Alcohol & Your Student
The health and safety of our students is UVM’s primary concern. Below you will find a list of helpful programs, services, and resources that exist to assist students in staying healthy and safe while in college.
At times, university life can be very challenging. If you have concerns that a student you know is in trouble, or feel you yourself are in need of support, the staff in the Dean of Students Office is a good place to turn to for help. For more information, or to seek out assistance, please contact Nicholas Efren Negrete, Assistant Dean for Retention and Assessment at 802-656-3829 or complete a CARE Report Form
Our goal is for students to:
THINK about the impact of their words, actions, or silence;
CARE about their community members; and to
ACT to end incidents of harm or injustice.
National and UVM research tells us the following:
• Heavy alcohol use is associated with a reduced likelihood of academic success, namely, 30% of academic failures are a result of alcohol misuse and abuse.*
• Alcohol is involved in 30% of physical injuries among students, and 58% of violent acts and behaviors.*
• Our own campus data tells us that 34% of our entering first year students have engaged in high-risk drinking (five or more drinks in a row for men, four or more drinks in a row for women) in the weeks prior to starting the new academic year. This translates to roughly 800 of our incoming students (AlcoholEdu, 2012).
• You as parents and guardians continue to play a powerful and influential role in the attitudes and behaviors of your student.
• You will continue to be an important source of guidance and information for your student through this year and beyond. The research in recent years continues to support this reality, and it has important implications for your student’s success in their college career (Ichiyama, M. et al. Journal of Study on Alcohol and Drugs Supplement no.16, July 2009).
• Specifically, the scientific literature indicates that the sons and daughters of parents/guardians who engage them in conversation about alcohol are less likely to engage with the risky behaviors associated with alcohol use.
There are all types of situations in college that can be challenging. We offer numerous support resources for students who may be struggling or needing additional assistance to be successful.
Alcohol & Other Drug Resources
The University's Alcohol Policy
The Dean of Students website for Promoting Health and Safety
College Drinking and Prevention