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.
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.
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.
Customized by sex, drinking pattern, level of awareness, and student choices on the pre-test survey, AlcoholEdu content is relevant to each student through customized pathways determined by logarithms. For example, the course pathway is different for students whose initial responses categorize them as abstainers, high risk, or moderate drinkers.
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.
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 600 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.
All undergraduates attending Eastern Illinois University for their first time must complete AlcoholEdu. For the Spring implementation, this will include any new student entering for the first time during a spring semester. For the Fall implementation, any new summer student who will remain at Eastern in Fall, and any new Fall student must complete Alcoholedu and Haven. 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.
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.
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.
For students entering in the summer or fall semesters AlcoholEdu is required to be completed by the first day of classes. The training will open August 1st.
For students entering in the spring semester AlcoholEdu is required to be completed by the first day of classes. The training will open December 1st.
For students who do not complete the training by the due date (first day of classes), a hold will be placed on their student account. These holds will prevent students from registering for upcoming semester classes.
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.
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.
No. 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 for students entering EIU in during the summer and fall semesters and December 1 for students entering EIU in the spring semester. Students and Parents will receive limited information on AlcoholEdu at Debut and Orientation Days.
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.
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.
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.
If you have documented learning needs that require an accommodation please contact the Health Education Resource Center at 217-581-7786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 contacts!
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.