Parents and families have a significant influence over their student's attitudes and behaviors related to alcohol and other drugs, but sometimes hesitate to have conversations because they don't know where to start.  These resources may help you begin conversations about your expectations for your student and open a line of communication for ongoing discussions over your student's college career.

Alcohol

College Parents Matter, by the Maryland Collective

7 Tips for Good Communication (with your college student about alcohol use)

Marijuana

Policy remains far ahead of the research in regard to marijuana use.  In Iowa, it is against state law to buy, sell, possess, or use marijuana.  Furthermore, smoking marijuana indoors violates the Iowa Clean Air Act of 2007.

While there is much research yet to be done, the College Life Study by Amelia Arria suggests that marijuana is likely to interfere with the academic success of college students, particularly in their first year.

Relationships

Parents and families also often have interest in having discussions with their student and providing resources for them to make intentional and safer choices regarding relationships.  You student is still looking to you for advice, support, and expectations.

Here is a tip sheet provided by NSVRC on talking with your student about consent and healthy relationships.

On campus, we provide student leaders with S.E.X. 2nd edition:  The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna.  Your student might find it useful to have a copy. An additional resource provided by the Washington Post is an article entitled The sex talk isn't enough: How parents can teach teens about healthy relationships.

Take the time to find out more about specific sexual respect promotion and sexual misconduct prevention efforts at Grinnell College, as well as about a range of resources.

Have questions about any of these resources?  Feel free to email Jen Jacobsen '95, director of wellness and prevention.