b'students opinion of these options: What do you think? Which of these do you believe might be most helpful to you? Emphasize personal control: Whatever you decide, it is ultimately up to you.Close positively and with the door open for further conversation. Affirm the student for speaking honestly with you: I really appreciate you talking with me. Summarize a plan for change: It sounds like you recognize that . . . specifically you plan to . . . Keep the door open: Id really like to hear how things are going with you. Would you feel comfortable checking back? Part of being supportive for a student is ensuring accountability for behavior and class assignments. In some ways, the effects of substance problems can be fleeting and not often remembered. A poor grade is a tangible reminder of the impact that substance use can have on a students goals. In fact, its not uncommon for students to resist accessing or engaging with campus health services until they realize that their semesters grades are unsalvageable. Resources: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism self-assessment: rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov Talking with College Students about Alcohol: MotivationalGeneral Concerns144'