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Aug. 10, 2020 Update Fordham Forward, the plan to resume in-person teaching and learning on Aug. 26, is available below, along with extensive resources for students, parents, faculty, and staff. Full Details

Responding to Students' Alcohol and Drug Abuse

How to Approach a Student about a Potential Alcohol/Substance Abuse Problem (in a non-emergency situation)

  • DO NOT bring up the subject when the person is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • DO NOT lecture or badger the student.
  • DO NOT try to speculate or explore motives. It can sidetrack you from the main point.
  • DO NOT expect a dramatic shift in thinking or behavior right away; this conversation may be the first time the person has thought about this problem.
  • DO identify a location and time where you can talk in private without embarrassment or interruptions (typically your faculty office).
  • DO express your concern to the student, citing the risk factors you have observed.
  • DO list specific problems that have occurred because of this person’s drinking or drug use. Include specific times, places and behaviors.
  • DO contact Counseling and Psychological Services (information above)
  • DO be supportive and follow up with the student while he or she is getting professional assistance.

Because this may not be an isolated incident, and because a fuller picture of a student emerges when various administrators are alerted and can then pool their information, it is important that you also share the information with one or more of the following:

  • Your department chair
  • Appropriate class dean
  • Counseling Center
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Dean of students at each campus