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Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a risk reduction program for college students who use alcohol, cannabis, and/or other substances  and have experienced, or are potentially at-risk for, substance-related concerns. BASICS aims to motivate students to examine their relationship to substance use in order to decrease the negative consequences of drinking.

Students who are referred to the Center for Wellness Promotion for substance use related concerns (either due to a policy violation, a referral from another student/staff member, or a self-referral) will complete a 15 minute intake with a staff member to assess the best educational resource. If referred to BASICS after initial intake, the student will have 2 separate one-hour sessions scheduled 2 weeks apart. Over the course of these sessions, students will complete alcohol and drug use assessments, discuss their history of substance use, analyze their current use, review alcohol and drug educational information, and identify ways that they may change their substance use behaviors.  All information shared by students with BASICS facilitators is kept confidential. 

For students who have been found responsible for violating campus substance use policies and assigned to complete BASICS or other educational programs with our office, the Center for Wellness Promotion works closely with Student Accountability and Conflict Resolution, as well as with Housing and Residence Life, to help students successfully complete their sanctions. BASICS is a free service for students - whether sanctioned to complete it by the University or otherwise. 

Frequently asked questions

Students who are sanctioned to the Center for Wellness Promotion for an alcohol or drug violation should schedule their 15 minute intake by emailing

If you are 15 minutes late or no-show your appointment, you will be responsible for rescheduling. Please note, there may be limited availability for BASICS appointments, therefore we can not guarantee immediate availability. If it is one month or more between your first and second appointment, you will need to complete your initial appointment again. 

Yes! The Center for Wellness Promotion is happy to work with students who are interested in making changes to their use of alcohol or marijuana and who are not referred to our department.  BASICS services are free for students who refer themselves to BASICS.

Students who fail to fully complete all requirements of their Wellness Promotion sanction will have a registration hold placed on their account.  This means that they will not be able to register for classes for the next semester.

If you find that your registration has been blocked, contact the Dean of Students Office at 704‑687‑6569 to discuss what you must do to have the hold removed.

Occasionally, UNC Charlotte students will receive a state ticket for an alcohol or drug violation. These are different from Campus Appearance Tickets (CATs) and typically require students to appear in state court.  Students who receive a state ticket often wish to know if they can go through the BASICS program at UNC Charlotte to satisfy court assessment requirements. The Center for Wellness Promotion CANNOT guarantee that the court system will allow students to go through our program rather than requiring an assessment and classes with an outside agency.  Some students have been allowed to go through our program, others have not been allowed to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns about substance use issues or about the BASICS program, please contact the Center for Wellness Promotion at 704-687-7414 during business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm) or by email a If leaving a voice message on our phone line or when emailing us, please leave a detailed description of your question or concern and your contact information. Depending on the nature of your question or concern, you will be directed to the most appropriate staff person in our department who can help address the issue.