UT University Health Services

BASICS Overview and FAQ: Students

Answers to General Questions
Answers to Scheduling Questions
Answers to Confidentiality Questions
Answers to Questions about Fees
Answers to Sanction Requirement Questions

General Information

What is BASICS?

BASICS is a harm reduction program designed to help students examine their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. Program goals are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and potential, harmful consequences.

Where do I go for BASICS? 

Longhorn Wellness Center on the first floor of the Student Services Building (SSB 1.106).

How long will it take to complete BASICS 

BASICS is a two part program:

  • The first part of BASICS is a group session that lasts about one hour.
  • Two weeks later, you will schedule an individual session that will last about one hour.

Do I need to bring anything?
It is strongly suggested, but not required, that you bring your laptop to Session One. BASICS supplies other materials.

What happens if I never complete BASICS?
If you fail to complete BASICS, a bar will be placed on your registration for the next semester. A bar prevents you from registering for classes or obtaining official transcripts or a diploma.

Scheduling

How do I schedule an appointment for BASICS?
Log into the BASICS Student Portal, access the class schedule calendar, and select an appointment time. Factor in travel time to your appointment.

How do I cancel an appointment for BASICS?
Log into the BASICS Student Portal, access the class schedule calendar. Remove yourself from your selected time and reschedule.

What if I don't or can't schedule Session One within two weeks of being sanctioned/initial email notification? 
After you receive an email from the BASICS portal, you will be prompted to schedule Session One. If you are unable to set up an appointment with the available time slots, call the Longhorn Wellness Center at 512-475-8252.

If you have a scheduling conflict after you have made your appointment, you can change your appointment online up to two hours before the original appointment. Changes made less than two hours before your appointment will result in a $25 no-show charge.

If you choose not to schedule an appointment, a bar will be placed on your account until BASICS is completed. A bar prevents you from registering for classes or obtaining official transcripts or a diploma.

What if I don't or can't schedule Session Two within two weeks of Session One? 
During Session One, you will be able to schedule Session Two. If you have a scheduling conflict after you have made your appointment, you can change your appointment online. Changes made within two hours of your appointment will result in a $25 no-show charge.

What should I do if I'm running late?
Please call the Longhorn Wellness Center at 512-475-8252. If you are more than ten minutes late, you will be unable to attend the first session and will have to reschedule and pay a $25 no-show charge.

Confidentiality

Will my parent(s) be notified that I have to complete BASICS?
No one will be contacted or notified about your participation in BASICS without your written consent (read the following).

Will the answers I provide in the BASICS Feedback assessment be kept confidential?
BASICS staff will not share your feedback report with anyone without your written consent. However, BASICS staff are required by law to report disclosed information to the appropriate authorities:

  • When serious and foreseeable harm to you or others is evident
  • When release of confidential information is required by court order or requested by you
  • When child abuse or neglect is evident or suspected
  • When abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults who are vulnerable due to physical or mental impairment or advanced age is evident or suspected

What else do I need to know regarding confidentiality?
BASICS facilitators receive the same confidentiality training as all University Health Services healthcare providers and staff. 


The BASICS program routinely records sessions for purposes of staff training and development. You will be asked for your permission to audio record and then you will be asked to sign a consent form. Staff will NOT record a session without written consent.

I am required to complete BASICS. What will you tell the person/entity that requires me to complete BASICS?
We will only tell the referring party whether or not you have completed BASICS. No additional information, including your assessment, personalized feedback, or conversations you have with your BASICS facilitator will be shared. Your attendance at BASICS will be available to certain University officials should you have another alcohol-or-other-drug-related violation. Failure to comply with the requirement to complete BASICS may be reflected in your disciplinary record.

Will this be a part of my medical record?
Your participation in BASICS is not a part of your medical record, and the information you provide in your feedback report is NOT part of your medical, academic, or judicial record.

Where are my BASICS records kept?
BASICS records are kept on a secure, password-protected, off-site server.

Charges

  • No-show fee - $25 per missed session regardless of referral type

How do I pay a no-show charge?
You can pay online through the "What I Owe" page or in the UHS Billing and Insurance Office (SSB 2.106B).That office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, BevoBucks, cash, check, or money order.

What happens if I forget to pay the no-show fee? 
A financial bar will be placed on your record if payment is not received within ten days from the date the charge is posted to What I Owe. A bar prevents you from registering for classes or obtaining official transcripts or a diploma. You can pay or make arrangements to pay your bill in full to clear the bar.

Sanction Requirements

How do I prove/verify that I have completed BASICS? 
A signed, dated page from your BASICS Feedback Report (used in Session Two) serves as a certificate of completion. Within three days of program completion, take the certificate to the front desk of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SSB 4.104, Weekdays 8 am - 5 pm) to verify participation and complete the sanction requirement.

What happens if I'm mandated to take BASICS again? 
You will complete the same process, attending both the group and individual sessions.

If you are mandated to complete BASICS for a third time, you will be referred for individual sessions with the Alcohol and Other Drug Program counselor in the Counseling and Mental Health Center.

Can I use BASICS for my court case?
The BASICS program has an agreement with two local court districts, Travis County Justice of the Peace Court #5 and the Downtown Austin Community Court, in which a student can request a judge’s approval to count BASICS toward required community service hours.

To participate in BASICS, visit https://utexas.basicsfeedback.com/portal. For other questions, contact 512-475-8252.

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