Welcome, Parents! This page is designed to provide you with information about campus safety and wellness policies, procedures, and resources available at Texas Tech. We believe that students are best served by having a support network as they go through college, and we look forward to partnering with you in our efforts! If after browsing the information below you still have questions, or would like further information, please reach out to RISE at 806.742.2110, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm CST.
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Policies & Procedure
Texas Tech, as a state institution, enforces all state and local laws regarding alcohol and narcotics. The Student Code of Conduct, Section B.3 and B.4 outlines the prohibitions for alcohol and drugs on campus. From the Office of Student Conduct, "Students in violation of drug and alcohol policies will be subject to university judicial procedures as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. Separately and concurrently, students may also be subject to legal proceedings in accordance with local, state and federal law." Texas Tech notifies parents of alcohol and drug violations for students under the age of 21.
The university does have an amnesty policy (Section B.12) for students seeking help for situations, including:
- Victims of misconduct who were engaging in policy violations, such as underage drinking or drug use, at the time of the incident.
- Students who offer assistance to others by calling medical personnel or law enforcement.
- Students who bring their own use, addiction, or dependency to the attention of the University prior to any conduct incidents or reports.
Concerns About Your Student's Drinking?
Texas Tech has a variety of options available to assist your student. Please visit our resource page for suggestions. All incoming students (first year and transfer) are also required to complete AlcoholEdu, which is an online prevention module that explores the impact of alcohol on the mind, body, and daily life.
We encourage you to be an active partner in your student's safety. If you have concerns, express them. Trust your instincts. Often times students will have their perceptions of "normal" skewed while attending college. If it doesn't sound right to you, get involved. You can also call the RISE office at 806.742.2110 for information and referrals.
Why Teach Low Risk Drinking?
The RISE Office operates from a harm-reduction approach (reducing the frequency and severity), and with the absolute belief in providing accurate education in order for students to make informed decisions. Many students will choose not to drink while attending college. For those who do, the goal is to help these students know the risks, warning signs, and potential consequences so that they can plan accordingly.
Students perceive their peers as drinking at much higher rates than others actually report. This metric is dangerous, because student's often gauge their own use by what "everyone else" is doing. By providing information specific to our campus, we aim to reduce students' overall drinking.
How Can I Make a Difference?
Talk openly and honestly with your student, before, during, and after them coming to campus. Family has more influence than you may think! Be sure to clearly discuss your values around drinking and drug use, your expectations, etc. Many students report making decisions based on not wanting to disappoint their parents, and simply because "it's how I was raised."
Frequently Abused Substances
- Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is typically ingested in liquid form. Common effects of alcohol include impaired judgement and coordination, slowed reaction time, and disorientation.Excessive drinking can lead to slowed breathing, coma, organ failure, and even death. Long term exposure has been shown to contribute to liver disease and permanent brain damage.
- Marijuana acts as both a depressant and hallucinogen. It is commonly smoked, though 'edibles' and 'wax' have recently become more popular. While marijuana use is legal in several states, it is not in Texas. The effects include relaxation, and a feeling of well-being, though some may experience increased anxiety. Reflexes are often slowed, and driving ability is impaired.
- Cocaine is a stimulant that is typically smoked or snorted, and can also be injected intravenously. Common effects of cocaine include increased heart rate and blood pressure, a feeling of euphoria, and increased energy. Tolerance develops quickly, and it is highly addictive. Long term use can lead to heart attack, stroke, and death. Cocaine is particularly dangerous for people with pre-existing heart conditions.
- Opiates, including Heroin, Oxycodone and others, are central nervous system depressants that slow the circulatory and respiratory system. They are highly effective in treating pain, highly addictive, and are typically accompanied with intense and painful withdrawals. Due to significant differences in purity and strength, there is a high risk of overdose. Opiates are especially dangerous when coupled with drinking.
- Prescription Drug abuse is one of the fastest growing public health concerns. Students
will typically abuse substances that are not prescribed to them. The most common drugs of abuse are
- Xanax- a benzo (depressant) typically used to treat anxiety or depression. Side effects can include drowsiness, slurred speech, lack of coordination, and feelings of anxiety/suicidal thoughts. Particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol.
- Vyvanse/Adderall- amphetamines used to treat ADD/ADHD. Side effects include increased energy, feelings of euphoria, weight loss, increased heart rate, sleep problems, and increased risk of heart attack. Students often feel these drugs are "safe" because the effects are relatively short term, though incredibly addictive. Abuse of these drugs is often highest around final exams ('study drugs').
- Oxycodone/Oxycontin/Hydrocodone- see Opiates above.
- Methamphetamine is a stimulant made from over the counter medications and dangerous chemicals that were never intended for human consumption. Typical effects include euphoria (longer lasting than Cocaine), increased energy, long periods of time without sleep, and weight loss. Meth is highly addictive, and is particularly dangerous because it is "homemade." Meth users are at increased risk of heart attack and sudden death.
- Hallucinogens are drugs that cause distortion of all five senses. Though not physically addictive, there is a risk of psychological addition. The most dangerous aspect of using hallucinogens is the way your perception is altered, and the accompanying behavior, while you are high. The most common hallucinogens used by students are LSD (Acid), Mushrooms, and Peyote.
Texas Tech strives to empower all students to be engaged, responsive Bystanders. Visit our Bystander Intervention page to learn more about facilitated trainings and suggested techniques.
Violence Prevention & Response
RISE is the home of Violence Prevention & Response at Texas Tech. We work closely with several campus departments, including the Student Resolution Center (Title IX Investigators), Office of Student Conduct, the Dean of Students, Student Counseling Center, Gender Equity Council, and Women's Studies to provide comprehensive prevention & response services for sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking. RISE also offers workshops on Bystander Intervention and related areas. More information and links to these services are provided below.
- Filing a report/Title IX complaint
- Support Coordinatorsand other services for students going through a Title IX related incident
- University Title IX homepage
- Raiders Against Violence
- Prevention Tips
Texas Tech also has a 24/7/365 Crisis HelpLine available for students and parents that are concerned about their student.
Texas Tech has many resources that are helpful for your students. Visit the departments listed below to learn more.
- Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Military & Veterans Program
- Raider Welcome
- Student Life
- Tech Activities Board