Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Does Substance Abuse Services provide the services I need to fulfill court mandated requirements?
- I was arrested for a alcohol or other drug related offense. Whats going to happen to me now?
- I got in trouble in the Residence Halls or on-campus for drinking. What happens now?
- I'm worried about a friend who I think drinks too much. I'm not sure what to do.
- What is BASICS?
- What is Alcohol Edu?
- What is a Substance Abuse Evaluation?
- What is Prime for Life?
- I'm worried about how my drinking is impacting my life. What should I do?
- Are there self-help resources available on-campus?
- What Substance Abuse resources are available to me?
- Whats the Good Samaritan Provision?
- Whats e-Toke?
- Can I get help on-campus to quit smoking?
- Whats really considered "one drink?"
Does Substance Abuse Services provide the services I need to fulfill court mandated requirements?
In some cases, yes, but not always. Call or email Substance Abuse Services for eligibility criteria.
I was arrested for a alcohol or other drug related offense. What’s going to happen to me now?
Check out the law and policy page on our site for helpful information. Substance Abuse Services cannot provide legal advice, but can recommend you get in touch with either a family attorney, if that’s an option for you, or you can request the assistance of a public defender.
Contact information for a local public defender is:
I got in trouble in the Residence Halls or on-campus for drinking. What happens now?
You’ll hear from a Student Conduct Administrator (either a Residence Life Coordinator, or member of the Dean of Students office) very soon. Check out the law and policy page on our site for helpful information. For Residence Hall process specific information, please visit http://www.uni.edu/dor and for the Student Conduct Code, please visit http://www.uni.edu/policies/302.
I’m worried about a friend who I think drinks too much. I’m not sure what to do.
Your friend is fortunate to have YOU as a friend. You’ll find helpful information on our getting help page. Please feel free to contact Substance Abuse Services for a consultation on how you can best help your friend, or if you’d just like to talk with someone about your concerns.
What is BASICS?
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students) is a harm reduction approach regarding drinking. It was specifically developed for use with college students. After completing a confidential questionnaire about your drinking, program staff will develop a personalized feedback profile. The profile includes myths about alcohol’s effects, facts on alcohol norms, ways to reduce future risks associated with alcohol use, and a menu of options to assist in making any desired changes.
If you would like to participate in BASICS or obtain further information, please contact Substance Abuse Services
In addition to Mark Rowe-Barth, UHS Staff members Joan Thompson and Kathy Green also facilitate individual BASICS meetings.
What is Alcohol Edu?
Alcohol Edu is a 2 to 3 hour online alcohol education course. You will be provided with a web address and a password that allows you to conveniently access the course from your home computer or a computer lab. Taking the course in more than one sitting will facilitate retention of the material, helping you perform optimally on the final exam. The course is divided into six chapters that include information on alcohol metabolism, blood alcohol concentration, alcohol’s effect upon learning, memory and behavior, alcohol poisoning, impaired driving, alcohol abuse and addiction.
If you would like to participate in Alcohol Edu or obtain further information, please contact Substance Abuse Services.
What is a Substance Abuse Evaluation?
A Substance Abuse Evaluation is a testing process used to determine whether a person is addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. The evaluation process requires approximately an hour and a half. You will complete questionnaires concerning your alcohol and other drug use and difficulties your use has caused. After the initial meeting, an additional session would be scheduled to review the results of the testing and to discuss subsequent recommendations. Follow-up recommendations may include educational and/or treatment referrals.
If you would like to have a Substance Abuse Evaluation or obtain further information, please contact Substance Abuse Services.
What is Prime for Life?
Prime for Life is an extensive, 12-hour program that focuses on individual drinking choices. You will learn about the amount and frequency of drinking that is considered low-risk, and learn how a family history of addiction increases your risk for alcoholism. The course also introduces signs of a drinking problem and highlights substance abuse resources that are available on and off campus.
You will also complete a self-assessment of your drinking and learn where you can access a more in-depth substance abuse evaluation. The course also thoroughly addresses driving under the influence. This course is provided by:
- Hawkeye Community College (319-296-2460)
- Pathways Behavioral Services (319-235-6571)
- Cedar Valley Recovery Services (319-277-5808)
Please phone these programs directly to obtain a class schedule and/or to register for the class.
I’m worried about how my drinking is impacting my life. What should I do?
If you are wondering whether you drink too much, we invite you to complete this free, anonymous questionnaire about your alcohol consumption. In only a few minutes, you can get personalized feedback that will help you decide whether or not a consultation with a campus health professional would be helpful to you.
If you’d like to set-up a consultation with a Substance Abuse Services Staff member, please call (319) 273-3423 or complete the online request form.
Are there self-help resources available on-campus?
Absolutely! The Wellness Resource Lab, located on the 1st floor of the Wellness Recreation Center in Room 104, includes a resource library with many books, videos, cassettes, pamphlets and newsletters on a variety of health and wellness topics. There is also a special section for Violence Intervention Resources.
Checking out materials is free and you may keep these materials for two weeks. If you have concerns about accessing materials from the Wellness Lab in person, please contact Substance Abuse Services staff member Mark Rowe-Barth to make confidential material check-out arrangements.
What Substance Abuse resources are available to me?
Please check-out this helpful listing of substance abuse resources
What’s the Good Samaritan Provision?
Students who seek medical assistance for themselves or another person due to intoxication of alcohol and/or drugs will not be subject to university disciplinary action, except when it has been determined that another violation of university policy has occurred (for example destruction of university property; fire safety violation; physical harm to another person, etc.). This includes an alleged victim of sexual misconduct or another student who shares information as either a witness to or as a reporter of sexual misconduct as long as the report is made in good faith. In order for this policy to apply, the student must agree to complete any and all recommended educational programming or other treatment recommended by the Dean of Students or a Student Conduct Administrator.
Examples where this policy would apply include:
- A student is reluctant to call an ambulance when a friend becomes unconscious following excessive consumption of alcohol because the reporting student is under the age of 21 and was also consuming alcohol.
- A student is reluctant to report that he/she has been sexually assaulted because he/she had been consuming alcohol and is under the age of 21.
Any exemption from disciplinary action granted under this policy may only apply to disciplinary action and/or sanctions under the Student Conduct Code and does not apply to any criminal action taken by law enforcement, such as issuing a citation or making an arrest.
While this policy applies to individual students, if an organization has been found in violation of the Student Conduct Code, then the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a guest may be viewed as a mitigating factor if or when sanctions are issued.
The complete Student Conduct Code is available at http://www.uni.edu/policies/302
e-Toke is designed to give you personalized feedback on your marijuana use. Answering each question truthfully and accurately will give you helpful feedback regarding your individual pattern of marijuana use and how it might be affecting your personal relationships, life and career goals, and your overall health and wellbeing.
Your answers are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. Your name is not attached to this form and no personally identifiable information from this survey will be stored.
Can I get help on-campus to quit smoking?
Contact Kathy Green, (319) 273-6921, for a personal consultation to help you develop a plan with strategies for quitting. She can also let you know if a Win by Quitting class / support group is scheduled.
What’s really considered “one drink?”
“One drink” means either one 12-ounce beer, one 4-ounce glass of wine or a mixed drink that contains one ounce of liquor. By keeping the pace to one drink per hour, your alcohol intake will not exceed your body’s ability to metabolize the alcohol.*