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As students transition to college life, some will be at greater risk for developing potentially dangerous drinking patterns than others.

Research suggests that student socializing patterns are often established in the first six weeks of their first year on campus. Factors that can influence high-risk behaviors within a social setting include group drinking norms.

As your daughters select co-curricular activities, including membership in sport clubs, student organizations, continue to talk with them about their alcohol use and your expectations, norms, and values.

Before coming to campus, students and parents should be familiar with CSM’s policies relating to alcohol. Here are a few things to remember as you talk to your daughters about drinking at college:

Students should also be aware of local laws and policies practiced in Omaha which may differ from their home communities. The Omaha Police Department regularly conducts patrols to identify and ticket parties causing disruptions. Omaha police regularly issue tickets for MIP, DUI and procuring alcohol to minors.

On August 30, 2015, Nebraska’s Good Samaritan law took effect. This policy encourages individuals to call 911 for medical help when witnessing or experiencing acute alcohol intoxication without the fear of prosecution for minor in possession. The policy provides limited immunity for both the caller and the acutely intoxicated person. The Good Samaritan law is essential to ensuring that people are able to stay alive and receive help when they are in trouble. Please encourage your daughter to become familiar with the new law and take swift action whenever they are concerned about another person’s well-being.

Not following campus and community policy could result in a campus code of conduct violation and/or legal ramifications. View the code of conduct here.