Frequently Asked Questions
- General Background Information
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- Accessing AlcoholEdu
- Additional Questions
- Course Problems/Technical Difficulties
What is AlcoholEdu for College?
AlcoholEdu for College is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about how alcohol affects the body, mind, perceptions, and behaviors. The research-based course provides students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and provides personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own drinking decisions and those of their peers.
What does AlcoholEdu cover?
The course is composed of surveys, knowledge tests, and alcohol-related information. In Part I students complete Chapters 1-3, two surveys, and two knowledge tests. 45 days after completion of Part I, students will complete Part II which consists of the final chapter and survey.
What can students expect?
Part I of the online program takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete and can be taken in segments. Part II will take students approximately 20-30 minutes. Students will have access to the program 24 hours a day and can complete the course at their own pace before scheduled deadlines. Students must complete the course from start to finish (Phase 1 and Phase 2) to ensure an effective curricular – and prevention – experience.
Topics covered include:
- how media, family, & social expectations shape ideas & behaviors
- body/health factors including blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
- potential risks associated with problem drinking such as violence and drinking & driving
- impact of alcohol on academic performance and relationships
- how to make healthy choices, deal with peer pressure, & find helpful resources, such as a BAC calculator & reference guides about alcohol & other drugs, that students can access at any time
How does the course address diverse student needs?
Customized by sex, drinking pattern, level of awareness, and student choices, AlcoholEdu content is relevant to each student. For example, the course pathway is different for students whose initial responses categorize them as abstainers, high risk, or moderate drinkers.
Why is EIU requiring all new students to complete AlcoholEdu?
Alcohol is a key health issue on all college campuses. Part of creating a healthy community is providing campus-wide approaches to health and using tools such as AlcoholEdu for College. Eastern Illinois University takes its responsibility to ensure student health and safety seriously – we want to work together with students to create the healthiest campus possible. Eastern Illinois University is committed to providing an academic environment where everyone can live, study, work and have fun safely.
Why AlcoholEdu and not some other prevention activity?
AlcoholEdu is an online science-based alcohol prevention program that provides a tailored educational experience focusing on the impact of alcohol on the mind and body. Research supports AlcoholEdu as an effective tool in creating a healthy campus environment for all students. Students who have completed AlcoholEdu at other campuses are much less likely to develop alcohol problems or experience negative consequences (vomiting, hangover, missing class, injuries) as a result of drinking.
Used at over 400 colleges and universities across the country, data gathered from AlcoholEdu surveys indicates a significant improvement in alcohol-related behaviors. According to the “college effect,” student drinking patterns change upon arrival at college. Providing students with access to an informative and developmentally appropriate alcohol education program at this critical time represents just one piece of a comprehensive institutional initiative to address issues related to alcohol on campus. This program will enable the University to gather valuable data about our students that will be shared with campus stakeholders at the start of the spring semester.
Who is required to completed AlcoholEdu?
All undergraduates attending Eastern Illinois University for their first time must complete AlcoholEdu. Success of the program is based upon population-level prevention, a concept that recognizes that students’ choices likely impact those of their peers. Providing new students with a consistent message about alcohol can encourage thoughtful conversations, inspire a shift in alcohol-related behaviors, and highlight a campus culture that values healthy choices.
Part I must be completed before coming to campus and part II will be completed 45 days completion of Part I. Others interested in taking the course can contact the Health Education Resource Center at 217/581-7786 or Alcoholedu@eiu.edu to inquire about a log-in ID.
What do students need to do to complete AlcoholEdu?
Students will need to complete the first portion of the course (Chapters 1-3 as well as two surveys and two knowledge tests) before the Part 1 deadline. This will take approximately 2 - 3 hours and we recommend that students complete it in multiple sittings. Approximately 45 days later, students will receive an automatically generated email, asking them to complete the course. Upon receipt of this e-mail, students will need to log in again to complete Chapter 4 and the final survey.
What is considered passing?
A score of 75% or higher is required to pass Part I. Should students not pass, they will be required to complete a re-take course. Completing AlcoholEdu requires passing the knowledge exam and finishing the final chapter/survey. Only when students have completed Chapter 4 and the final survey, will the program be considered complete.
When is AlcoholEdu to be completed?
The Fall AlcoholEdu course will be available beginning August 1. Students entering in Fall 2013 should complete Part I, preferably prior to arriving on campus, but no later than Monday, August 19, 2013. Students will receive an automated email approximately 45 days after completion of Part I reminding them to login in and complete Chapter 4 and the final survey. The entire course must be completed by October 25, 2013.
The Spring AlcoholEdu course will be available beginning December 1. Students entering in Spring 2014 should complete Part I, preferably prior to arriving on campus, but no later than Monday, January 13, 2014. Students will receive an automated email approximately 45 days after completion of Part I reminding them to login in and complete Chapter 4 and the final survey. The entire course must be completed by March 1, 2013.
What happens if AlcoholEdu is not completed?
Those students entering during the Fall 2013 semester who have not completed Part I by the deadline will have a hold placed on their records beginning 2 weeks after the deadline. Those students not completing Part 2 by October 25, 2013 will have a hold placed on their records. These holds will prevent students from registering for upcoming semester classes. Likewise, students entering during Spring 2014 who have not completed Part I by the deadline will have a hold placed on their records 2 weeks after the deadline. Students not completing Part 2 by March 1, 2014 will also have a hold placed on their records.
What happens if I do not complete Part I of AlcoholEdu by the deadline?
