Programs for Faculty and Staff

Numerous studies of U.S. college students demonstrate that substance misuse and abuse negatively affects students' academic performance, engagement with faculty, overall health, and the quality of campus and community life.

For statistics related to high-risk drinking and other drug use by college students, review The Impact of Alcohol on Academic Performance (pdf) or visit

How to Help a Student

  • Communicating with the student is the first step. Here are some tips:
  • Consult with a professional in Health Promotion and Wellness or a CAPS counselor for guidelines on how to intervene.
  • Talk to the person privately when neither of you are rushed.
    • Express your care and concern: “I’m concerned about you.”
    • Describe in specific, nonjudgmental terms the behaviors or signs that concern you: “I’m concerned about you because I’ve noticed you haven’t been to class in two weeks, and when you are here, you appear not to be focused.”
    • Make a referral for help: Many students find that talking with a professional is helpful. Suggest that they examine their use through E-Checkup to Go, a brief online assessment, or BASICS, a confidential and free service for students.
    • Follow-up to see how things are going.


  • Understanding how to address a situation involving alcohol overdose can be helpful to staff and faculty who interact with students outside the classroom. Consider completing Red Watch Band Bystander Intervention Training, organized by Health Promotion and Wellness, to understand the proper steps to take to address an alcohol overdose or heavy intoxication situation. While it is designed for students, staff and faculty who have completed the training in the past have spoken highly of it's utility.