Connection Alcohol and Other Drug Program
Information for Shippensburg University Faculty and Staff.
Faculty and staff members have a considerable amount of positive influence on the student population. We know that alcohol and other drug use and abuse can often lead to negative consequences in the classroom- missing class, late work, failing grades, disrupting class or other's work, etc. As employees of the university, there are several ways to assist students in encouraging them to make healthy decisions.
Prevention Efforts on Campus
often assume heavy and frequent drinking or drug use in college is normal and
acceptable. These assumptions can lead to abuse and misuse. By adopting some of
the suggestions listed below, you can help create a healthier campus culture.
Class and Around Campus
accurate norms about SU students’ drinking behavior: 78% of SU students have
0-5 drinks per week, 83% of SU students have not used marijuana in the past
30 days, 85% of incoming SU
students reported they are moderate drinkers, if they even drink at all, and 82%
of incoming SU students that choose to drink consume alcohol 1-2 days per week. (Information from CORE Spring Semester 2014 Survey and AlcoholEdu 2013-2014 data respectively)
joking about heavy drinking. This normalizes risky drinking behavior and may
appear to condone it.
enabling the behavior (e.g., accepting excuses, pushing back deadlines and
ignoring problems caused by drinking or drug use). Shielding a student from
consequences indirectly allows them to continue drinking or using drugs in
on- or off-campus events to promote school spirit, community engagement and
alternatives to the party/bar scene.
familiar with the University’s alcohol policies.
situations where you are with students in the presence of alcohol, let
university policy and state law be your guide.
classes, quizzes and deadlines on Mondays through Fridays. This discourages
students from drinking heavily on weekday nights.
it clear that students’ participation in class is important, and that alcohol
impairment in the classroom is unacceptable.
group projects. Working in groups is one way for students to build
relationships outside the classroom without alcohol.
the subject matter of alcohol and other drug abuse into your courses when
and Refer Students at Risk
of their regular contact with students, faculty and staff are often among the
first to notice that a student is having personal problems. While you are not
expected to take on the role of counselor, you may be well positioned to
connect a student to available help.
Warning Signs of an Alcohol or Other Drug Problem
under the influence during class.
of alcohol during the day.
coursework or classes due to alcohol or other drug use.
with alcohol and other drug use, which may be evident in conversation or
- Changes in
- Changes in
mood or behavior.
into fights or becoming aggressive while under the influence.
to control drinking; drinking more than intended; inability to have just
one or two drinks.
in tolerance to alcohol use.
with police or university officials because of alcohol or drug use.
concern from others because of the usage.
(loss of memory) from alcohol or drug use.
or drug usage as a main priority.
a proactive method used to increase awareness of problem behaviors, prevent
problems from becoming worse, and promote referral for further assessment and
possible treatment. Intervention simply means meeting with a student and
discussing your concern. The following are some tips for conducting an informal
- Select a
- Let the
student know that you are genuinely concerned.
to the student the specific behaviors that have caused you to be
- Speak to
the student in an objective, unequivocal, nonjudgmental manner.
resource information ready to provide to the student (The Connection
Alcohol and Other Drug Program, Counseling Center, Women’s Center).
prepared for the student to provide excuses, promise behavior change, and
attempt to redirect the conversation, or pass the problem off as no big
possible, offer to assist the student in making the contact to the
appropriate office or program that deals with alcohol and/or drug abuse.
even if the student refuses your help, you are an important part of the process
in helping him/her recognize that there is a problem. If you are uncomfortable
intervening with the student yourself but would still like to help, you can
contact the Connection Program director directly at (717) 477- 1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All communications are confidential and a student will not face disciplinary or legal action for admitting drug or alcohol use.