A Letter for Students

July 2017

Dear Class of 2021:

Welcome to The University of Alabama! Our faculty and staff share your excitement and wish you every success as you reach for your personal and academic goals.

Being a first-year college student has many opportunities for growth and learning, but the newness of the situation can be challenging. The University of Alabama offers numerous programs and services to help you during this transition.

Included among those programs are AlcoholEdu, Haven, and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, web-based prevention programs that are required of all incoming students. These programs, recognized nationally for their effectiveness, use the latest prevention techniques and science-based research to educate students about the impact of alcohol and sexual assault prevention along with prescription drug abuse prevention. The content in each of these courses helps The University meet the federal requirements from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Most likely you are attending The University of Alabama because you wanted to better yourself in some way. The lessons you learn in the classroom will certainly help you achieve that goal, however, at UA we are dedicated to ensuring that our students are advancing themselves beyond the classroom. We are dedicated to setting you up for greater success both as a student and a member of the community here and beyond.

Therefore, every incoming student is required to take AlcoholEdu, Haven, and the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention courses.  On July 19, you will receive an email giving you specific directions for logging on to the three courses through MyBama. You will need to complete Part 1 of each course, which takes about two and a half (2.5) hours to finish; this process may be broken down into multiple sessions, but must be completed by August 18.  On or after September 25, you will receive an automated e-mail asking you to complete Part 2, which will take about 15 minutes. You have not completed the program until both Part 1 and Part 2 have been submitted.

To take the course, you will need a computer with internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to a computer, you can use any available computer with internet access, such as those at your public library. Certain University of Alabama computer labs are available to you as well if you are on campus.

Please note the courses may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure your attitudes and behaviors.  All individual survey responses are strictly confidential; UA officials will never see any individual student’s answers.

We are confident that you will benefit from taking the AlcoholEdu, Haven, and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention courses. Please complete the course by the deadlines noted, as it is required for all incoming students. Remember that Part 1 of each of the three courses must be completed by August 18.

While a 2.5-hour educational program doesn’t guarantee a safer campus community, AlcoholEdu and Haven have proven to be helpful to more than one million college students who have taken the courses nationally. It is our hope that the program will make a difference in our students’ lives by helping you make good decisions about alcohol and personal safety.

Thank you for promptly completing Part 1 of the course. If you have any questions about the program or problems accessing the course (access is available beginning July 19), please reference our website at http://alcoholedu.ua.edu, which will be updated frequently, or contact alcoholedu@ua.edu. Have a safe summer and great freshman year!






Stuart R. Bell

Be On the Lookout

You will receive an email on July 19 that will provide more details about this program, including how to access the course and deadline dates for completing it.