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 sons and daughters select co-curricular activities, including membership in sport clubs, student organizations, and the Greek system, 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 Creighton University’s policies relating to alcohol. Here are a few things to remember as you talk to your sons and daughters about drinking at college:

Creighton University 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 Creighton University's policy, please visit the Creighton University 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 University 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. Under the Good Samaritan Policy, students who assist others who are suffering from acute alcohol poisoning or a serious alcohol-related emergency by summoning emergency medical services (EMS) are eligible for an alternative to the normal Student Code of Conduct procedure if they themselves are in violation of the alcohol policy. Please refer to the Student Handbook as well as Drug and Alcohol Information for updated policy information.

Nebraska’s Good Samaritan law took effect on August 30, 2015. 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 law and take swift action whenever they are concerned about another person’s well-being.