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EIU students who are caught in violation of Charleston and non-Charleston community alcohol policies, Eastern Illinois University has developed the following remedial alcohol educations program based upon current research findings that indicate effectiveness of reducing high-risk alcohol consumption in college students.

Limitations/Point of Interest to the Courts

This program is intended as an education sanction and does not involve formal alcohol assessment or counseling.

Eastern Illinois University currently is not licensed or approved by the Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse to provide formalized assessments, ASAM treatment, or remedial DUI education/treatment. Furthermore, the Eastern Illinois University Health Service only has a Certified Prevention Professional on its staff; we currently do not have a Certified Addictions Counselor available. Students required to undergo formal assessment, DUI Remedial Education, or treatment are referred to off-campus providers in the Charleston area or the students' home communities.

Limitations/Point of Interest to Attorneys

It is the policy of the Eastern Illinois University Health Service's Health Education Resource Center to not see a student for the Off-Campus Remedial Alcohol Education Program until after the court has rendered a final sentence.

Misuse, abuse, and dependency of alcohol and other substances often have natural consequences (e.g. judicial sanctions, fines, education, treatment). In the past, students have initiated participation in this program prior to court appearances to intentionally minimize any sanctions that might be sentenced by the courts. Such action contradicts the philosophical underpinnings of natural consequences that we feel are important in helping to break the denial that those who are at risk of being chemically abusive or dependent might possess.

Program Costs

The Health Education Resource Center charges a program delivery fee of $150. This delivery fee covers program materials, staff time, and administrative fees.

Program Verification

Before initiating this program, students should forward any formal paperwork from the courts to the Assistant Director of Health Service or the Substance Abuse Education Coordinator for review to ensure that the Off-Campus Remedial Alcohol Education Program meets the court's requirements. Additionally, this paperwork should also contain information concerning

  • dates the student is to complete the program by;
  • individual/party program verification is to be sent to;

any additional reporting requirements by the court.

Program Components

Checkup to Go

Already in use by 71 universities and colleges across 23 states, it is a brief assessment and feedback tool designed to reduce drinking or marijuana use among college students. Checkup to Go is designed to motivate students to reduce their consumption using personalized information about their own drinking and risk factors. The feedback includes information that has been shown to be particularly motivating to college drinkers.

BASICS (2 Sessions)

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a prevention program for college students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk for alcohol-related problems. Following a harm reduction approach, BASICS aims to motivate students to reduce alcohol use in order to decrease the negative consequences of drinking. It is delivered over the course of two 1-hour interviews with a brief online assessment survey taken by the student after the first session.

CASICS (2 Sessions)

Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students (CASICS) are two, one-on-one sessions, typically one week apart. CASICS is delivered over the course of 2 sessions and takes approximately 60 minutes. Students review the feedback profile with the facilitator and, if appropriate, identify potential changes that could work to help reduce their risk for developing future alcohol- or marijuana-related problems.