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AlcoholEdu for Parents and Guardians

As the parent or guardian of a Purdue student, we welcome your involvement in our educational alcohol information program. Your student is expected to complete Part 1 of the AlcoholEdu for College course prior to arriving on campus. The goal of the program is to help students make informed decisions as they make the transition into college life. We encourage you to talk with your student about what he or she has learned and how this information might be useful in the future.

Background

The pre-college months and the first six weeks of college are a critical time in a student's transition to college. Going to college brings substantial increases in stress and responsibility as students experience increasing levels of independence and accountability. Some first-year students experiment with dangerous drinking during the first days and weeks of college. The risks for personal harm increase during this time while adjusting to their new social and physical surroundings and the change in their support systems.

Recommended Intervention

In order to educate our incoming students to make informed choices about their decisions related to alcohol use, first-year and transfer students will complete the AlcoholEdu for college online course by the first day of classes.

Created by the company Everfi, AlcoholEdu for college was the nation's first online alcohol prevention program and today is used at more than 500 colleges nationwide, including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. AlcoholEdu's personalized approach provides an experience that impacts both individual behavior and campus culture.

All first-year and transfer students who are under 21 will be expected to complete phase one of the online course by August 25, 2014. Part two lasts 15 minutes and will be completed six weeks after classes begin.

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