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What is ADEP?

ADEP stands for Alcohol and Drug Education Program.  ADEP at TCNJ is committed to providing education, resources, and prevention tools to students in order to create healthy lifestyles and responsible decision-making.  ADEP offers classes such as BASICS and CHOICES for TCNJ students, including those who have been referred by the Student Conduct Office.  ADEP welcomes TCNJ students in recovery as well as TCNJ students looking to explore their alcohol and other drug use, to utilize the programs and services offered.

Where is ADEP?

The ADEP office is located in Forcina Hall, Room 308 at The College of New Jersey campus located in Ewing, New Jersey.

Who does ADEP serve?

ADEP serves TCNJ students. Employees of the college should visit the Employee Assistance Program.

What is CHOICES?

CHOICES is a small group, 90 minute alcohol session for TCNJ students who are traditionally referred by TCNJ Residence Life, Student Conduct, or courts. CHOICES is frequently offered for first-time lower-level sanctions. CHOICES classes can be scheduled through the Health Services Student Portal.

What is BASICS?

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) consists of approximately 3-4 individual sessions for referred students as a result of a sanction as well as walk-in students. BASICS is a service available for TCNJ students who want to explore their alcohol use. It is designed to assist students in examining their own behaviors in a judgment-free environment based on the motivational interviewing intervention processes. A BASICS appointment can be scheduled by contacting Joe Hadge at  In that email you MUST INCLUDE several dates and available times for a meeting, contact information, the nature of the incident, and the referral source.

What do I do if I get a letter telling me I need to take a CHOICES class?

Go to the Online Wellness Link (OWL) to sign up for a CHOICES class.

What do I do if I get a letter telling me I need to take a BASICS class?

You can schedule your appointment online by clicking here.  Or, email  Joe Hadge at to schedule an appointment. In that email you MUST INCLUDE several dates and available times for a meeting, contact information, the nature of the incident, and a referral name.

What do I do if I am unsure of which class I need to take?

Email Joe Hadge at with several dates and available times that you can meet along with your contact information, the nature of the incident, and who referred you.

What if I need a letter for court?

If you are a TCNJ student who needs a letter for court, you must pick up your letter on your last day of the program.

How do I complete my community service hours?

ADEP does not set up or monitor community service hours. You can ask your referring agency where to complete your hours, or you can set up hours by contacting the Bonner Center at 609-771-2548 or

Who is Joe Hadge?

Joe is a graduate of Penn State University where he achieved All American status as a wrestler. He has a Masters Degree in Education from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Joe has worked in secondary education for five years and higher education for the past ten years. He has written and received state and federal grant funding, chaired the Central NJ Consortium, and organized countless state-wide peer education conferences. At TCNJ, Joe is the Assistant Director of the Alcohol & Drug Education Program (ADEP), encompassing the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and CHOICES, an early intervention program.

Is there a New Jersey law about calling for help?

New Jersey has the 911 Lifeline Legislation, which encourages young people to call for help in the event of an emergency due to alcohol or other drugs.  This New Jersey legislation provides immunity if an individual satisfies the following three requirements: 1) Call for help, 2)  Stay with your friend, and 3) Talk with authorities.

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