University life offers an infinite number of opportunities and choices, and for many, a new level of independence. Tragic national headlines remind us that beyond simply a "rite of passage," alcohol abuse can have life-changing and even life-ending consequences.
Fortunately, at IWU, the vast majority of students make wise choices regarding the use of alcohol. One third of our students choose not to drink alcohol at all. Others choose to drink legally and in moderation. Those who use in excess are certainly in the minority at IWU. To encourage these trends to continue and improve, in addition to enforcing specific alcohol policies, IWU will remain proactive in providing students the information they need to make informed, healthy choices.
As in numerous other areas, alcohol education is an important example of how IWU strives for excellence, follows best national practices, and uses methods that have been demonstrated effective. One such proactive method is My Student Body, an on-line program designed to help students examine personal beliefs, behaviors and consequences, while highlighting prevention education through interactive tools, peer stories and informational pieces.
National studies confirm that choices regarding the use of alcohol can significantly affect student's residential and academic experience. As a residential campus, it is our goal that all IWU students have taken the time to consider or reflect on choices made concerning alcohol usage. We hope the My Student Body program will raise thoughts or questions to discuss with parents and friends before coming to IWU.
While we encourage all IWU students to complete the full Essential Course (Alcohol, Drug, and Sexual Violence sections), incoming students will need to complete the Alcohol section with a passing score of 85% or better before registering for housing. You will have 3 attempts to complete the course. Students will be required to provide their scores on the housing application survey.
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