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Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks

NOTE: There will be no BSRC workshops offered the week of 4/24/17 to 4/28/17. If you still need to attend a BSRC workshop, please email to set up a date/time. Thank you.

All incoming first year & transfer students under 21 as of 1/1/17 for spring 2017 semester will be required to complete both of the following Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks (BSRC) requirements:

1) The in-person BSRC workshop: Information on the workshop is provided below.

2) The e-CHUG, an alcohol web survey with personalized feedback: find directions and access the survey here.

Students who do not complete these requirements will have a hold placed on their registration.

What’s new for BSRC this spring?

  • Students who meet the BSRC requirements can sign up for a workshop via CougSync. For directions, see below under How do I sign up for a BSRC workshop?
  • Those students who have signed up for BSRC on CougSync will be given priority seating. If a student has not signed up via CougSync, and there is room in the workshop, that student may attend.
  • Reminder emails will be sent to students, who have signed up for BSRC via CougSync.
  • The two BSRC holds will go on student accounts after the 10th day of classes.
  • The two BSRC holds will be removed only after the student has completed the requirements, a workshop and an online survey.

If you have questions, please check the Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks FAQ.

What is Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks?

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.

BSRC Academic Impacts & Retention

Listing of sexual consent videos used in BSRC

Who is required to attend for spring 2017?

Required to attend for spring 2017 semester:

  • Pullman campus students only
  • All incoming first year students under the age of 21 as of January 1, 2017
  • All incoming transfer students under the age of 21 as of January 1, 2017
  • This includes:
    • Those who live in a Greek residence or Residence Hall
    • Those who are International Students
    • Those who have an exception to the live-in rule or are a transfer student

Not required to attend for spring 2017 semester:

  • Students who do not attend the Pullman campus
  • Returning WSU students
  • Incoming first year or transfer students over the age of 21, as of August 1, 2016

If you do not fit the above requirements to attend and you are still receiving notices, send email with proper documentation to: Allow up to 48 hours for response.

Why should students 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
  • The interrelationships between alcohol/drug use and other life experiences, such as academic performance, sexual decision making, and stress.
  • Skill development in terms of understanding what is one drink and blood alcohol level.
  • 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 at all. 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.

What if I have a BSRC hold on my student account?

There are two types of BSRC student account holds, one for each of the two BSRC requirements listed at the top of this page.