Alcohol and Other Drug Information for Parents

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Families Can Help Prevent Substance Abuse

Families play a part in reducing heavy drinking. By talking to their student and encouraging them to be responsible about drinking, families can have an impact on their student’s decision-making at college. Heavy drinking among college students is a serious national problem. Each year, college students at institutions across the country die or are seriously injured due to alcohol poisoning or accidents resulting from alcohol use.

Families can make a difference!  Knowing the warning signs of substance use and abuse and where you can get help for your student is important. Recognize that those myths of “It’s no big deal” and “They are only experimenting” significantly ignore the risks associated with substance abuse.  University Counseling Services can help.  They offer counseling services to students, and can offer screening and educational programming for students whose behavior is being impacted by substance use.

UW-Platteville considers the enforcement of campus policies and state laws regarding alcohol and other drug use critical to the prevention of excessive use of substances by students.  Students under the age of 21 are prohibited from consuming alcohol anywhere on campus.  Students and families should review those campus and state policies and laws.

There are strict sanctions for students who violate alcohol policy, including the possibility of:


    Participation in a substance education and assessment program (refer to top of page)

    Expulsion from the residence hall for students residing in campus housing

Staff members at UW-Platteville are making a concerted effort to combat the misperceptions students have about substance use and abuse. Familiess can help prevent substance abuse by talking to their student before school starts about their expectations regarding alcohol and other substance use.


Counseling: Contact Information

Contact Information

Appointments 608.342.1891

220 Royce Hall
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818

Hours of Operation
Monday & Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm

Concerns 608.342.1865
Fax 608.342.1863

Please be advised that e-mail is not considered a secure form of communication; therefore confidentiality cannot be guaranteed if you forward information of an urgent nature. UCS staff only monitor and respond to e-mail during regular office hours.

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