Center for Health & Wellness
What is CHOICES?
CHOICES is a two-hour, interactive journaling and discussion course for Emerson college students who have been referred for alcohol education as a result of a conduct/policy violation. The course is based on a peer-to-peer model, and is co-facilitated by two Emerson College student facilitators.
The goal of the program is to assist students in understanding the risks associated with alcohol consumption and the impact alcohol can have on their college experience, and to allow students to consider various strategies for making safer choices regarding alcohol consumption.
The CHOICES program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to draw their own conclusions.
How do I sign up for a CHOICES class?
There are several sessions of CHOICES offered each semester. To attend a CHOICES class:
- Choose a date/time that works with your schedule.
- Complete the online registration form at least 24 hours in advance of the first session.
- Class size is limited to 15 participants to encourage group participation. If the session you are registering for is already filled, we will email you and you will need to choose another date.
- If you miss a CHOICES class that you have already registered for, re-register for a new class and then email the Coordinator of Wellness Education to inform the Coordinator as to why you missed the class and what class you re-registered for.
CHOICES, Fall 2015
You should not miss a regularly scheduled class to attend CHOICES.
*Note: Because classes require group participation, group size must be capped. If the class you have registered for has reached its participant limit, you will be notified by the Center for Health & Wellness at least 24 hours in advance.
**If you believe that you need to receive an accommodation for a disability in order to have access to and/or proceed through the CHOICES program, you must make an accommodation request with the Disability Services Office (DSO). All student requests for accommodations will be evaluated by the DSO staff in collaboration with other campus offices as appropriate to the situation. Please be aware that the process you will follow for requesting accommodations and the DSO’s process for evaluating requests may take some time. Therefore, it is recommended that you contact the DSO as soon as possible so that you can manage this process with the Student Conduct process. Whether or not you have completed your process with the DSO you must still complete to program before your deadline, or contact Abigail Erle to extend the deadline. The DSO’s policies and procedures are on available their web site www.emerson.edu/DSO. The DSO is located on the 5th floor of 216 Tremont and can be contacted by phone 617-824-8592 or email: DSO@emerson.edu.
What else do I need to know?
- All students are required to bring their Emerson IDs to confirm attendance.
- Anyone coming to the program under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will forfeit his/her right to participate.
- All participants must be on time. If a participant does not attend the entire program, he/she receives no credit for completion.
- All participants must actively, positively participate in the session, follow instructions, complete evaluations and exercises, and maintain a high level of involvement. Anyone who disrupts or displays inappropriate conduct will be asked to leave and will forfeit credit for participation.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, all participants are required to maintain confidentiality among the group's members. Students will be sharing their thoughts and experiences, and students should respect the privacy of their peers and not share this information.
How will my resident director or the conduct coordinator know when I have completed CHOICES?
You will sign in with your student ID. After the class ends, the list of students who completed the course will be sent to the RDs and the conduct coordinator as proof that you fulfilled this requirement.