In an effort to support students and help them succeed at CU, we are committed to working with students to avoid pitfalls related to alcohol and drug use.
We offer a variety of trainings, presentations and classes specifically for students as well as trainings and workshops to help staff and faculty recognize high-risk use and refer students to appropriate resources.
For students who choose to drink or use other drugs, it’s important to know how to stay healthy, and that there is help available on campus if needed.
A large portion of CU students do not drink or use any other drugs at all, or they may only drink minimally or moderately. Some students may choose to drink to excess in ways that are problematic for them and those around them, or may develop a dependency that makes it difficult to stop. Still others fall somewhere else on the continuum, and may change their drinking habits during college.
If you choose to use alcohol, here's how to have a safer time:
If you choose to use prescription drugs, keep these things in mind:
Marijuana and its active components (THC & CBD) exist in many forms and strengths and can affect people differently.
If you choose to use, consider these questions and information:
Know the laws
For more information about the student code of conduct, visit The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
As students transition to college, they will learn how to navigate a new environment that may include alcohol or other drugs. In addressing alcohol and drug use, we focus on ways to reduce the harmful outcomes of substance use on academics and personal life. We want to provide students with the information they need to understand the impacts these substances have on their body and learn skills they can use to look out for themselves and one another.
This campaign is designed to help students have a better understanding of how much alcohol constitutes one drink. Research suggests that when students know how much is in their cup, it reduces the likelihood of drinking too much.
Putting someone in the recovery position can be critical in an emergency. This campaign is designed to educate on the signs of an alcohol or drug-related emergency and how to put someone in the recovery position.
This card is designed to provide information about the impacts marijuana can have as well as the CU, state and federal policies.
This campaign is designed to educate students on harm reduction techniques, how to help a friend, campus policies, laws and more.
This training covers how to recognize and respond to an alcohol and opioid emergency. It is open to students, staff and faculty.
The Supporting Student Resiliency Professional Development Series provides CU faculty and staff with concrete skills to better support students. Offered by several departments in the division of Student Affairs, sessions focus on areas critical to student retention and success. Faculty and staff can attend any individual session; those attending all six will receive a non-degree certificate.
The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey identified stress, getting sick, sleep, anxiety, depression, internet use, relationships, ADHD and alcohol and other drug use as the top health issues impacting CU students.
Health Promotion offers free programs to residence halls and student groups. These include:
A conversation about party culture at CU and ways to have a better time and look out for one another.
A workshop exploring the link between sleep, health and academics. This session also includes strategies for more restorative sleep.
A range of options to help students stress less.
Family members are crucial partners in the academic success of their student. It’s important to have an open and ongoing dialogue with your student about important issues, especially when they may be exposed to new situations involving alcohol and drugs. During their time at college, students may choose to experiment with alcohol and drugs for a variety of reasons or they may be impacted by someone else’s decision to experiment.
Approaching the topic of substance use and having a non-judgmental conversation with your student can help when it comes to the choices they make and knowing when to seek help. Here are some communication tips to consider –
The following offices offer consultation services for parents and families:
Students may choose to experiment with alcohol and other drugs for a variety of reasons. Approaching the topics of substance use and having a conversation with students can help when it comes to the choices they make and knowing when to get help in an emergency. Health Promotion offers presentation and trainings to support
Explore the upsides and downsides of substance use
By exploring the good aspects first, we lower a student’s resistance to having a conversation about substance use. Ask them what they like about drinking, using marijuana, etc., and what positive aspects matter most to them. Next, explore the not-so-good things; this allows students to name for themselves the reasons they may want to consider a change in their use.
Approaching the conversation
There are a few things we can do during a conversation to make the student feel more comfortable:
Offer strategies to reduce harm
Protective behavioral strategies can be used to reduce the harm associated with substance use: