Students may be referred to see a BASICS provider in one of three ways: self-referral, soft referral, and mandatory referral.
The self-referral option is available to all students on campus. If students are concerned about their relationship with alcohol or you would like to learn more about how to maintain a healthy relationship with alcohol, the self-referral option may be a good option. To refer yourself to BASICS, simply complete the brief Anonymous Alcohol Self-Assessment. At the end of the assessment, you have the option to participate in BASICS. If you are interested in participating in BASICS, simply click the icon “Yes, I am interested in BASICS”. Taking the self-assessment does not commit you to being contacted by a provider. The self-assessment will be anonymous unless you specifically request to be contacted.
This brief screening tool is not intended to serve as a substitute for a complete substance use evaluation. If you feel that it would be beneficial for you to receive assistance for alcohol or other drug related concerns, please speak with your health care provider. This service is available to Columbia students on the Morningside campus and the Medical Center campus as well as Teachers College.
Soft referrals are for students whom BASICS is recommended, but not required. Soft referrals are available to all students on campus. There is a network of trained soft referrers across campus, including Deans, Columbia Health staff, athletic trainers, academic advisers, and others. Examples of soft referrals may include:
- Faculty member, instructor, staff member, or adviser is concerned about student’s use of alcohol or other drugs
- Academic problems that may be connected to student’s use of alcohol or other drugs
- Medical provider who has concerns about a student’s health related to substance use
- Mental health provider who has concerns about a student’s substance use
Mandatory referrals are for students whom BASICS is required. There is a network of trained mandatory referrers across campus, including various Deans, Residential Programs staff, Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards staff, and other administrators on campus. Examples of mandatory referrals may include:
- CU-EMS transports for alcohol or other drug related reason
- Violations of school policies or other students’ rights (e.g. sexual harassment) in which alcohol or other substance use was involved
- Ethical violations in which alcohol or substance use played a part
- Inappropriate behavior at school sponsored events, either on or off campus, in which alcohol or other drug use was involved
- Disruptive classroom behavior involving alcohol or substance use
- Alcohol or substance use–related problematic behavior at internships, externships, or other field placements
For policy violations involving substance use, the mandatory referrer also has the option to recommend BASICS as an educational part of the process. It is up tat the mandatory referrer’s discretion if BASICS would be an appropriate educational option for those in violation of policies, procedures, or regulations that are related to alcohol or other substance abuse or misuse on or off campus. It’s important to emphasize that a referral to BASICS is educational and is not meant to be a means of discipline. Regardless of the type of referral, BASICS sessions are always tailored to the goals of each individual student.
For questions about BASICS, email firstname.lastname@example.org.