ROAR House - CRC Program Membership Agreement

The Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) is a community structured around a program of Student Affairs.  Membership in this program has various requirements.  Students’ collective commitments to the program are what make it possible for students to find a fulfilling college experience in recovery. The following are some benefits that accompany membership in the program of the Penn State CRC:

  • Members are eligible to apply for scholarship funds
  • Members have access to academic advising and advocacy
  • Members have access to leadership opportunities
  • Members have access to ROAR house and other housing assistance (i.e. roommate matching)
  • Members are eligible to apply to serve as ROAR House Program Assistant, a position that includes specialized training and waived housing costs.

Members agree to the following regulations:

  • Students will maintain abstinent recovery from alcohol and other substances. The Penn State CRC is based on abstinent recovery.  A student practicing abstinent recovery is permitted to use medications prescribed by a physician, kept in original packaging, and taken as directed provided these medications are prescribed by a physician and taken as directed. 
  • All students must attend at least one weekly 1-hour seminar meeting.  Seminar is 1-hour peer support meeting offered at the CRC’s center in which students discuss topics relating to maintaining their recoveries as a student at Penn State. 
  • Students will make a commitment to service and stay actively involved in the recovery community. All students with active status are invited to take on various leadership roles. 
  • All students must work a comprehensive recovery program outside of the CRC. Recovery requires a significant investment and a great deal more than simply “not using.” It is essential that students work a program outside of the CRC in order to fully integrate the resources available to them.  The following are considered essential: 
    • Weekly attendance at (a minimum of) one group meeting outside the CRC to support recovery.  
    • Work weekly with an individual who is familiar with your recovery program. This requirement can be met by meeting weekly with a sponsor, a pastoral counselor, a licensed addictions counselor, or some type of other mental health professional. Establishing a close working relationship with another individual is an essential piece of a solid recovery program.