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BASICS - Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students

BASICS is not...

BASICS is...

  • An alcohol education lecture
  • A program that only mandated students attend
  • The same for every student
  • Arbitrarily designed with no evidence base
  • Abstinence only
  • Blaming/judgmental
  • A discussion where students do most of the talking
  • A program for all Tulane students
  • An individualized experience
  • An evidence-based program specifically designed for college students
  • A chance to discuss experiences with substances and set goals for future use
  • Non-judgmental; students are the expert and are not told what they "should" be doing

What can I expect during a BASICS appointment?

During your BASICS appointment you will meet with your BASICS facilitator (a staff member at The Well) to discuss your alcohol and/or marijuana use and strategies for reducing harm. During your first session you will also fill out a comprehensive online assessment about your experiences with alcohol and/or marijuana. During your second session you will go over your responses to this assessment with your facilitator. 

I am interested in participating in BASICS. How do I register?

If you are interested in participating in BASICS, please email A staff member will respond to your request and walk you through the process. 

What if I'm required to complete BASICS?

If you are required to attend, a staff member will register you in the online BASICS system. You will receive an e-mail with your login information and instructions for accessing the BASICS Student Portal to schedule your sessions. If you have misplaced your login information please email

You will schedule both your first and second session at the same time. We strongly recommend that you do not reschedule your initial appointments. There are a limited number of appointments, and students who attempt to reschedule may not be able to find a new appointment that meets their administrative or conduct deadline for completion. 

BASICS sessions are confidential. The only information a referrer will receive is whether or not a student completed the program.

Is there a cost for BASICS?

If a student decides to attend BASICS on their own, there is no fee. 

If a student is mandated to attend BASICS:

  • 1st Referral – No fee
  • 2nd + Referral – $200 fee

Anyone who arrives more than 10 minutes late for a session will be required to reschedule.

Will anyone know if I've attended BASICS?

Confidentiality is an important aspect of the program and the information discussed during a session will not be shared. While BASICS sessions are confidential, information may be disclosed with a student's consent to appropriate administrators and health care professionals as needed. Furthermore, confidentiality cannot be upheld if a student indicates harm to self or others.

Where do I go for BASICS?

BASICS sessions are held in The Well offices at The Health Center, Uptown - Building 92.