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Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks

COVID-19 Update

The format of BSRC may be changing and this page will be updated when these details are finalized.

Health Promotion is currently accommodating presentation and outreach requests online via Zoom and is available by phone at 509-335-9355 and via email at Health Promotion staff is respecting the mandate for social distancing by teleworking.

What is Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks?

During the Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks (BSRC) workshop, you’ll learn valuable information about socializing, sexual decision making, and substance use. This program is for everyone regardless of relationship status, sexual activity, or substance use choices.

During BSRC we’ll talk about:

  • How to make informed decisions about your social experiences and substance use.
  • The interactions between socializing, substance use and important life experiences, such as academic success, sexual decision-making, consent, and mental health.
  • Drink size, alcohol type, and your individual blood alcohol levels
  • What you can do to minimize “not-so-positive” experiences that can happen when drinking.

BSRC is mandatory

All incoming first-year and transfer students on the Pullman campus who are degree seeking and under the age of 21 as of Aug. 1 (fall semester), and Jan. 1 (Spring semester) are required to complete BSRC during their first semester at WSU. This requirement also applies to students who are living on- and off-campus, and those who are enrolled part- or full-time.

Some students are not required to attend BSRC, including students who do not attend the Pullman campus and students over the age of 21 as of Aug. 1 (fall semester), and Jan. 1 (spring semester).

Other mandatory programs

In addition to BSRC, you may need to complete other mandatory programs.

When should I attend?

Incoming students will be able to attend a BSRC workshop on Sunday, January 12th. You will be able to sign up to receive text messages during your Alive! orientation on Friday, January 10th to find out which mandatory programs you are required to complete and to receive instructions on how to register for these

To ensure you receive credit for attending a BSRC workshop, please bring your WSU ID card.

You will also have the option to sign up and receive day-of text message reminders for the workshops you registered for.

If you did not sign up to receive text messages, you will be able to register for your workshops online. Registration link for Fall will appear here once it is available.

What happens if I cannot attend?

BSRC is a mandatory requirement. If you’re unable to attend a BSRC workshop on Sunday, January 12th, a Reality Checks registration hold will be placed on your student account and prevent you from registering for classes next semester.

It’s your responsibility to attend one of the limited make-up workshops during the semester. You will be able to register for a BSRC make-up workshop online. Registration link for Fall will appear here once it is available.

Attending a BSRC make-up workshop is the only way to remove your Reality Checks hold on your account. Temporary removal of a hold is not an option. Holds will be lifted every Friday after we receive confirmation that you have attended a workshop.

If you’ve already attended a BSRC workshop and have hold on your account, please email us and include:

  • Your full name
  • WSU ID number
  • The date, time, and location of the workshop you attended

Please allow two business days to process all requests so we may review our attendance files.

Additional questions

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (Note: Per WSU’s email policy, responses to emailed inquiries may only be sent to your official WSU email account.)