CASICS is utilized as an educational sanction when a UW-Madison student is found responsible for marijuana (or related) violations through the Chapter UWS 17 nonacademic misconduct disciplinary process. CASICS is an acronym that stands for Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students. CASICS is designed to address the risks associated with marijuana use among college students.

  1. What is CASICS?

CASICS involves a personal self-assessment and two one-on-one sessions with a professional substance abuse counselor. CASICS is for violations of university marijuana policies. In the sessions, students will have a structured opportunity in a non-judgmental setting 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 marijuana use.

  1. Why are students required to complete CASICS?

CASICS is one of the most effective education programs to help students reduce their risk associated with marijuana use. Students found responsible for misconduct are supported by the University, which is committed to assisting them in reducing the negative consequences of marijuana use.

3. How do students enroll in CASICS?

CASICS is provided through two community locations by two community partner organizations, Connections Counseling and Tellurian UCAN, Inc. Both organizations have extensive experience providing community services around alcohol and drug abuse.  Students can enroll in CASICS by calling one of the providers indicated below. Additional information on program availability is available online.

Tellurian UCAN, Inc.:         (608) 222-7311                          

Connections Counseling:   (608) 233-2100 (extension 0) 

4. How students verify completion of CASICS?

Students are generally required to complete CASICS 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 CASICS Completion Sheet (PDF) and bring it with them to their first session. 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.

5. What happens if a student misses a session or does not complete CASICS?

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