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.