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.

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

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Clarkson College is a "permit-only" campus, meaning that no one, regardless of age, can consume alcohol on campus property without a permit and there are strict criteria for obtaining a permit. This includes all buildings, residence halls, parking lots, and dining and conference facilities. For a complete review of the Clarkson College policy, please visit the Clarkson College Alcohol Policy.

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. 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.

As a member of the College community, it is the responsibility of all students to assist fellow students in need. Failure to seek help in alcohol related emergencies may be an infraction of the Student Code of Conduct 4.12 Dangerous Conduct.

On August 30, 2015, Nebraska’s Good Samaritan law will take 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 son or daughter to become familiar with the new law and take swift action whenever they are concerned about another person’s well-being.