Western Kentucky University

Educational Sanctions


Conduct information



Alcohol 101

(Any student with a first time violation of the alcohol code of conduct)

Provides information regarding alcohol consumption of college students

Educates students on alcohol statutes in the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Educates students on policies/sanctions related to alcohol at WKU

Offers suggestions and guidelines in practicing low-risk drinking habits


Prime for Life

(Any student with a major, 2nd violation of the alcohol code of conduct or 1st violation of the drug code of conduct)

PRIME For Life is an alcohol and drug program for people of all ages. It is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The program goals are to reduce the risk for health problems and impairment problems by: Increasing abstinence; delaying initial use; and decreasing high risk use

 A primary goal of PRIME For Life is prevention of any type of alcohol or drug problem. This includes prevention of health problems such as alcoholism, or impairment problems such as car crashes or fights. Emphasis is on knowing and understanding risks one cannot change and reducing risks one can change.

Many people who attend a PRIME For Life program already show signs of alcohol- or drug-related health or impairment problems. PRIME For Life is designed to effectively interrupt the progression of use with these audiences. PRIME For Life’s intervention component focuses on self-assessment to help people understand and accept the need for change. Intensive prevention services, counseling, or treatment may be necessary to support these changes. For those who already need treatment, the program serves as pre-treatment and support for abstinence.

Using a persuasion-based approach, instructors use a variety of delivery methods, including interactive presentation and small group discussion. Participants use work books throughout the course to complete a number of individual and group activities. Material is presented using a DVD platform with animation, full-motion video clips, and audio clips to enhance the learning experience.

Several themes run throughout PRIME For Life. The first is an emphasis on the reality that while all of us can influence another person's drinking choices to some degree, none of us can directly control those choices. Therefore, the program is designed to maximize the influence of helping professionals, instructors or family members.


Second, PRIME For Life is based on objective, documented research findings, not opinion, exaggerations or scare tactics. Credibility (of program and instructor/counselor) is a key factor in initiating and maintaining behavior change. Instructors are trained to master the program to maximize program impact.


Third, PRIME For Life focuses on information that is needed to bring about behavior change. In fact, a casual observer might conclude that the program places too little emphasis on process and that there is too much information for the typical participant to remember. Participants are not expected to remember the details of the research cited. The content is only one of the tools used in the persuasion process. What participants will remember are the critical conclusions that come from hearing the information: Who can experience alcohol or drug problems? How do I estimate biological risk? How do I know what low risk is and how far have my alcohol and drug choices progressed? They remember the information they can use, even if some do not use it right away. The carefully selected, research-based information also provides the credibility needed to promote change.


PRIME For Life emphasizes both what is said and how it is said. Both content and process are keys to successful delivery of the program and to the ultimate goal, behavior change.


Prime for Life Class Information

Students assigned this sanction will be required to pay $85.00 for educational materials provided in this nationally recognized and certified program. Successful completion of the program will provide students with useful information encouraging responsible and appropriate behavior when considering using alcohol or drugs. University policies regarding drug and alcohol use will also be addressed within the program.

Appropriate referrals are all first offense drug violations and second offense alcohol.  All other alcohol first time violations may include students found responsible of being drunk in the residence halls, a "major" violation of the alcohol policy, an alcohol-related offense who have a previous judicial record for an alcohol violation, regardless of when that violation occurred, another violation of WKU code of student conduct involving alcohol for the same incident (i.e., noise violation, fighting, vandalism), or providing alcohol to a minor and/or selling alcohol illegally.

All classes will be held in Potter Hall 4th Floor Large Conference Room. (please use 2nd floor entrance) Send all student referral questions and information to Jayne Zandstra via email at jayne.zandstra@wku.edu.


Class Schedule:

Saturday, March 22

Saturday, April 26

Saturday, May 3

 Last Modified 4/22/14