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BASICS is a program to address substance use using a harm reduction approach.  It provides a confidential, non-judgmental environment to:

  • assess personal risk,
  • identify potential changes that could work for each student, and
  • help reduce risk for developing future problems associated with substance use.

Any UVA undergraduate, professional, or graduate student may complete the BASICS program to receive personalized feedback.  Students may be sanctioned by the University Judicial Council or encouraged to attend by one of our many referral partners. 

Register for BASICS Program

The BASICS program consists of a confidential online survey and a meeting to discuss your survey results.  Once you register, you will receive an email within three business days from SDSU eCHECKUP TO GO Programs.  This email will include a link to the online, confidential survey. 

Survey:  The confidential survey takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, and will ask questions about your substance use consumption patterns, history and any related issues.  There are separate surveys for alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs.  Please complete the survey(s) related to the substance(s) that you would like to discuss.

Meeting: At the end of the survey, you will be given a link to schedule an online appointment to discuss your results with a trained BASICS facilitator.  It is strongly recommended to schedule your appointment within three weeks of completing the survey.  If you complete multiple surveys, you only need to schedule one meeting.  The meeting will last about an hour, and you can check in at the front desk of the Office of Health Promotion, located in the lower level of the Elson Student Health Center (400 Brandon Avenue).  In this meeting, you can receive personalized information about your substance use and how it compares to other UVA students’ use.  You can also have the opportunity to explore ways to reduce future health, social, and legal risks.  Any protective strategies or reduction goals are selected by the student, not the facilitator.

Confidentiality  All information within the BASICS session is kept confidential between the student and the facilitator.  However, if a student indicates an intention to harm his/herself or others or a court order is issued, information may be disclosed as required by federal, state or local law.

What happens after a student completes BASICS?  At the conclusion of the BASICS meeting, the BASICS facilitator may provide recommendations for other university and community services that may be helpful.  A consent form can be provided if the student would like completion information shared with another source, but this is not required.

Cost  Students who are sanctioned by the University Judiciary Committee must pay a recovery charge of $50 which is billed to the student's SIS account.  For all other students, the cost is free.

There is a $25 cancellation charge billed to a student's SIS account if a student misses, cancels, or re-schedules an appointment without at least 24 hours advance notice.

An Evidence-Based Program  The University of Virginia’s BASICS program is based on a program created by Dr. Alan Marlatt, former Professor of Psychology and Director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington. The BASICS program is one of the most effective evidence-based substance education interventions with college students. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized BASICS as an evidence-based model program.

What other UVA Students are Saying about BASICS:

"It was confidential, helpful, and [the facilitator] truly cared about me and my situation."

"I appreciate the honest feedback and the opportunity to talk to someone else about how to make constructive changes in the future."

Please email Melanie Tyree or call 434-924-1509 if you have any questions about the program.