Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drugs

AlcoholEdu Information

Ithaca College expects all incoming first year students to complete AlcoholEdu, an on-line alcohol education program, prior to arriving on campus. The course must be completed on a computer, iPad, or tablet (but NOT on a phone) with access to the internet and audio capabilities. 

Access to the course begins on August 4, 2014. The course takes about 90 minutes, and must be completed by August 21, 2014. 

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:

Q. What is the purpose of AlcoholEdu?

A. AlcoholEdu is designed to assist students in making healthy decisions regarding alcohol use in college. It includes information on college alcohol use statistics, alcohol’s effects on learning and memory, how to recognize and respond to an alcohol-related emergency, and how to find alcohol and drug-related services on campus.

Q.  How do students access the AlcoholEdu course?

A. Detailed information on how to access and complete the course will be provided in a letter mailed to all students in late July. The instructions will also be available to view on this website (coming soon!). The course must be completed on a computer, iPad, or tablet (NOT on a phone) with access to the internet and audio capabilities.

Q.  I am a transfer student.  Do I need to complete AlcoholEdu?

A.  We encourage transfer students to complete the course, but it is not mandatory.

Q. I am a parent of an incoming student. Do I have to complete AlcoholEdu?

A. No. There is an Alcohol Edu For Parents course which is optional, but not required. Information on how access and complete Alcohol Edu for Parents will be provided in a letter which will be sent to all parents in late July.

Q.  What about students who do not have easy access to computers at home or in their community?

A.  We ask that you consider all the possibilities for accessing a computer.  A friend or family member may be willing to let you use their computer for this purpose.  Also, many local libraries have computers available with internet access.The course can be completed on a computer, iPad, or tablet (but NOT on a phone) with access to the internet and audio capabilities.

If it is truly impossible to access a computer with necessary technical capabilities, you may receive an extension to complete the course on an Ithaca College computer.  Please email Nancy Reynolds in the Center for Health Promotion at nreynolds@ithaca.edu for more information.

Q.  Why is Ithaca College requiring an alcohol course?  Is there a drinking problem here?

A.  Ithaca College is pretty typical of most college campuses when it comes to alcohol use.  Most people drink moderately or do not drink at all.  The course is designed to help students think through decisions related to alcohol use.

Q.  What does the evaluation research say about the impact of online alcohol courses?

A.  Research conducted on online alcohol courses has shown encouraging results for college retention rates, GPA’s, and decreased alcohol consumption and related harm among college students. Most IC students report that they learned useful information from the course and that they would recommend it to a friend.