PEAR I and 2

PEAR I and 2

PEAR (Personal Education, Assistance, and Referral) programs are education services available to assist University of Pittsburgh Students in exploring the many aspects of alcohol use and personal decision-making.   PEAR classes offered by the Office of Health Education and Promotion may be used to fulfill educational requirements assigned by the University as part of a sanction for an alcohol policy violation.

PEAR 1 is for first time violations, consisting of a one time, three hour class and a one time, 30 minute one-on-one meeting with the facilitator in the following week.   PEAR 1 is led by graduated-level interns, managed by the Office of Health Education and Promotion at Student Health Service.   PEAR 1 focuses on topics such as alcohol and the body, alcohol emergencies and the health, social, and legal risks of drinking.   Group discussion also covers reducing high risk drinking and exploring possible consequences.

PEAR 2 is for second time violation and consists of 2-3 one-on-one meetings with the professional Health Educator in the Office of Health Education and Promotion.   Each meeting is scheduled for an hour in length.   PEAR 2 explores individual decisions around drinking behavior and action planning to reduce high risk consumption.

Both PEAR 1 and PEAR 2 require homework assignments in addition to class or meeting.   PEAR classes are only held during the regular academic year.

Please note: PEAR 1 and PEAR 2 are educational courses only and are not intended to fulfil a mandated drug or alcohol assessment or counseling ordered by the court.   Classes are limited to University of Pittsburgh students at this time.

To register for PEAR, please call the Office of Health Education and Promotion at 412-383-1830 during our regular business hours (M-F 8:30am-5pm).   You can also complete our online contact form.   CLICK HERE to go to form.

Staff will contact you about your request and to schedule your class or meeting.

Once registered for PEAR 1 or PEAR 2, students are expected to attend all sessions and complete in a timely manner.   To reschedule a class or meeting, students must contact the Office of Health Education and Promotion prior to their scheduled appointment or class time by calling 412-383-1830.   Failure to comply with attendance or cancellation policies will result in a fine or no show fee being applied.