The ADE program coordinates quality interactive educational programming, training activities and educational sanctions to engage students as well as to promote healthy choices and decision making involving alcohol and drugs.

We seek to provide students with these opportunities through a variety of mediums:

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

The BASICS program uses a harm reduction approach and is designed to:

  • Provide an empathetic, non-judgmental environment to help you explore your alcohol use
  • Reduce risky behavior and negative consequences of alcohol abuse.
  • Help you identify changes that could help reduce your risk
  • Provide tangible skills for risk reduction

The BASICS program consists of two 50 minute sessions with a trained facilitator. During the first session, you will meet individually with a staff member and complete an online questionnaire. At the second session, you will discuss your questionnaire and personalized feedback with the staff member. You will receive a personalized feedback report that includes a comparison of your drinking to other CUA students. You will explore ways to reduce future health, social, and legal risks. Additional sessions beyond the first two may be required for some students.

Marijuana Intervention and Support (MIS)

The MIS program uses a harm reduction approach similar to the BASICS program. MIS consists of four individual sessions with a trained facilitator over the course of 6 weeks. These sessions are designed to:

  • Provide an supportive, non-judgmental environment to help you explore your marijuana use
  • Reduce risky behavior and negative consequences of marijuana abuse
  • Help you identify changes that could help reduce your risk through goal setting
  • Provide tangible skills for risk reduction

eCHECKUP TO GO for Alcohol / Marijuana

eCHECKUP TO GO offers two online questionnaires, for Alcohol and Marijuana, that provide quick, confidential feedback to you about your alcohol or marijuana use, particularly highlighting how your drinking or marijuana use compares to other CUA students and other college students across the country. These programs are personalized and evidence-based interventions that take about 15-20 minutes to complete. eCHECKUP TO GO is an element of our BASICS and MIS program. The program is also open to any CUA student who wishes to independently learn more about their alcohol and/or marijuana use. If you would like to schedule a meeting to review your results please contact the Dean of Students Office at or at 202-319-5619.

Click to access eCHECKUP TO GO for Alcohol.
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Informed Choices

Informed Choices is a program that provides a non-judgmental environment for students to learn and reflect on substance use. Through this interactive, discussion based workshop, students are able to gain skills related to harm reduction, prevention, and how to respond if someone needs assistance. This 1.5 hour group session will leave students equipped to make their own informed choices.


Options is a two-hour interactive sanctioned workshop. This discussion based program utilizes motivational interviewing to invite students to reflect on their choices involving marijuana. The workshop challenges expectancies, provides harm reduction techniques and teaches bystander intervention skills.

Choose Cardinals First

Choose Cardinals First program is a collaborative initiative that empowers participants to gain a better understanding of the challenges and consequences related to high-risk alcohol consumption while growing in their roles as student leaders who recognize their ability to influence and shift the campus climate. This three year leadership program is a collaboration between the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development and the Office of Campus Activities focusing on decision-making, protective strategy development, and skills-based leadership. For more information, or more information, visit Choose Cardinals First.


PEERS (Peer Educators Empowering Respectful Students) plan programs throughout the year in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Students. PEERS sponsor a number of awareness campaigns throughout the year including:

  • Happy 1st and 21st Catholic Birthday Card Campaign
  • NCAAW: National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Month
  • Safe Spring Break Week
For more information or to request a workshop, visit

Customized Trainings

Dean of Students staff and/or the PEERS are available to train students on a variety of topics related to alcohol and drug education. Contact to schedule training or to learn how we can customize a training for your group of students.