Dear Parents,

Welcome to Marshall University!  We understand that sending your child off to college for the first time can be a difficult process. During the next four years, your child will grow and change in large part based on personal interactions and the environment in which he or she is living. We recognize that the culture at Marshall University will have a big impact on your child’s growth.

We take every part of the Marshall experience very seriously, and we have implemented a comprehensive prevention program to help our students – your children – make the safest, healthiest decisions possible.

As part of our comprehensive alcohol prevention program, every incoming first-year student will be required to take part in an online program called AlcoholEdu. Your student will not be charged any fees for this program. We will be communicating directly with your student by means of email regarding the information and instructions he/she needs to complete this program. To help ensure that your child meets this requirement, please remind your son or daughter that all students must complete Part 1 of the course by August 22, 2012.

While we are committed to making a difference with our students, we also understand that parents are the first line of defense against alcohol misuse and abuse. That’s why we have made AlcoholEdu® for Parents available to you.

AlcoholEdu for Parents is an online program designed to support your conversations about alcohol that will help shape the decisions your child must make in college surrounding alcohol use.

The program includes:

  • A brief introduction and suggestions on the best way to start conversations about alcohol (15 min).
  • An overview of the AlcoholEdu for College course structure and key concepts (5 min).
  • Direct access to AlcoholEdu for College, in an easy-to-use format that allows you to navigate freely from chapter to chapter (approx. 3 hours).
  • Helpful resources, such as tips on talking to your college student about alcohol, fact sheets on alcohol’s effect on the brain, how alcohol impairs learning and memory, and more.

Your participation is optional. If you choose to review this course, simply go to and use the password P237525PARENT.  We will also be adding a link to AlcoholEdu for parents on our parent website at  Please remember that your student will have a different login and password, so do not share your login information with them.

We are confident that AlcoholEdu for College will help ensure your child’s success at Marshall and in the future. If you have any questions on the programming that we offer, please feel free to contact our Student Health Education Office at 304-696-4800.


Stephen Hensley
Dean of Students