Questions Educators Ask

How do I know if someone is high?

Typical signs that a student is under the influence include nodding off, bloodshot eyes, noticeable odor of alcohol or marijuana, slurred speech, and loss of balance. Remember it is not necessary to know for certain in order to express concern.

Other common signs of being under the influence include:

  • Bloodshot, dull-looking, or watering eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Inattentiveness, drowsiness
  • Manic/hyperactive behavior
  • Runny nose, sniffing, coughing
  • Clumsiness, falling tripping
  • Disheveled appearance, poor hygiene
  • Tremors, hallucinations, delusions

    Uncontrollable laughter or crying

    What do I say to a student who I suspect may be abusing alcohol or other drugs?

    It is not necessary to know for certain if a student is abusing alcohol or other drugs in order to take helpful action. If you are concerned about a student, talk to him or her.

    When talking to the student, be as direct, clear, and concrete as possible about your concerns and/or observations. Be sure to comment on specific behaviors (i.e. I see that you are sleeping in class, are daydreaming, have bloodshot eyes, etc.).

    Tell the student that you have no way of knowing for sure whether he or she is under the influence, but you are concerned. Encourage the student to contact the Prevention and Education Services at 845-848-4030.

    What kind of help will the student receive?

    Prevention and Education Services will make appropriate recommendations regarding available support services. These confidential services may be provided on campus or through referral to outside community agencies. Safety is the primary concern.