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Alcohol & Other Drugs

The basics of BASICS


What is BASICS?

BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol (and other drug) Screening and Intervention for College Students. It:

  • Is a one-on-one alcohol and/or other drug assessment and education program
  • Is designed to help you, the student, examine your drinking and/or drug use behaviors in a judgement-free environment.
  • Is not an abstinence-only program, but rather a harm-reduction approach to these topics
  • Allows you to select your own goals around reducing risky behaviors and avoiding harmful consequences related to alcohol and other drug use.


The BASICS Structure

BASICS involves two one-on-one sessions with the BASICS provider that occur approximately 7 to 10 days apart. Each session will take about 1 hour. You will also have a few assignments to complete between the two sessions.


BASICS Referrals

If you have been referred to the BASICS program, you will receive an email from the BASICS web portal. From there you can access the BASICS system, create your login credentials and use the calendar to set up your appointments.

Please note: There is a $50 fee for the program. However, if you complete both sessions within four weeks of your referral, the fee will be waived. Failure to complete the course in the allotted time may result in a $50 fee and a hold on your Skidmore account.

Not Referred but Interested in Going through the Program?

Did you know that anybody can go through the BASICS program?

You do not need to be worried that you have an alcohol or other drug problem to do BASICS. If you are interested in your consumption patterns, are looking to learn more about protective strategies, are worried about a friend or just want more information about alcohol and other drugs, BASICS is for you!

All you have to do is contact the provider below to arrange your appointments.


Download the BASICS Information Sheet Here


BASICS Provider Contact Information

For information about the BASICS program, please contact:

Wendy Walker
Prevention Specialist