Our office is only one resource that you have available to you. Here are some links to other offices on our campus to assist you with your concerns.
The Counseling Center has a strong and diverse staff to assist students from issues of alcohol and drugs to stress to relationships. If you are concerned about a student, you are welcome to call and speak with a counselor about ways to reach out to your student. They can also assist you in a referring the student to their office.
Department of Public Safety
The Crime Prevention Unit in DPS works with students on proactive ways to remain safe and healthy on campus. They offer workshops on self-defense, room security, and interpersonal violence. Stop by their website for more information.
Office Of Residence Life
Hall Directors, Hall Ministers, Resident Assistants, and the Central Staff are allies to you in educating students on our campus. If you have a concern about a students welfare outside of the classroom, contacting their Hall Director (if they live on campus) is a great first step.
Student Heath Service
Our Student Health Service Center is a fully operating clinic to assist in the medical needs of a student. Within their department, the Center for Health Education and Promotion work to bring awareness of health concerns to the student body.
From our administration of AlcoholEdu for College and the Core Alcohol and Other Drug Surveys, we know that many students perceive that alcohol use is higher than reality. We also know that a strong majority of alcohol use occurs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
In addition, a survey by Wood, Sher, and Rutledge (2007) looked at the culture of weekend drinking in relationship to Friday classes. (click here for the article). They found that students with Friday classes before 10am were less likely to drink. However, they also found that students who are heavier drinkers attempt to select classes that do not fall on Friday. This study was focused only at one campus, but it gives some validity to holding class to prevent students from drinking during the week.
Anecdotally we know that academic responsibilities are a protective factor against high-risk drinking. We commend you for holding students to high expectations.
Other Information to be aware of:
Students do not always understand the full effects of alcohol in their life. This is specifically true around alcohol’s effect on the brain. Many are aware of the immediate effects, such as lack of coordination and memory loss (after heavy use). Few realize the longer term effects that alcohol has on concentration and memory after a night of binge drinking.
Here are some facts for you:
Being aware of these facts can aid you in helping to explain to a student the importance of not drinking or, especially, not drinking in high-risk ways. If you want additional information, please contact Sara Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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