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What Parents Can Do


Whether the parent, guardian, or family member of a St. Ambrose University student, your influence over the decisions she/he will make will continue throughout their adult life. Research1 is clear that the expectations you set and conversations you have continues even though the physical distance becomes greater.

This is what we know about our students:

• The majority of first year students report having used alcohol prior to arriving here.
• Underage alcohol use is the most frequent crime committed on our campus.
• The majority of students, if they choose to use alcohol, do so in a safe, healthy, and responsible manner.

Nonetheless, it is important that the adults who continue to influence our students inform themselves and engage in discussions throughout the course of the student's time at St. Ambrose. To assist you, we offer several resources on this website and encourage you to browse the pages at left. Additionally, we are available at any time to discuss questions or concerns.

Thank you for reading this information and the commitment you are making in our partnership to further the learning and growth of each of our students.

–Timothy P. Phillips, Dean of Students

1Abar, C., Abar, B., & Turrisi, R. (2009). The impact of parental modeling and permissibility on alcohol use and experienced negative drinking consequences in college. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 542-547.