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Alcohol-Wise Requirement

Dear Student:

On behalf of the Department of Student Community Ethics (DSCE) and Western Carolina University (WCU) we would like to welcome you to our community.  Here at WCU we believe in fostering a community of integrity, respect, responsibility, engagement, and pride.  Part of upholding these core values as a WCU student is adhering to and taking responsibility as it pertains to the law and university policy regarding drugs and alcohol.  As a student at WCU, your decisions involving alcohol and drugs have the potential to affect not only your college career but the campus and surrounding local communities as well. 

One tool that WCU uses to help students understand the choices that they may face related to alcohol is called the “Alcohol-Wise” program.  This program helps students identify the potential consequences of their choices.  It is an online, interactive course that includes a self-assessment tool along with follow-up emails and other campus campaigns to promote healthy decision making.  We ask that you respond honestly and completely to all of the questions and items.  If the information you provide is accurate, the program’s responses will be more personally tailored to you.  The data gathered through your participation is used to gain a greater understanding of the freshman class.  WCU understands and respects the importance of your confidentiality and will not be privy to individual student’s responses.

At WCU, we are aware that this is a busy and exciting time in your life.  We also understand that portions of this program may have been shared with you through other channels.  However, we remain confident that completing this course will benefit you greatly and ask that you please take the time to process and understand this educational program  -  it could make or break your college career.

You will be automatically registered for this program and will not need to take any action beyond checking your email and following instructions.  These instructions for participating in the “Alcohol-Wise” program will be sent to your catamount email address.  Please make a habit of checking your catamount email for important updates and reminders.  All incoming students (who are under the age of 24 and are attending courses at the Cullowhee campus) are required to complete “Alcohol-Wise”.  The program can be completed starting on 8/1/2013 and must be completed with a passing grade of 80% or greater prior to 8/22/2013.  Failure to complete the program during this scheduled timeline will result in a registration hold being placed on your record.  This hold will prevent you from manipulating your schedule, sending transcripts to other schools, transferring, and/or any other registrar related functions.  30 days after a student completes the first part of the program, a short follow-up survey will be sent.  Though this follow-up is brief, it is just as important as the first part of the program and is part of the requirement.  Failure to complete the follow-up will, likewise, result in a registration hold. 

Again we thank you for choosing Western Carolina University.  We are glad to have you here and excited to work with you in to help you obtain your personal and academic goals.

Sincerely,

 

Margaret Z. Basehart
Coordinator, Alcohol and Drug Education

 

 

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