Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drugs

Alcohol.Edu Online Course

Ithaca College expects all incoming freshmen to complete Alcohol.Edu, an on-line alcohol education program. Access to the course will become available on August 4, 2014 for Fall 2014 incoming students. Details on accessing the course will be provided in early summer.

Alcohol.Edu is designed to assist students in making healthy decisions regarding alcohol use in college. The course takes about 90 minutes to complete, and includes information on:

  • How expectations influence behavior
  • Alcohol’s effect on learning and memory
  • Recognizing and responding to an alcohol-related emergency
  • Blood alcohol concentration and low-risk drinking strategies

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

Q.  How do students access the AlcoholEdu course?

A. Detailed information on how to access and complete the course will be provided in early summer.

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 AlcoholEdu For Parents course which is optional, but not required. Information on how access and complete AlcoholEdu for Parents will be provided in early summer.

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.

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 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.