COVID-19

Due to University closure to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection, the Wellness and Health Advocacy Office is operating online and remotely. We understand that this is a stressful time for students and parents, and it is important to us that we continue to serve you and meet your needs as well as we can.

For assistance or questions, please contact Cassandra Worner, Coordinator of Student Wellness, at cworner@uwlax.edu. You may also contact the Student Life Office at studentlife@uwlax.edu or 608.785.8062.

Please see the University's page about COVID-19 for more information.

What is CASICS?

CASICS stands for Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students. This program is offered for all UWL students who may want to explore their marijuana use, and the goal of the program is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of marijuana abuse. The program is designed to assist students in examining their own behavior in a judgment-free environment. CASICS is include in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

CASICS IS NOT A "Just Say No" or abstinence-only programs. The CASICS facilitator will provide objective feedback based on an interview and questionnaires filled out by the student, in order to encourage positive changes in behavior. Essentially, CASICS will provide information and guidance, but what a student chooses to do with it is entirely up to them.

Who can use CASICS?

Some students attend CASICS to fulfill a UWL sanction as a result of an marijuana-related conduct decision, while others come because they have concerns about their marijuana use. CASICS is appropriate for anyone who uses marijuana in a high-risk manner, especially if you are concerned about your marijuana use and how it compares to other students.

The CASICS sessions are entirely confidential, and we will not disclose any information from the sessions to anyone without the student's permission. We will not provide certification of completion for the court system. We will not release any assessment results or personal information shared during the CASICS appointment.

What do the programs include?

All CASICS sessions are one-on-one with a facilitator and the student. It takes two sessions, typically two weeks apart, to complete the CASICS program.

  • Session I takes approximately 60 minutes. During this session, students meet their facilitator, are oriented to the program, answer interview questions, and complete an online questionnaire.
  • Session II also takes approximately 60 minutes. Students receive a personalized feedback profile that is based on the information obtained from interviews and questionnaires completed during the first session. Students review the feedback profile with the facilitator and, if appropriate, identify potential changes that could work to help reduce their risk for developing future marijuana-related problems.

e-CHUG

The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up To Go) is an interactive web survey that is a brief marijuana-specific assessment and feedback tool.  It provides students at colleges and universities insight into marijuana use using personalized information about their behaviors and risk factors.  The assessment takes about 30 minutes and is self-guided making it quick, confidential, and flexible to the student's free time and location. Take the e-CHUG now!

Please email wellness@uwlax.edu with questions.