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Message from the Program Coordinator

The students in recovery in this program have made the decision to desist entirely from the use of alcohol and other drugs and are committed to a program of action that will maximize their chances of achieving long-term recovery while meeting their educational (and other life) goals. Some of our students live in ROAR House, our dedicated on-campus recovery housing. The Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community embodies everything that is great about Penn State: Excellence, support for one's fellow students, service to the community, and strong alumni support. Come see for yourself this powerful and highly personalized program and the success that students regularly find within our tight-knit community.

Jason Whitney
Program Coordinator
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About the Program

Penn State’s main recovery programming consists of five peer-support recovery seminars each week, during which students discuss issues related to being a student in recovery at Penn State. The Collegiate Recovery Community also offers a Friends and Family Peer Support Meeting, which supports Penn State students impacted by another's alcohol or drug use.  

The Collegiate Recovery Community coordinates a wide range of activities and travel opportunities; offers academic advocacy, student conduct advocacy, admissions advocacy, and a supportive alumni community.  Scholarship and award opportunities are available to active members.  Much of our focus is on community building-activities, such as our Tuesday lunches, where students meet at our center between 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM to eat and socialize.  

All students wishing to become members of the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community sign a Membership Agreement in which the member agrees to remain free of alcohol and other drugs, to attend at least one of the peer-support seminars weekly, and to work a program outside the Collegiate Recovery Community, which entails attending 12-step meetings (or an equivalent) and regular work with a sponsor (or equivalent). 

Two affiliated organizations are crucial to the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community: Our affiliated student organization, Lions for Recovery, and our Alumni group, Lions in Recovery.

Although our Program is at University Park only, we welcome any inquiries from students at any Commonwealth campuses, and we are always hoping to involve any Penn State alums who are in recovery or who support recovery at Penn State.


106 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-0140

Email: contact the coordinator