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AlcoholEdu

AlcoholEdu is an online course that educates students about the impacts of alcohol and provides them with the information  to make healthy decisions.

All incoming degree seeking undergraduate students—including first-year and transfer students—must complete AlcoholEdu. The program consists of two parts, both of which must be completed.

Responses to AlcoholEdu are strictly confidential; UW–Madison will only receive data about the student body as a whole. We will never see your individual answers.

Deadlines

Students will receive a message in their Canvas account to let them know AlcoholEdu is available and provide details on how to access the program.

Part 1 must completed by Thursday, August 27, 2020, with a passing grade of 70 percent or higher. The program takes approximate two to three hours to complete.

Part 2 is started 45 days after you complete Part 1. You will receive an email to complete Part 2, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Get started

  • Go to canvas.wisc.edu and sign on with your NetID and password.
  • Select the ‘Courses’ tab
  • Click on Fall 2020 AlcoholEdu to access the course.
  • On the registration page you may be asked for additional information to complete the creation of your account. You will not need to create an additional username or password.
  • You may login and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a “Next” button.

Important: Do not log out until you click the “Next” button or you will have to repeat the previous section.

  • To log back into your account, always access AlcoholEdu from Canvas and follow steps 2 and 3.

Technical difficulties

Trouble logging in to Canvas with your NetID? Try these steps or call the DoIt Help Desk at 608-264-HELP.

If you experience difficulty with AlcoholEdu, try the following:

  • Use an alternate browser.
  • Refresh the screen two to three times from within the course.
  • Close all browser windows, and try logging into the course again.

If you continue to experience technical difficulties, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is AlcoholEdu?

AlcoholEdu is a confidential, online alcohol prevention program used by more than 500 college and university campuses nationwide. This Population-Level Prevention® program is designed to challenge students’ expectations about alcohol while enabling them to make healthy and safe decisions.Whether or not a student drinks alcohol, the program will empower them to make well-informed decisions about alcohol, link their choices about drinking/not drinking to academic and personal success, and help them better cope with the drinking behavior of peers.

Who should complete AlcoholEdu?

All incoming, degree-seeking undergraduate students (first year and transfer) are required to complete AlcoholEdu.

Why am I being asked to take this course?

AlcoholEdu delivers an effective means for helping students practice safe and healthy choices. It also provides participants with a common baseline of knowledge and awareness of alcohol issues, and strengthens a shared set of campus norms and expectations around alcohol use.

View the policy in the Undergraduate Catalogue.

Who is required to complete AlcoholEdu?

All incoming, degree-seeking undergraduate students (first year and transfer) are required to complete AlcoholEdu. Failure to complete AlcoholEdu will result in a hold on your academic record for registration the following semester.

When do I need to complete the program by?

AlcoholEdu will be available in your Canvas account on August 3, 2020. Students will have until 11:59 p.m. on August 27, 2020 to complete Part 1 of the course. Forty-five days after you complete Part 1, you will receive an email letting you know that Part 2 is available for completion. Part 2 takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  You will not be permitted to register for Spring 2021 until you complete AlcoholEdu.

I don't drink; do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu?

Yes. Whether or not you drink, you will very likely encounter other students who drink or talk about drinking while at UW–Madison. The course provides information about coping with others’ drinking behavior as well as responding effectively in situations where others are at risk of alcohol-related harm (e.g. alcohol poisoning, potential drinking and driving). If you do not drink, the material you receive will provide specific information tailored to your choice.

I am a transfer student—do I need to complete AlcoholEdu?

Yes. Even though you may be of legal drinking age or have already considered your drinking behaviors, we expect you to complete the program because:

  1. You may learn from the program or rethink some of your attitudes and behaviors about alcohol;
  2. Your academics and social life may be affected by students whose drinking attitudes are less well-established than yours;
  3. As a new or returning student, you are responsible, as we all are, for helping maintain the health and safety of our campus.

I'm a transfer student and I already completed AlcoholEdu at my previous school. Do I need to complete it again?

If you completed AlcoholEdu at your previous college, you will need to send verification to alcoholedu@uhs.wisc.edu to prove that you have completed the course. The course must be AlcoholEdu. Even if the course you took was similar, you may not use it as a substitute. If you send verification that you have previously taken AlcoholEdu and have taken it within one year, then you may be granted an exemption from the course.

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I'm already 21—do I have to take the course?

If you are an incoming undergraduate (first-year or transfer) or if you are returning and will live in University Residence Halls, you are expected to complete the course. AlcoholEdu provides information about coping with others’ drinking behavior as well as responding effectively in situations where others are at risk of alcohol-related harm (e.g. alcohol poisoning, potential drinking and driving).

My religious beliefs forbid alcohol use. Why do I have to do this?

One of the purposes of the program is to provide the entire incoming class with a shared baseline of knowledge and awareness of alcohol issues, and to strengthen a shared set of campus norms and expectations around alcohol use.Even if you cannot drink, it’s very likely that during your college experience you will know others who do. Alcohol use could be a topic of discussion among classmates; the program includes material on managing peer pressure and what to do if one of your classmates drinks to the point of medical emergency.

Does AlcoholEdu count for court-mandated education?

No, AlcoholEdu does not meet requirements for court mandated education. Choices about Alcohol and BASICS meet the requirement. To set up either course contact either: Connections Counseling: (608) 233-2100 (extension 10) www.connectionscounseling.com
Tellurian UCAN, Inc.: (608) 442-4333 (extension 3) www.tellurian.org. If you have more question about the court/university mandated sanctions or the sanctions process, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 608-263-5700.

Do I need to take the entire program at once?

No. You may log in and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a “Next” button. DO NOT log out until you click the “Next” button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through. Note: Once you start the exam however, you need to complete it in one sitting. If you log out during the exam, the program will assume you are complete and will assign a grade.

Can I get in trouble for my answers on the surveys?

All individual answers are kept confidential and we are unable to see how individual students answer each question. UW–Madison will be able to see the collective data of the student body, but not specific responses. Students will NOT be penalized for any answers on the survey portion of AlcoholEdu.

What happens if I do not pass the exam?

You will need to retake the exam until you receive a passing grade of 70%. Part 1 is only completed after you have received a passing grade.

I missed the deadline—what do I do?

Email us at alcoholedu@uhs.wisc.edu and start the program as soon as possible.