College is a very exciting time for every family. It is the next phase of growing up and most parents are ecstatic for their children to go off and have some of the same experiences they themselves had. The culmination of high school is a passageway to adulthood. Students move one to become more intelligent and find their place in the world. It is also a time where students experiment with drugs and alcohol. College is more transparent today than ever before. Parents, families and societies are fully aware of the dangerous and dishonorable activities that take place on and around college campuses. Should Indiana colleges be responsible for warning parents about campus drug abuse?

Verbal Warnings aside Acceptance Letters

There is no way to get around it, college institutions are businesses. They are run like businesses. Above all they are out for the almighty dollar. Larger institutions have openly silenced derogatory comments, activities or law breaking offenses of their student body; especially those that contribute to school activities. College athletes are some of the most protected in the country. Baylor is simply the most recent college to come under attack for abusing their power and silencing disruptive behavior. Students are protected so that the school can continue to excel in sports because the bigger the sports program the more money the school can collect. That being said should schools be responsible to send drug abuse and addiction statistics home to their recruits along with acceptance letters? It is not necessary nor is it the college’s responsibility to provide verbal or written drug offenses statistics to parents in a direct sense. They are the school, which provides an education. The other things that go on are not the goal of the school, but there are plenty of grey area’s to which the school must disclose.

Disclosure of Substance Abuse, Drug Offenses and Substance Abuse

Just has schools provide a graduation, career opportunity and dropout rate, these schools must provide information regarding their substance abuse, drug offenses and substance abuse issues. These are not statistics that should be plastered on the entrance gates of the University, but rather part of freshmen orientation and available through their website. It should not be a small link at the very bottom below their contact information, but a regular part of the college directory. Students, potential students and their families should be aware of the dangers that school has. While the job of the school is to provide an education and generate profits in the process the school also must show high school students that their institution is one worth experiencing. In this aspect, schools often float into grey areas. Students want to party, it is no secret and nothing to be ashamed of, but schools are often too willing to provide that aspect of college to them. In many cases, this effort crosses the line and is dangerous. As such, schools should be held responsible for providing any and all drug use, drug offense and addiction statistics available.

Selecting the Right Institution

Selecting the right college for your children can be a stressful process, but with the right guidelines it can be easy. Parents should weigh every detail before allowing their children to enter college. In some cases, students simply are not ready for college after high school. Many need time to mature, so they do not waste time and money. Those who are ready should make sure they are choosing a school for the right reasons. Parents and students alike should research various schools and make personal visits. Speaking with students around the campus can make things decisions easier as those students are not paid by the school to deliver the tours. In conclusion, it should be the college’s responsibility to warn parents about campus drug abuse through a number of ways.



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