Think About It is an online course that prepares students for the unique challenges and responsibilities of college life. Focusing on minimizing risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and sexual violence, Think About It takes a harm-reduction approach that resonates with students and results in a healthy campus culture.
No. Because the course is available online, you can use any available computer with Internet access to complete the program.
In early August, you will receive an official Ball State email with instructions about how to complete the program. This will need to be completed prior to the beginning of classes.
Ball State recognizes that there is a responsibility in being part of a community. By taking Think About It, you will be better informed to make appropriate decisions not just for yourself, but for those around you. Living in a healthy community will create an environment that will help you reach your personal and professional goals.
Every new, incoming student will complete the Think About It program.
Yes, you do. Ball State is committed to teaching you safe behaviors and techniques—such as low-risk alcohol use and bystander intervention—to reduce the chance of harm to you and your fellow classmates. All incoming Ball State students are expected to complete this course.
Yes. Whether you drink or not, you will very likely encounter other students who drink or talk about drinking while at Ball State. The course provides information about coping with others' drinking behavior as well as responding effectively in situations where others are at risk of alcohol-related harm (e.g. alcohol poisoning, drinking and driving). Think About It provides personalized pathways through the course based on what students already know about alcohol, whether and/or how much they drink. If you do not drink, the material you receive will provide specific information tailored to you.
Students can go to the Counseling Center, which is located on the third floor of Lucina Hall. Students receive 12 free sessions per academic year. To schedule an appointment, call 765-285-1736.
The entire course will take about 90 minutes to complete, but you can log in and out should you need to break up the session. About eight weeks after classes start, students will receive e-mail instructions for completing Part 2, which will take about 20 minutes to complete.
No. Although all incoming students are expected to complete Think About It, the course and course grade will not be included in transcripts and does not meet any graduation requirements.
Yes. This college course will likely have a different focus than your high school course. Think About It for college students will likely have more information about safety, protective behaviors, and transitioning to the college environment.
Yes, the responses to questions in the program are confidential. No one will ever be able to connect you with your responses. Ball State University will receive only a notice that you have completed the course.
For more information about alcohol and other drug programs, the Office of Health, Alcohol and Drug Education offers a range of services, including smoking cessation classes, HIV testing, a weight loss support group, a resource room with massage chair, and the Condom Shoppe. Outreach programming is also available to residence halls, student organizations, and in classrooms about a variety of health and wellness topics.
The Office of Victim Services provides a range of resources offered online and in-person that address rape, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship violence. Related programs are frequently held in residence halls, classrooms, and for student organizations. Self-defense classes are regularly offered through the University Police Department.
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