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It’s never too late to get the conversation going.

Start the Conversation: Discussing Consent with your Student graphic

Download a helpful document on starting the conversation about consent.


College is a time for your student to gain new experiences, build new friendships, and make new memories that will last a lifetime. As you prepare your student for this transition, there are a lot of good reasons to include a conversation about consent.

This resource will provide you with tools to help you prepare for an open dialogue with your student about consent. It includes important information on UT policies and procedures, the importance of discussing consent, and how consent is affected by substance use.

Remember, as a parent you are, and will continue to be, the primary influence in your student’s life.

Start the Conversation: Discussing Alcohol with your Student

Download a helpful document on how to start the conversation about alcohol.


It is critical for parents and families to know and understand the trends and culture surrounding alcohol and drugs (AOD) as they prepare to send their student to the University of Tennessee. Communication with your student is key for their success.

What Can Parents Do?
Many times it can be difficult to have a conversation with your student about AOD. However, it is important that they know your beliefs, attitudes, and values related to AOD use and discuss them with you. The Center for Health Education and Wellness has developed the guide, “Start the Conversation,” to assist parents and families with this important discussion.

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the tools you need to engage in an open dialogue with your student about alcohol.

To help you fully prepare for this important conversation, the guide includes facts about alcohol and college drinking, UT policies, the importance of discussing your family history, and ways in which to discuss your expectations before your student leaves for college.

We have also included a reference section with information on risk reduction programs, campus resources, and online sources that may be helpful. We urge you to read through this booklet and then talk with your student about this important issue. By following the suggestions provided here, you can help equip your student to make smarter, safer choices. The time you spend now could be a potentially life-saving gift—and will help strengthen the lines of communication within your family as you prepare for your student’s years at UT and beyond.

Visit the Family Engagement website for more information about parent & family involvement.

Information adapted from: College Parents of America, Phoenix House, & The University of Tennessee Student Health Center