Texas Tech University

Parent and Family Resources

Welcome, Parents and Families! 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 for students seeking help for certain situations. To learn more, visit the Code of Student Conduct.

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 Think About It, which is an online prevention education course designed for college students. 

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.

TTU Alcohol Use Chart

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."

Bystander Intervention

Texas Tech strives to empower all students to be engaged, responsive bystanders. In order to do so, we teach active bystander skills in all of our workshops and also host Raiders Respond, a bystander intervention training for students multiple times a year. Check out our upcoming events to find out when the next training will be held.

General Safety

Safety Card

Violence Prevention & Response

RISE works closely with several campus departments, including the Office for Student Rights and Resolution (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 education and response services for sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking. RISE also offers workshops on Bystander Intervention and related areas. For more information about reporting and processes, visit the Title IX web page.

Texas Tech also has a 24/7/365 Crisis HelpLine available for students and parents that are concerned about their student. The Crisis HelpLine connects a caller to licensed counselor and can be confidential.