceeded the national rate in 2005-2006 on self-reported “nonmedical use of pain relievers in the past year” in all age groups, especially 18-25 year olds. It is illegal to take prescription drugs that have been obtained without a written prescription from a doctor. It is also illegal to share your prescribed drugs with others, as it is seen as a controlled substance.

Additional Information

The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or Code of Conduct, reflects the university community’s expectations and standards established for each of its members. Please review an updated copy of Marshall’s Student Handbook.