Frequently Asked Questions

What is the KU alcohol education online course?

KU utilizes AlcoholEdu for College, an online, science-based program that provides the latest information about alcohol and its effects on the body and mind. The program is personalized to each student based on their previous alcohol education, choices regarding alcohol and gender. AlcoholEdu includes several chapters of content, interactive exercises, and assessments of alcohol-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. Whether you choose to drink or not, this course will empower you to make well informed decisions about your own use of alcohol and help you better cope with the drinking behavior of your friends and peers.

What does research say about AlcoholEdu?

Data suggest that AlcoholEdu significantly improves knowledge and increases protective behaviors among students who drink alcohol. A research study on AlcoholEdu showed that students who completed it experienced a 50% reduction in negative academic and personal consequences (Wall, 2007).

Wall, A. F. (2007). Evaluating a Health Education Website: The Case of AlcoholEdu. NASPA Journal, 44(4), Art. 4.

Who is required to take the course?

All newly-enrolled, degree-seeking students on the Lawrence campus under the age of 21 as of August 1st of the academic year are required to complete the KU alcohol education online course.

Are my answers confidential?

Yes, all survey responses are strictly confidential. KU will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual student answers. You can feel confident that providing truthful answers - no matter what they are - will not put you at any risk for repercussions.

How do I access the course?

The course will be available to access beginning February 1, 2021.

Detailed information about the course will be sent via email to the student's assigned KU email account once it is accessible. Also, the course may be accessible at

NOTE: For best results in accessing the course, Chrome or Firefox is preferred over Internet Explorer or other web browsers.

I don't have a computer. Where can I find a computer on campus to use?

If you do not have a computer, you can use any publicly available computer with Internet access (computer lab locations on campus)

What are the deadlines for the required online course?
  • Students will receive information via email about how to access the AlcoholEdu course. This is the first day students may log into Part 1 of AlcoholEdu. Part 1 takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Students should avoid waiting until the last minute to complete the program.
  • March 5, 2021 - Part 1 must be completed by this date or your enrollment for the following semester will be jeopardized.
  • You will receive an email 45 days after completing Part 1 prompting you to begin Part 2, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Students should avoid waiting until the last minute to complete the program.
  • Part 2 must be completed as soon as possible after receiving the email that Part 2 is available.
What happens if I do not complete the course by the deadlines?

Failure to complete both parts of the course by the deadlines will result in a hold on your record that will prevent enrollment for the following semester.

I am having technical problems, what should I do?

Trouble with AlcoholEdu:

If you receive the message "Service Unavailable" while trying to navigate through the course, please try the trouble shooting steps listed below:

  1. Try an alternate browser. Chrome or Firefox is preferred over Internet Explorer or other web browsers.
  2. Refresh the screen 2 to 3 times from within the course.
  3. Close all browser windows, and try logging into the course again.

If you experience other technical difficulties, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For support, click the "Help" button in any active window in AlcoholEdu or call 866-384-9062.

I would like to speak to someone at KU regarding the course. Who should I contact?

For questions about the Mandatory Alcohol Education Policy:

Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

For questions about compliance of the Mandatory Alcohol Education Policy:

Watkins Health Services
Compliance Coordinator


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