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Ithaca College expects all incoming first year students to complete Alcohol Edu, an online education course, prior to the start of the fall semester. Alcohol Edu can be completed on a computer, iPad, or tablet with access to the internet and audio capabilities. 

Our Fall 2020 Alcohol Edu course will be available beginning Monday, August 17th and must be completed by Friday, September 4th. Each student will receive an email containing a link to the login page for the course. Use your IC netpass (username and password) to log in and begin the course.

Consider taking Alcohol Edu in multiple sittings, rather than all at once. When you log back in, you can continue where you left off. The course will take you a total of about 90 minutes to complete.

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

Q. What is the purpose of Alcohol Edu?

A. Whether or not you drink alcohol, Alcohol Edu empowers students to make well-informed decisions and provides some simple strategies to help keep you and your friends safe. This online course 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 Alcohol Edu course?

A. Watch your IC email for a message on Monday, August 17th that assigns you to the Alcohol Edu course. The email contains a link to the course login page. Then you'll use your Ithaca College netpass (user name and password) to log in and begin the course. 

Q. Does the Alcohol Edu course collect personal information about my alcohol use?

A. The course includes confidential surveys to help personalize your experience and to measure alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors in our student population. ALL SURVEY RESPONSES ARE CONFIDENTIAL. IC will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see an individual student's answers.

Q. What if I have technical problems with completing the course on my computer?

A. Alcohol Edu works best on either Firefox or Chrome, so if you're using a different internet browser, you should consider making a temporary change for the purpose of completing the course. Free versions of Firefox and Chrome can easily be downloaded off the internet. For accessibility issues, select “Accessibility Mode” once you are in the course. Personalized technical support is available 24/7 via chat or phone. To access the Everfi Support Center, simply click on "Help" once you're in the course, or go directly to this link: support.everfi.com.

If you have any questions or concerns about your Alcohol Edu completion status, contact Nancy Reynolds, Ithaca College Center for Health Promotion, at nreynolds@ithaca.edu.

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

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 Alcohol Edu?

A. No. There are special resources for parents listed on the Center for Health Promotion web page, here: For Parents, but there is no required course for parents.

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.  The course can be completed on a computer, iPad, or tablet 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.