OPEN offers students the opportunity to meet with staff for a 'check-in' about their alcohol and/or drug use; these check-in meetings can occur in both an individual and group format (for more information on group meetings, please check out the OPEN Group Signup and Information link on the left).
What is an individual OPEN check-in like?
Individual check-ins include two fifty-minute meetings with staff. Meetings focus on discussing your alcohol and/or drug use, giving personalized feedback, and developing strategies to help you make informed decisions about alcohol and/or drugs.
All meetings are confidential and (if required as part of a sanction) only your participation and completion of a sanction will be reported to your hearing officer.
As part of the check-in, you may be asked to complete an 'electronic CHECKUP To Go' on alcohol and/or marijuana. For more information on eCHECKs, take a look at the electronic CHECKUP To Go link on the left.
How do I sign up for an individual check-in?
If you are required to complete an individual check-in as part of a judicial sanction, your decision letter will note the dates by which you must contact OPEN and complete your sanction. In most cases, an OPEN staff member will contact you via your Northeastern email address within three business days of a finalized judicial decision to set up your first meeting. If you are not contacted by OPEN, it is your responsibility to make sure you complete your sanction by the date determined by your hearing officer.
If you would like to participate in a check-in, even if not part of a sanction, you are more than welcome to contact OPEN at anytime to set up a meeting or to ask questions.
To set up a check-in, contact OPEN at 617-373-4459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Originally headed into OPEN I pictured that I was going to have to sit down with a nosy therapist wanting to know all about my childhood, what kind of person I am, etc. etc. and on top of that I thought that it would be someone that would be talking down to me like I did something wrong. I thought it was going to be a person who was going to tell me what to do with my life, however, this was completely untrue, I realized this was not therapy by any means. It is rather an opportunity for students to reflect on habits that may affect short term/long term goals. Walking out of that meeting, I felt that my head was truly on straight and that I was on the right path not only with my education and starting my career, but also with how I deal with certain desires and distractions."
-Student who completed a check-in with staff.
"The OPEN meetings helped me a lot in gaining a healthy lifestyle. I don't think I could have done it without [the] awesome encouragement and support."
-Student who completed a check-in with staff