Campus Alcohol Risk Education

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High-risk alcohol use among students on college campuses remains a cause for concern. As such, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to an environmental management approach that integrates programs, policies and education for students.

No matter your role, you can help. Faculty, staff, parents and peers can influence alcohol use. We encourage you to take advantage of the following resources. If you choose to develop your own resources, please use our alcohol messaging guidelines to help create your content.


  • Know the Norms — Social norms messages based on facts about students at Nebraska
  • The Husker Playbook — Game day related alcohol messaging
  • 9 Laws You Should Know — Relevant laws students should know and potential violation consequences
  • Make the Call - No MIP — Information and resources about Nebraska's Good Samaritan Law that encourages minors to call 911 when they suspect an alcohol overdose without fear of receiving an MIP (minor in possession)
  • FailSafe — A guide for student leaders to help student organization members successfully manage their risk-taking when using alcohol.
  • Planning a Party — Tips for students planning parties in neighborhoods
  • Power of Parenting — Conversation tips for parents to talk about alcohol with students
  • The Truth About College Parties — Real Nebraska students talk about what parties are like

Learn more about our Campus-Community Alcohol Partnership.
View counseling and early intervention resources for students.

Know the Norms

Curious about what your peers think and do? Social norms provide agreed expectations and rules of behavior. Read on to learn about some of the norms for students at Nebraska. Click the image to view a downloadable PDF poster.

Alcohol isn't part of the college experience
Huskers lead by example
Peer pressure is awkward for everyone
Nebraska students want a safe and welcoming campus
Make new friends when you join a team
Keep the academic edge
Adjusting to college can be hard
Community services shows our commitment
Dangerous drinking is not the norm at Nebraska
Your future begins at Nebraska

The Husker Playbook

Review these key plays to see what steps you can take to reduce your risk on game day. Click the image to view a downloadable poster or download the bulletin board kit. View an 8.5x11 flier from the playbook.

Kickoff - Have a plan, be physically prepared and keep your cell phone charged.
Reverse - Walk away from parties that could lead to trouble.
3:4 Defense - Drink more water than other beverages.
Interception - Take action if you notice someone in need of assistance.
Offsides - Keep from going too far on social media.
Personal Foul - Avoid throwing up, public urination and vandalism.
Red Zone - Don't commit a foul. Be sure consent is in your playbook.
Halftime - Take a break and enjoy snacks.
Option Play - Know that you always have a choice on your next move.
Defense - De-escalate situations before they become a problem.
Pass Protection - Respect those around you and the host environment.
Huddle - Stay with the same group of friends all evening.
Take a Knee - Know when the evening needs to end.
Safety - Have a sober driver and know who to call if needed.

9 Laws You Should Know

Violating the law can result in rescinded graduate school and job offers, fines, court costs, red flags on a background check and more. Download the PDF poster or the bulletin board kit.

Minor in Possession
Inmate of a Disorderly House
Disorderly House
Fake ID
Obstructing a Peace Officer
Public Urination
False Reporting

Planning a Party

Everyone loves a good party -- until it gets out of hand.

Everyone loves a good party -- until it gets out of hand. Get tips for planning your next event to avoid potential pitfalls and problems.

Power of Parenting

Research shows the critical influence parents can play in a student's successful transition to college life. Having conversations about alcohol promotes an honest and open relationship, but leading those conversations can be daunting for parents. The Power of Parenting website provides communication tips and information about the social culture on the Nebraska campus to best equip parents to talk to students.