Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students
- BASICS is an acronym for Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students and consists of two, 50-minute individual sessions with a trained faculty or staff facilitator in which students examine their personal drinking behavior in a confidential and judgment-free setting.
- BASICS is an evidence-based program that helps students make better alcohol-use decisions and reduce their risks for alcohol-related harm. The goal is to help students take a critical look at their choices and ultimately reduce their risks.
- BASICS is aimed at students who have had negative experiences or problems related to alcohol and substance use. Students complete brief assignments between the first and second session that offers personalized feedback.
BASICS is not therapy or substance use treatment.
Why participate in BASICS?
BASICS gives you the opportunity to explore your level of risk, compare your alcohol use to other college students, identify possible changes, and help you reduce future risk in developing alcohol-related problems.
Who can attend?
- Any student that is concerned about their alcohol or other substance use and wants to explore their personal drinking behaviors can voluntarily attend BASICS.
- Any student encouraged to participate in BASICS by university faculty and staff (coaches, program administrators, counselors, health practitioners, etc.).
- Any student found in violation of the university’s alcohol or drug policies may be required to complete BASICS through the Office of Student Conduct.
- Complete the BASICS information form located here, or by clicking the button below.
- The program coordinator will assign you to a BASICS facilitator based on your preferences, who will contact you via email within 5 business days to set up your first meeting. If you do not hear from a facilitator within one week of submitting the online form, please contact the program coordinator.
The success of BASICS depends on students’ openness about their alcohol and other substance use.The information you share as part of the BASICS program is private. Information regarding your past/current history of substance use will not be reported to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary referral. If subsequent incidents involving alcohol or other substances occur, information may be shared with an assessment provider (counselor, psychologist, etc.) for determining appropriate recommendations.
Office of Student Conduct Referrals
- If you have been sanctioned to complete BASICS through the Office of Student Conduct, be sure to communicate promptly with your BASICS facilitator. Repeated cancellations, failure to respond and/or to appear on-time for meetings will result in your referral to the Office of Student Conduct for an honor code charge of “Failure to Comply.”
- Following your completion of BASICS, an email notification will be sent to the Office of Student Conduct. You will also receive a copy of the email notification.
- If you receive a notice of an overdue sanction and you have completed BASICS, please contact the program coordinator.
BASICS is widely acknowledged as one of the most effective alcohol education interventions to reduce harm caused by alcohol use with college students. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized BASICS as an evidence-based model program.