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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

Personal Drinking Profile (15 minutes)

The Personalized Drinking Profile involves a brief screening form that students fill out to discover their drinking patterns and how their drinking compares to that of the average EIU student. After completing the form and returning it to the HERC, the student will receive a feedback form. This feedback form includes a risk and family assessment and shows students what their typical BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is for a normal week and what it was during the last occasion where they drank the most. Students can also compare how much they perceive the average college student drinks to the actual amount the average person drinks.

Motivational Interview (Approximately 1 hour)

Students undergoing this program will meet with the Substance Abuse Education Graduate Assistant to review educational components covered, discuss findings of their Personal Drinking Profile, analyze motivation leading the students to drink, and creation of a plan to eliminate or reduce high-risk drinking and/or maintain sobriety.