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Education Classes

The Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) offers a wide range of services, including individual and group education/counseling, training, consultation, assessment, advocacy, outreach and prevention programming.

Course Fees

A course fee of $100 will only be charged if you need to complete one of our interventions as a result of: a) being found responsible of an alcohol violation of the student code of conduct by the Office of Student Conduct, and/or b) services are necessary to complete court mandated education or counseling. If your referral is only the result of actions by a student organization process, you will not be charged.

Please note the following class procedures

  • You are responsible for checking your Virginia Tech email account for email notifications about completing surveys and your class assignment.
  • You will receive an initial email from CAAPC when we receive your referral. This email and all emails from CAAPC will begin with “CAAPC: {Name of email}.” At that point, you will need to complete the Intake Form within three business days.
  • You will receive your assignment via email within five business days after completing your Intake Form. In this email, you will instructed to complete a second form that is used to provide information to the facilitator and is part of our evaluation of the education/intervention. When this is completed, you will automatically receive an email with information about signing up for your class/appointment.
  • You then need to sign up for your session(s) by following the directions in the email (if a session is not available, you will need to contact CAAPC). Otherwise, within three business days following your assignment, the CAAPC staff will assign you a session based on your university class schedule. This will be communicated via email.
  • If you have a conflict (e.g. common-time exam) with the class assigned to you, it is your responsibility to contact  CAAPC at 231-2233 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at least 48-hours before your assigned class/appointment.
  • 30 days after the completion of your session(s), you will be required to complete an online Check-Up Form. You will receive an email about this as well.
  • A $25.00 administrative fee will be charged to your student account if you fail to attend your scheduled session, if you reschedule your class more than once, or fail to complete the required forms by the deadline. Additionally, you will receive a “Failure to Comply with a University Official” conduct referral for failing to complete these educational assignments.
  • Failure of the individual student to complete the assigned sanction by the time prescribed by the Office of Student Conduct may result in a one semester of suspension from the university.

The only excused absences are for an illness, as documented via university procedures and special circumstances, approved by the Dean of Students Office. Please provide at least 24-hours' notice. Please contact CAAPC should you have questions or need additional information.

Alcohol Education Classes

Reality Check: Party Positive

Description

Using a harm-reduction approach, this class addresses:

  • Alcohol consumption patterns of students at Virginia Tech
  • Virginia and Virginia Tech alcohol laws and policies
  • Alcohol’s effects on the brain
  • Tolerance
  • Alcohol dependence

In addition, this class explores “positive drinking,” including:

  • Lowering risk
  • Choosing not to drink
  • Specifying consumption guidelines and tips

This class is facilitated by peer educators and consists of a pre-class survey, one two-hour session, and a follow-up self-assessment.

Course procedures

  1. You will receive an initial email from the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center when you have been added to the Reality Check: Party Positive course. At that point you must complete the pre-class survey within three business days.
  2. After completing the survey, you will have the option to sign up for your class by following the directions in the email. If a class is not available, contact the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center if you would like your class assignment immediately. Within two business days following the completion of your survey, staff in the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center will assign you a class based on your university class schedule and you will receive an email confirmation.
  3. If you have a conflict (e.g. common-time exam) with the class assigned to you, it is your responsibility to contact the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center at 540-231-2233 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. within 48 hours of your class assignment.
  4. Following the completion of your class, you will be required to complete a follow-up online checkup within 30 days.

Attending Class

  1. You must arrive on time or you will not be admitted to the class.
  2. To be admitted to class, you must bring your feedback form generated by the online assessment.
  3. The only excused absences are for an illness as documented via university procedures or for special circumstances as approved by the Dean of Students Office. When possible, provide at least 24-hours notice.

Student Conduct Referrals and Court Ordered or Lawyer Recommended Education

If you are required to take this class by Student Conduct or any court or probation office, or if you are taking this class on the recommendation of your lawyer, there is a course fee of $63.  This fee covers the cost associated with administering, facilitating, updating, revising, and evaluating all Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center alcohol education interventions. The fee is charged as a “Health Services Fee” and is submitted to the recipient(s) of your online bill.

Failure of the individual student to complete the educational activity by the time prescribed by Student Conduct may result in a one semester of suspension from the university.

A $25 administrative fee will be charged to your student account if you fail to attend your scheduled class, reschedule your class more than once, or fail to complete the pre-class and follow-up surveys. Additionally, you will receive a “Failure to Comply with a University Official” conduct referral for failing to comply with these educational assignments.

Making Positive Choices

Description

This class consists of two 90-minute sessions that provide information on:

  • Alcohol consumption patterns of students at Virginia Tech
  • Virginia and Virginia Tech alcohol laws and policies
  • Alcohol’s effects on the brain
  • Tolerance
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Lowering risk
  • Choosing not to drink
  • Specific consumption guidelines and tips

The course also reviews self-management strategies for monitoring and controlling consumption.  Participants are required to keep a daily drinking log, complete all assignments prior to class, and complete a follow-up self-assessment.

