This is not an official University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Services publication and is only intended to serve as a display of my writing ability.

Required of incoming degree-seeking students and returners living in UW Residence Halls.

 MADISON, Wis. – According to a 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison PACE survey, 28 percent of students missed a class due to the negative consequences of their alcohol consumption and 25 percent of all college students reported academic consequences due to their drinking, according to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcholism.

During the fall 2014 semester, University Health Services (UHS) will require all incoming UW-Madison degree-seeking students and those returning to live in UW Residence Halls to complete a comprehensive online education program aimed to increase awareness and reduce high-risk drinking — AlcoholEdu.

 The program is aimed toward helping students make smart and healthy decisions in relation to their personal and academic success.

Part 1 will be available in the Learn@UW portal starting on July 21, 2014 and must be completed by Aug. 22, 2014 with a grade of at least 80 percent. Students will receive an email with the necessary links when the test is available and are advised to plan for approximately two to three hours to complete.

Forty-five days after Part 1 is finished an email will be sent to students asking them to complete Part 2, which will be available at the earliest on Sept. 4, 2014 and must be completed by Oct. 21, 2014. Individual answers and will be kept confidential as UW-Madison will only collect data about the general student population.

Videos, blogs, IM chats and comics about issues such as coping with the behavior of others who drink and what to do in a situation where peers are in danger of alcohol-related harm. More than 500 campuses across the country are using the program, covering 36 percent of all first-year students at four-year institutions in the United States.

A version for parents and guardians can also be found at http://parents.alcoholedu.com/ with a custom introduction, access to the AlcoholEdu College course and advice on how to talk about the topic with your student.

For more information about AlcoholEdu, visit http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/alcoholedu/. General questions should be directed to 608.265.4163 or alcoholedu@uhs.wisc.edu.

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