An administrative hold will be placed on a students records, barring them from adding classes for the semester following the one in which they entered. Those completing Part I of AlcoholEdu after the deadline will have the initial hold removed. If Part II is not completed within 60 days (45 day wait period between Part I and Part II + 15 days) following completion of Part I, an additional hold will be placed until this section is completed.
How will students find out about AlcoholEdu?
Students and parents attending Transfer Orientation and Panther Debut Orientation Days are informed of the participation mandate through presentations, as well as written information included in orientation materials. Students entering the institution in the fall, will be sent an e-mail to their EIU E-Mail account on approximately August 1 with directions on how to log-in to the AlcoholEdu program. Students entering the institution in the spring, will be sent an e-mail to their EIU E-Mail account on approximately December 1 with directions on how to log-in to the AlcoholEdu program. Additionally, a post card will be sent to the permanent address they have registered with the university. In the following two weeks, students will be sent an additional post card. Information will also be made available from Health Services and the Health Education Resource Center.
When will AlcoholEdu be available?
The course is planned to be available for student log-in beginning August 1, 2013 for students entering in Fall 2012 and December 1, 2013, for students entering in Spring 2014. Incoming students who have registered for fall classes prior to August 1, 2013 and spring classes prior to December 1, 2013 will receive notification through thier EIU e-mail and have a post card sent to the permanent address registered with the university. Individuals registering for classes after these dates will be sent e-mails and post-cards as AlcoholEdu Project staff update registration downloads.
Can students complete the program during the summer Panther Debut/Orientation?
All Panther Debut programs held during the months of June and July will have concluded before the AlcoholEdu program goes on-line. The course will be available on August 1, 2013 for students entering EIU in Fall 2013 and December 1, 2013 for students entering EIU in Spring 2014. Students and Parents will receive limited information on AlcoholEdu at Debut and Orientation Days.
Will those without computer access at home still be required to complete AlcoholEdu?
Yes. To take the course, one will need computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. If one does not have access to a computer, one can use any publicly available computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. Public computers are often available in your local public library, copy center, or community center.
Where on campus can one use a computer to complete AlcoholEdu?
If students are living on campus and have their own computers that meet the technical needs required by AlcoholEdu, they should be able to complete the Parts I and II of the program within their residence hall room.
Students without computers who are unable to completing Part I prior to arriving at campus, can complete Parts I and II in several of the computer labs available on campus.
During move-in week, when will campus labs be available?
The Booth Library computer lab, located on the 4000 level of the Library will have available hours as well as the Gregg Triad computer lab. Please check the Library and Gregg Triad schedule for hours of availability.
I have a disability and need an accommodation. Who should I contact?
Who should I contact at Eastern Illinois University regarding general questions about the course?
You may contact Dr. Eric Davidson or Amanda Woolard, at 217/581-7786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens to students who do not pass?
Students who do not pass will be notified by AlcoholEdu that they did not pass and will be directed to retake the course. The course may be retaken as many times as necessary for the student to pass.
What e-mail should I use?
Be sure to use your Eastern Illinois University Net ID (email@example.com) each time you access AlcoholEdu. Certain e-mail providers automatically reject the automatic reminders sent to students. Using different email addresses is the main technical problem encountered with AlcoholEdu and the main reason for receiving an incomplete for the course. As long as the proper EIU Net ID/e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) is used this problem should be virtually non-existant.
I don’t drink. Do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu?
All entering EIU students need to complete the course. Even if one does not drink, they may still be impacted by alcohol use in the college environment. AlcoholEdu provides personalized paths through the curriculum so if one doesn’t drink, they will receive support and specific information tailored to their choice. AlcoholEdu will also provide students with important information regarding coping with potential drinking behavior of their peers.
My religious beliefs forbid alcohol use. Why do I have to do this?
All entering students need to complete AlcoholEdu. Alcohol use in the college environment has the potential to affect everyone. Even if one doesn’t drink they may be impacted by the potential drinking behavior of their peers. AlcoholEdu provides personalized paths through the curriculum so if one doesn’t drink, they will receive support and specific information tailored to their choice.
Who will see survey answers? How is the data kept? Will parents be told what is report?
AlcoholEdu includes three surveys that offer students feedback on their alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are strictly confidential; Eastern Illinois University will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will NEVER see any individual student's answers. Because Eastern requires students to pass the knowledge exam with a score of 75% or higher the AlcoholEdu administrators at the school will receive exam scores; this is the only information ever matched with a student’s identity. Parents will not have access to any information unless the student is under the age of 18, the student chooses to share such information with them, or they sign an information release that allows the university to share such information with them.
What do I do if I have trouble with the site?
While we don’t anticipate students having any trouble using the site, should they experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the "Help" button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu for College screen or call 1-866-384-9062. One does not need to be logged into the course to access the Help Site.
Please note - the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is not the EIU HelpDesk. Please direct inquiries to the AlcoholEdu Support folks!
I am not sure if my computer meets the technical requirements to support the course.
If one does not have ready access to a computer that meets the minimum system technical requirements, they may try using a computer at a local library, copy center, or community center. A listing of technical requirements may be found at AlcoholEdu.
How can I view the AlcoholEdu Site?
Simply visit: http://eiu.edu/alcoholedu/Prelogin.php. Once there you will need your EIU Net ID and EIU Password to access the PAWS system. Once within, PAWS, look for the My Health tab, click on it, and then look for the AlcoholEdu tab.