Montana State University


College Office

AlcoholEdu for College at MSU

Student Instructions
Parent Instructions
Trouble Shooting Guide
Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the program and the company that administers the program (Outside the Classroom), please check out: About Outside the Classroom

Student Instructions

To begin AlcoholEdu (on or after September 9th):

1. Go to:
2. Enter your AlcoholEdu for College Registration Code: C180461A

Note: When prompted, please enter your 8-digit Student ID (please include all zeros but do not include the ‘-‘) to ensure you receive credit for completion. You can look-up your Student ID on your Cat Card.

Other Important Information

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • You may take the course in multiple sittings. Sections end with a “Next” button. DO NOT log out until you click the “Next” button or you will have to repeat the section.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.

The first section of AlcoholEdu will take approximately two hours to complete. You may do this in multiple sessions or you may complete this first section all at once. The first section (2 surveys, three chapters, and an exam) must be completed by Monday, October 7th. You will be contacted thirty days after completing the first section and asked to complete the second section which takes roughly fifteen minutes and includes a final chapter 4 and a survey.

The deadline to complete part 2 is Friday, November 15th. Only after you have completed chapter 4 and the final survey will you have successfully completed the course.

Should you experience any technical problems, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the “Technical Help” button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu for College screen.  You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Technical Support Center. Or, you can reach a technical support person by calling 1-866-384-9062.

For questions regarding AlcoholEdu for College, please email or call the Health Promotion office at 994-5497.

Thank you,

The MSU Prevention Staff

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Parent Instructions

How to Take the Course – Directions for Parents Only

Please note: The Login ID provided below is for PARENTS ONLY.  We have provided your son or daughter with a separate student Login ID.  If you choose to review the course, it is essential that you only use the Login ID below so as not to interfere with your student’s account.

Directions to Login:

  1. Go to
  2. Please review the minimum technical requirements available at the bottom of the AlcoholEdu for Parents login page.
  3. Under New User, enter the following Login ID: P180461PARENT

 IMPORTANTDo NOT share this Web site and Login ID with your student as he/she will not receive credit for course completion under this account.

  1. Click “Sign Up” and follow the on-screen prompts.
  2. You may log in and out of the course at the end of each section.  Section ends are marked with a “Next” button.  Do not log out until you click the “Next” button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through.
  3. When you return, log in as a Returning User and enter the same email address and password you created when you first logged into the course.

Should you experience any technical difficulties, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Simply click on the “Technical Help” button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu for Parents screen or call 1-866-384-9062.  You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Help Site.  For other questions, call MSU Health Promotion at (406) 994-5497 or email .

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Student Troubleshooting Guide

DO's & DON'Ts for taking the course:

  • DO have the minimum system requirements installed: Flash 8.0 or higher and Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari. AlcoholEdu is not compatible with the AOL browser. DO NOT use the "Back" button on your browser.
  • DO click the "Next" button at the end of each section to save your progress. DO NOT have other browser windows open.
  • DO DISABLE all pop-up blockers and uninstall any toolbars. These can cause problems with the media files and cause them to loop over and over. DO NOT play music or run other video clips on your computer (CDs, MP3s, MySpace, other Web sites, etc.)

If you experience difficulty:

  1. Go to MyAlcoholEdu and choose "Audio Only" on the Course Settings page.
  2. Try another browser. We support Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
  3. If using wireless, connect directly to the Internet for a faster connection.
  4. Reboot your computer.
  5. Try another computer.
  6. Try a different internet connection (i.e. school lab or library, your home or home of friend/relative). If using dial-up, find a faster connection (i.e. DSL or Broadband).
  7. Try a different time of day (during non-peak hours, i.e. morning).

