Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is an evidence-based program designed to address higher risk alcohol use among college students.

BASICS is utilized as an educational sanction when a UW-Madison student is found responsible for alcohol (or related) violations through the Chapter UWS 17 nonacademic misconduct disciplinary process.

What is BASICS?

BASICS involves a personal self-assessment and two one-on-one sessions with a professional substance abuse counselor.

The BASICS program is utilized to address high risk drinking behavior, repeated violations, or any violation involving more serious circumstances such as incapacitation (Detox or ER transport) or disorderly conduct. In the sessions, students will have a structured opportunity in a non-judgmental environment to assess their individual risk and identify potential changes for the future, and is intended to reduce the potential harms that are associated with higher risk drinking.

Why are students required to complete BASICS?

Students found responsible for misconduct are supported by the University, which is committed to assisting them in reducing the negative consequences of their alcohol use on one’s self or others in the community. BASICS is one of the most effective education programs to help students reduce their risk associated with alcohol use. Information on the program’s impact.


How do students enroll in BASICS?

BASICS is provided at two community locations by community partner organizations. Students can enroll in BASICS by calling one of the providers.

Both organizations have extensive experience providing community services around alcohol and drug misuse.  Additional information on program availability is available online.

How do students verify completion of BASICS?

Students are generally required to complete BASICS within four weeks from their case decision date, and the exact due date is listed in a student’s finding letter issued by the investigating officer.

  • Students must print the Basics Completion sheet and bring it to the first session. The PDF is available for download and is also included in your decision letter.

Upon completion, the provider notifies the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, which will notify the investigating officer. Documentation regarding completion necessary for any court appearances should be requested from the provider.

Download the BASICS completion sheet (pdf)

What happens if I miss a session or do not complete BASICS?

Please refer to the provider cancellation policy for information on charges associated with missed sessions.  Failure to complete BASICS would constitute a violation of UWS Chapter 17.09(16), “Noncompliance with disciplinary sanctions,” and could result in additional disciplinary action, sanctions, and a hold placed on registration and transcripts.


Student Conduct and Community Standards Contacts

How can we help?

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Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
724 W. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53715

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

After Hours Contacts

Crisis response:
Call Mental Health Services
608-265-5600 (option 9)
Dial 911 for immediate help from the
UW Police Department
UWPD Non-emergency line: 608-264-2677