Course procedures

  1. You will receive an initial email from the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center when you have been added to the Reality Check: Party Positive course. At that point you must complete the pre-class survey within three business days.
  2. After completing the survey, you will have the option to sign up for your class by following the directions in the email. If a class is not available, contact the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center if you would like your class assignment immediately. Within two business days following the completion of your survey, staff in the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center will assign you a class based on your university class schedule and you will receive an email confirmation.
  3. If you have a conflict (e.g. common-time exam) with the class assigned to you, it is your responsibility to contact the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center at 540-231-2233 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. within 48 hours of your class assignment.
  4. Following the completion of your class, you will be required to complete a follow-up online checkup within 30 days.

Attending Class

  1. You must arrive on time or you will not be admitted to the class.
  2. You must bring your feedback form generated by the online survey to be admitted to your second class.
  3. The only excused absences are for an illness as documented via university procedures or for special circumstances as approved by the Dean of Students Office. When possible, provide at least 24-hours notice.

Student Conduct Referrals and Court Ordered or Lawyer Recommended Education

If you are required to take this class by Student Conduct or any court or probation office, or if you are taking this class on the recommendation of your lawyer, there is a course fee of $100.  This fee covers the cost associated with administering, facilitating, updating, revising, and evaluating all Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center alcohol education interventions. The fee is charged as a “Health Services Fee” and is submitted to the recipient(s) of your online bill.

Failure of the individual student to complete the educational activity by the time prescribed by Student Conduct may result in a one semester of suspension from the university.

A $25 administrative fee will be charged to your student account if you fail to attend your scheduled class, reschedule your class more than once, or fail to complete the pre-class and follow-up surveys. Additionally, you will receive a “Failure to Comply with a University Official” conduct referral for failing to compete these educational assignments.

AlcoholEdu for College

AlcoholEdu: A Requirement for all First-Year Students at Virginia Tech

The faculty and staff of Virginia Tech share your exceptional ambition for all aspects of your life, in and out of the classroom. Your personal and professional development, and that of your peers, is the cornerstone of a partnership that will last during your years here and beyond. It is an exciting journey on which we embark together.

As you well know, alcohol is a significant issue in the lives of students in both high school and college, and throughout our lives. Whether you abstain from alcohol entirely or not, it is an influence in our lives and in the lives of our family and friends. Virginia Tech has joined together with many top schools in the country in adopting AlcoholEdu for College as a component of our alcohol prevention initiative. This is not an over-simplified, lecture style diatribe about the use of alcohol. It is a thoughtful, educated, and educational program for adults committed to thinking about their life choices.

Your physical and emotional health, now and throughout your life, will serve as a critical foundation for the greatness that your intellect and creativity afford you. And, as always, your commitment to yourself comes with a shared commitment to the health and welfare of others. Just as you have throughout your life, you will have a special opportunity to impact the lives of your peers in positive and productive ways, and we are committed to helping you do so in any way that we can.

To this end, we require every new incoming first-year student to take AlcoholEdu for College.

  • On July 30, 2013 you will receive an email with details on how to access the course
  • Part I Deadline: You must complete Part 1 (approximately 1.5–2.5 hours) by Wednesday, August 21, 2013
  • Approximately 45 days later, you will receive an automated email asking you to complete the course. At this time, you will need to log in again to complete Part 2, which takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • You have not completed the program until you have completed Part 2.

To take the course, you will need a computer with internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to a computer, you can use any publicly available computer with internet access. 

Please note that the course includes three surveys that offer you feedback on your alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are strictly confidentialVirginia Tech will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see any individual student's answers.

For more information, contact:
Courtney Woodside
540-231-2233
caapc@vt.edu

One-on-One Consultations

Following our harm-reduction approach, these one-on-one sessions provide students the opportunity to discuss personal habits and behaviors surrounding alcohol and/or substance use. The sessions are in an empathetic, non-confrontational, and non-judgmental environment. The overarching goal of these sessions is to assist students in exploring their alcohol or other drug use, with the goal of decreasing negative consequences.

The initial session gathers information about the student's recent patterns of consumption, personal beliefs about alcohol/drugs, and prepares the student for an online assessment survey.

Information from the online assessment survey is used to develop a customized feedback profile for use in the second session. This feedback profile compares personal use with the campus population, reviews individualized negative consequences and risk factors, clarifies perceived risks and benefits of drinking/drugs, and provides options to assist in making changes to decrease or abstain from alcohol/drug use.

Students may choose to continue to see a counselor for additional sessions and may be referred to Cook Counseling Center or other community resources when it is in the best interest of the student.

These sessions are delivered by trained personnel and counseling interns under supervision of a licensed counselor.