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UWL Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education Approach

Substance use and misuse can be a significant barrier to the success of students at colleges and universities across the country. Student Life: Wellness and Health Advocacy, in collaboration with multiple offices, agencies and individuals across UW-La Crosse, is committed to providing students an environment and stewarding a culture that is conducive to academic, career, and life success. Through evidence-based programming, prevention and education; continual review and evaluation; collaboration across campus and in the La Crosse community; and purposeful, intentional communication; our goal is to eliminate student harm related to drug and/or alcohol use, reduce alcohol and drug use among UW-L Students, and provide education and support so that students can make well-informed health-behavior decisions. If you have questions about this strategic framework, please contact the Wellness Coordinator at 608-785-8977 or 

Alcohol and other drug prevention and education: Evidence-based programs and practices

UW-La Crosse uses evidence-based programs and practices to address students' use of alcohol and drugs. For more information on the programs we use, please review the following information provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). 

  • BASICS: BASICS is used as a required educational sanction for alcohol-related conduct violations. It is facilitated over the course of two weeks in a one-on-one meeting format. 
  • CASICS: CASICS is used as a required educational sanction for drug-related conduct violations. 
  • We provide a universal prevention education program selected by UWL to provide the first level of alcohol, drug, and sexual assault prevention education. This program is required of all students who are new to UWL (no exceptions), and if it is not completed, a hold is placed on students' accounts preventing registration for subsequent semesters.
  • E-Checkup To Go: This is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking or cannabis use patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol or cannabis. The assessment takes about 30 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. Take the alcohol survey or the cannabis survey now!