Students have many choices about how to spend their social time at WSU. Like most other universities during the Week of Welcome, WSU is offering students the opportunity to explore what they expect and want from a university social experience, including substance use and sexual decision making in the Booze, Sex and Reality Checks outreach during the WSU Week of Welcome.
This outreach is put on by staff from WSU Counseling Services and ADCAPS and is geared to help students transition into the university social scene and culture. During Week of Welcome, students can participate in a Reality Checks outreach through their residence hall, through the Greek community recruitment process, or through transfer student sessions. Remember: This is a required outreach for all incoming first year and transfer students under the age of 21. Not attending the Reality Checks outreach will result in a hold placed on spring registration.
Why should my student take this class? Through the Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks outreach students will engage in interactive discussion that includes:
Information about substance use to help make independent and informed decisions
between alcohol/drug use and other life experiences, such as academic performance, sexual decision making, and stress.
How to minimize unwanted consequences of substance use (hangover, blackout, detox, academic difficulties, regrets, etc.)
Our approach is based on harm reduction
and accepts students wherever they are: those who already have a social community at university and those who aren't socially connected yet; those who choose not to drink and those who do drink; those who are sexually active and those who are not. The Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks outreach is designed to provide students with information regarding alcohol use and associated negative consequences, and the skills to reduce risky use and/or abstain from substance use altogether.
In sum, students will have many choices about how to spend social time at WSU. Yes, just like at any other university, some student at WSU party - use alcohol and other substances. If one is looking for it, partying is available at college. It is a part of university life and in the environment. However, research over the past decade tells us that WSU does not have a bigger problem than other universities of similar size and demographics. Specifically, the research indicates that when WSU students party, the majority tend to drink moderately or not atall. In fact, a significant portion of our student population (~20%) doesn't drink or use other substances at all (WSU NCHA, 2012).
Project Healthy Campus:Booze, Sex & Reality Checks Outcome Report.