it is important to be aware of the campus resources made available to all students. Many students need campus support while trying to overcome the negative impacts of alcohol or drug use.
Please review the resources provided at UNT, and let the
UNT Collegiate Recovery program know if you are aware of any resources provided by the university that are not listed.
As a UNT Faculty or Staff Member
What role do faculty and staff play when it comes to student alcohol use?
In many cases faculty and staff play a vital role as it relates to student alcohol use. You might be the only person a student has trusted to discuss issues related to alcohol, which puts you in a unique position to help. Students are faced with many challenges both academically and personally; as they navigate their college career and transition into the next steps alcohol use may cause legal or health related consequences that limit career opportunities post-graduation.
It is essential to understand some of the warning signs that a student might be having issues with alcohol. As faculty and staff, it is important to address the issue with genuine curiosity, avoiding any judgement as many of the issues you are seeing are symptoms of an underlying problem. Students are often coping with these issues the best way they know how. These issues may be manifested through behaviors inside and outside of class, reflected in writings or assignments, and come to light in class discussion or office hours.
Coming to campus under the influence
Change in mood or behavior
Friends or family express concern
Needing more alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect
Unsuccessful efforts to control use, continuing to use in light of consequences
Stopping or reducing important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to drinking
Missing class, or assignments. Sudden changes in academic performance
Repeatedly unable to carry out major obligations at work, school, or home due to drinking
Preoccupation with alcohol use (this might be reflected in course discussion or assignments)
Drinking in unsafe situations
How do I know a student is having issues with alcohol?
Some signs that a student might have an issue with alcohol:
If I believe a student has an issue with alcohol, what should I do?
As faculty and staff it is important to remember your role. Our goal is not to assess or treat alcohol issues, as we have many resources on campus that are trained to support students who might have issues with substances. After referral, you might check in to see how things are going. It is important to know the resources that we have on campus. It might also be useful to proactively place supportive resources in your syllabi.
For faculty and staff that may be concerned about their own substance use
The UNT system has a free and confidential Employee Assistance Program that is available to help with substance use issues. Employees can call 24/7 or visit online to learn more about the support services that are offered to UNT employees.
Phone: 1-800-343-3822 or 1-800-448-1823 (TDD)