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Alcohol-Wise Online Alcohol Education Module FAQ


Why are students who don’t drink required to take the Alcohol-Wise program?

Even students who do not drink should be aware of the University’s policies and resources.  The module demonstrates ways in which you can be influential in addressing this issue and enhancing the safety of our community as well as how you can be an active bystander.  You’ll learn how to prevent the harmful effects of alcohol and how to deal effectively with others who are disruptive or in danger.

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Why does the program require me to provide information on my drinking behaviors?

The Alcohol-Wise program provides personalized feedback on health behaviors.  Providing participants with a customized drinking profile about alcohol consumption and related risk factors to reduce drinking is an evidence-based practice.  There are multiple research studies which document improved health outcomes using this format as compared to an educational module without personalized feedback.

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I’m not a traditionally-aged undergraduate student.  Why does this requirement apply to me?

All students should be aware of the University’s policies and resources.  The module will demonstrate ways in which you can be influential in addressing this issue and enhancing the safety of our community as well as how you can be an active bystander in preventing the harmful effects of alcohol.  Even students who are 21 or older may abuse alcohol and place themselves or others at risk.  Excessive alcohol consumption in the United States kills 88,000 people annually and cost $223.5 billion in lost productivity, health care, criminal justice and motor vehicle crashes (Source: Centers for Disease Control, 2014). 

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Why must graduate/professional students complete Alcohol-Wise?

You should be aware of the University’s policies and resources both as a graduate/professional student and in many cases, as a mentor or resource to undergraduate students.  The module will demonstrate ways in which you can be influential in addressing this issue and enhancing the safety of our community as well as how you can be an active bystander in preventing the harmful effects of alcohol.  Even students who are 21 or older may abuse alcohol and place themselves or others at risk.  Excessive alcohol consumption in the United States kills 88,000 people annually and cost $223.5 billion in lost productivity, health care, criminal justice and motor vehicle crashes (Source: Centers for Disease Control, 2014).  Every year, UVA administrators assist graduate and professional students with substance abuse problems to avoid jeopardizing their academic goals, safety, or the safety of others.  

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Will any of my information be shared without my permission?

UVA has contracted with 3rd Millennium Classrooms (the Alcohol-Wise provider) since 2008.  The University has a confidentiality agreement in place that clearly stipulates that no student information will be sold or shared.  The company has not contacted students for any reason aside from program completion reminders.  No student information has been shared or sold to third parties.

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Who has access to my survey responses?

All answers to survey and test questions within the Alcohol-Wise program are confidential.  NO ONE at UVA can access ANY student's responses.  The only information to which UVA administrators have access are the dates a student begins and completes the program and the final scores on the pre- and post-tests.  Upon completion of the project, 3rd Millennium Classrooms (the Alcohol-Wise provider) will provide the University with summary data on patterns of student alcohol use, protective behaviors, negative consequences and other information that will be helpful to identify areas in need of additional intervention.  No individual identifying information is included in any reports.

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What is done to keep my personal information secure?

3rd Millennium Classrooms (the Alcohol-Wise provider) uses AES 256-bit encryption and TSL 1.0 using SHA-1.  Their website certification is through GoDaddy. 

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Has this project been reviewed by the UVA Institutional Review Board?

The UVA Institutional Review Board has confirmed that the data collected in the modules is not considered research.  It is part of the educational intervention itself and the post-test is considered program evaluation.  As such, this program is not considered human subjects research.

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I lost the original email.  How do I access the Alcohol-Wise program?

  • To complete the module, you will need Web access, your UVa computing ID, and your NetBadge password.  The course has an audio component, so if you are accessing the module on a computer in a public space, you may wish to use a headset.
  • The undergraduate student module takes about one hour and 15 minutes to complete, and you can log in and out as needed.
  • Go to your UVA "To-Do" list in SIS and click on "Alcohol-Wise"
  • You will be taken to a Web page to launch the Alcohol-Wise program.
  • You must earn a passing grade of at least 80 percent to complete this UVA requirement.
  • Please note that you will receive an email 30 days after completing the module with a link to complete Part 2 of the Alcohol-Wise module.  Part 2 is a brief, confidential survey that assists UVa in assessing the efficacy of the program.  No one at UVa will have access to your responses.
  • For technical problems, contact: 3rd Millennium Classrooms (888-810-7990) or info@3rdmilclassrooms.com.

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I’m having technical problems with the Alcohol-Wise program after I login.  What should I do?

If you are having technical difficulties and have accessed the program using Internet Explorer, first try using a different browser (Foxfire, Chrome, Safari, etc.).  If you continue to have problems logging into the program or accessing specific content, contact 3rd Millennium Classrooms technical support at 1- 888-810-7990 or info@3rdmilclassrooms.com

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I just completed Alcohol-Wise, but I still have a SIS block. When will my block be removed?

Access CANNOT be restored immediately. Holds will be automatically lifted within 24 hours of completion. No one at the Gordie Center has the ability to remove SIS holds directly.

I have a SIS block but I'm not sure if I need to complete Alcohol-Wise or Not on Our Grounds. How do I know which course I need to take?

Go to your UVA "To-Do" list in SIS and click on the course(s) listed.

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I just completed Alcohol-Wise, but didn’t receive information on Part 2 of the program.  Will I have a SIS block?

No.  Part 2 of the program, consists of a brief, confidential survey that will be emailed to you 30 days after you pass the post-test.  The survey embedded in Part 2 assists UVa in assessing the efficacy of the program and is NOT related to SIS blocks.

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If you have questions not covered in the FAQ above, please contact the Gordie Center at gordiecenter@virginia.edu.