DO's & DON'Ts for the Exam:

  • DO take the Exam in one sitting - if you log out during the Exam, the course will assume you are complete and assign a grade. DO NOT have other applications or browsers open with course review information. This may cause errors with your Exam score.
  • DO contact the Student Online Technical Support Center if you experience a problem with the Exam. DO NOT use the browser's "Back" button when taking the Exam.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

What is AlcoholEdu?
AlcoholEdu is a science-based, interactive online program that provides students with information on alcohol and some of the more serious consequences, including impacts on the brain, body, and behavior. All incoming MSU students under the age of 21 (as of 09/14/10) are required to take AlcoholEdu. The program is interactive, matching course content to each student based on his or her behavior, attitudes, and what he or she already knows about alcohol. Whether students drink or not, AlcoholEdu is designed to encourage informed decision-making about alcohol use as well as providing information about responding to the drinking behavior of friends and peers. The program delivers information with a non-judgmental tone that supports students in making their own plan to reduce the risk of harm associating with drinking while in college.

Why does MSU use AlcoholEdu?
This program is one of many efforts at MSU to support better decision-making and a healthier campus environment where everyone every can live, study, work and have fun safely. We believe that students are best able to meet their individual and educational goals under these conditions. Many campuses across the country have found AlcoholEdu useful in encouraging less risky drinking and preventing some of the serious negative consequences of drinking, such as relationship violence, diminished academic performance or blackout.

If I don't drink, do I still have to complete AlcoholEdu?
Yes. All incoming MSU students, under the age of 21 (as of 09/14/10) are required to take AlcoholEdu for College. Whether you chose to drink or not, you will likely encounter other students who drink or talk about drinking while at MSU. The course provides information about intervening and dealing with with others' drinking behavior, as well as responding effectively in situations where peers may be at risk (e.g. sexual assault, alcohol poisoning, potential drinking and driving). AlcoholEdu provides personalized pathways through the course based on your own attitudes and behavior, even if you do not drink.

When will I take AlcoholEdu?
The course will be activated September 14th, 2010. The deadline for completing Part 1 of AlcoholEdu is October 9th, 2009. Thirty days later, you will receive email instructions for completing Part 2.

How long does it take to complete AlcoholEdu?
The course has 2 parts. Part 1 takes approximately 2 hours to complete and can be done in multiple sittings. Part 2 takes 15 minutes to complete. The course includes surveys, tests of knowledge, and chapters with information about:

  • How expectations influence behavior
  • How alcohol affects learning and memory
  • How to recognize and respond to an alcohol-related emergency
  • How the body and brain responds at various blood alcohol concentrations (BAC)
  • How to reduce risk from drinking using various strategies

Are my responses in AlcoholEdu confidential?
Yes. No one has can view your responses to questions within the course. Responses will be recorded without names or email addresses. AlcoholEdu has been designed to protect student privacy. The only information that the University will have access to is whether you have logged-in to the course, whether you have completed the course, and your grade on the exam at the end of Part 1.

How will MSU know if I have completed AlcoholEdu?
MSU staff members are able to track students' progress in the course through the AlcoholEdu program. You may be contacted by email if you have not completed the course at the designated deadlines (part 1 needs to be completed by October 9).

What if I do not pass the test at the end of the course?
You will have to retake the course until you receive a passing grade. Successful completion of AlcoholEdu includes passing the knowledge exam as well as completing the final chapter and survey.

What if I have difficulty logging in or get error messages?
AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click on "Technical Help" button in the upper-right hand corner of any window in AlcoholEdu for College or call 1-866-384-9062.

I logged out of the program earlier and now I can't get back in. What do I do?
Make sure you are using the same email account and password that you registered with. Do not create duplicate accounts or you will not receive credit for completing the course.

For any technical problem (or when in doubt), contact AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support by clicking on "Technical Help" in the right-hand corner of any open window for help. This will also link you with information on talking with a Technical Support representative 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Do students receive college credit for AlcoholEdu?
No. Although all new students are expected to complete AlcoholEdu, the course and course grade will not be included in your transcripts, nor does this meet any graduation requirement. The course is designed to increase students' knowledge about alcohol use, its consequences, and strategies for reducing negative consequences of alcohol in the college environment.

Are transfer students required to take AlcoholEdu?
All incoming MSU students, under the age of 21 as of the implementation date, are required to take AlcoholEdu. This includes transfers.

What if I do not complete the course?
All incoming MSU students under the age of 21 (as of the implementation date) are expected to complete AlcoholEdu. An academic hold will be placed on the student account of any student who does not complete the AlcoholEdu course. Multiple reminders will be sent throughout the semester.

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