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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.

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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 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 for college personalized approach provides an experience that impacts both individual behavior and campus culture.

All first year students who are between 18 and 21 will be expected to complete phase one of the online course by August 19, 2013. Part two only lasts 15 minutes and will be completed 30-45 days after classes begin. By utilizing a universal prevention measure directed at all incoming undergraduate students at Purdue University, we can create a shared understanding of the issues and send a strong message regarding the potential negative impact alcohol can have on their academic and personal success.

Stakeholder Support

This program has been endorsed by the following offices: Center for Career Opportunities, Counseling and Psychological Services, Division of Recreational Sports, Housing and Food Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of International Programs, Office of Risk Management, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Office of Vice President for Student Affairs, Purdue University Police Department, Purdue University Student Health Center, Student Access, Student Wellness Office, Transition and Success Programs, and University Fire Department.

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