ACE IT


ACE IT is a program of the University of Illinois Counseling Center’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program. ACE IT's goal is to help you to stay safe, be healthy, and succeed academically—whether or not you choose to drink. It's offered in partnership with New Student Programs and is mandatory for all new undergraduate first year and transfer students under the age of 21.

What can I expect at ACE IT?

Due to COVID-19 health and safety considerations, ACE IT will occur in a virtual, complete-at-your-own pace format via Compass 2G for the Fall 2020 semester. Beginning August 10, students will receive a notification once the course is active in your Compass 2G dashboard. Students will log into Compass using their NetID and password to complete the online training. The deadline to complete this online training is September 18. Failure to complete ACE IT by the deadline may result in a registration delay.

You will complete interactive educational modules that represent a variety of alcohol and other drug-related situations. Each module will be accompanied by peer educators to examine attitudes, situations, and choices regarding drinking. You’ll also get a first look at the wealth of services and resources offered by the Counseling Center and throughout campus.

The workshop lasts about 60 minutes and after each session there will be a short quiz that must be passed with at least a 90 percent. For full completion, each section must be completed. As a take-away, you will have access to various handouts with information about related topics and campus resources.

What is ACE IT’s approach?

Many new students are making their own decisions about the use of alcohol for the first time, and the University of Illinois is committed to increasing the health, safety, and academic success of students as they adjust to campus life. Students who arrive predisposed not to drink need to know that they are not alone and that the University supports this choice. Students who believe that drinking will be an important part of their college experience need to be aware of the possible impact that the abuse of alcohol may have on their health, safety, and academic success. Due to the Counseling Center’s innovative harm reduction approach, ACE-IT does not lecture or preach abstinence.

ACE IT employs recordings, videos, and short quizzes to examine situations, attitudes, and choices regarding alcohol and the campus drinking culture. ACE IT Peer Educators do not lecture, but ask students to look at their own expectations and assumptions to avoid making high risk or passive decisions related to the use of alcohol. Students are encouraged to look at their own beliefs and behaviors about alcohol use, while listening to others and receiving information that will enable them to make low risk choices about consuming alcohol.

How do I become an ACE IT peer facilitator?

To become a peer facilitator, you will need to successfully complete CHLH 199-ACE (CHLH: Community Health), which is offered every Spring semester. You’ll be ready to serve as a peer facilitator the very next August/September. Coursework focuses on learning practical facilitation skills and alcohol education.

Commonly Asked Questions

How do I access the online training?

Navigate to Compass using the following link: compass2g.illinois.edu. Enter your NetID and password and access the course under the title ACE-IT.

When does the online training open and what is the deadline to complete it?

ACE-IT opens August 10 and will be available to complete until September 18.

How will ACE-IT staff know I completed the online training?

Completion will be recorded if students complete each section and the accompanying quiz.

Can I give feedback about the online training?

Yes! There is a survey available here.

What if I have other questions?

Contact ACE IT Staff at aceitprogram@illinois.edu.