What is TESI?

Tiger Education Screening Intervention, or TESI, is a one-on-one educational intervention program designed to help students reduce the risks associated with their alcohol and/or substance use. Over the course of 2 – 3 sessions, students will meet individually with a trained TESI facilitator to explore how their alcohol/substance use may be impacting other areas of their life, receive personalized feedback on their use, and determine strategies to reduce their risk. All sessions are confidential.

The cost of TESI for mandated students is $125. This fee is waived for students who self-refer into the program.

Scheduling a TESI Appointment

To schedule a TESI appointment, please call the Health Promotion & Wellness Services office at 334-844-1528. You can also email tesi@auburn.edu to request an appointment.

If you are scheduling your first appointment with our staff, please be prepared to share the following information with our staff so we can get you scheduled in a timely fashion.

  • Full Name
  • Auburn Email Address
  • Banner ID / Tiger Card Number
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Date of Birth

TESI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is TESI?

Tiger Education Screening Intervention (TESI) is an individual educational intervention program for all Auburn University students who have been found in violation of an alcohol or drug related policy or who may want to gain a better understanding of their substance use. The TESI program is designed to help students make informed decisions about their alcohol and substance use and reduce their risks for substance-related harm.

Is there a fee for TESI?

There is a $125 fee for students who are sanctioned to complete the program. This cost covers all TESI appointments (2 – 3 sessions).

The fee can be waived for any students who are considered a self-referral (i.e., are not completing the program as a result of a university policy violation or because they are mandated/required to complete the program).

Additionally, there is a no-show fee of $40 for a missed intake appointment and $20 for a missed follow up appointment.

All charges will be billed to a student’s eBill account.

What is the policy for rescheduling/cancelling a TESI appointment?

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please call our office at 334-844-1528 or email us at tesi@auburn.edu.

We ask that you cancel or reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your original appointment time. This advanced notice enables us to be flexible and efficient in scheduling appointments with other students. Cancelling your appointment within 24-hours of your original appointment could result in a late cancellation charge on your eBill account.

The late cancellation fee is $40 for a missed intake appointment and $20 for a missed feedback/follow up appointment.

I am sick and unable to attend my TESI appointment. What should I do?

If you are sick or are experiencing the onset of symptoms of an illness (e.g., a cold, fever, or the flu), we ask that you contact us as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment. 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the Auburn University COVID-19 Self-Report Form.

Our office can be reached via phone call at 334-844-1528 or email (tesi@auburn.edu). Thank you for helping us maintain a healthy environment for all of our students and staff members.

Who is referred to TESI?

Students may be referred by a number of offices on campus such as Student Conduct, Residence Life, Greek Life, Student Counseling & Psychological Services, and the Auburn Medical Clinic. In addition, students may complete the TESI program as a self-referral.

Who conducts TESI sessions?

TESI sessions are conducted by trained graduate-level facilitators and professionals who are supervised by a licensed clinician. Each student will meet individually with a TESI facilitator and receive personalized feedback based on questionnaires and assessments. Facilitators strive to create a non-judgemental environment for honest conversations about alcohol and substance use and all TESI sessions are kept confidential. No information will be disclosed to outside parties without a student’s written consent.

Where are TESI sessions held?

TESI sessions are held in the Health Promotion & Wellness Services office located on the first floor of the Melton Student Center, Suite 1206. Our office is located across from Salad Works and the ATMs.

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule a TESI appointment, please call our office at 334-844-1528 or email tesi@auburn.edu.

I have an academic hold on my account that is related to TESI. What do I do?

If you have been referred to the TESI program by one of our campus partners, such as AU Housing or the Office of Student Conduct, failure to complete your TESI requirements in a timely fashion could result in an academic hold being placed on your account. Please contact your referring office for more information about the academic hold and how you can get it removed from your account.

To check your progress in the TESI program, please email tesi@auburn.edu.

Is the TESI program confidential?

Students who are enrolled in the TESI program will sign and agree to a Student Services Agreement form that outlines information about the confidentiality of the program and limits to confidentiality.

Generally, our staff is not able to share information about a student’s enrollment in TESI with parents, campus partners (AU Housing, Office of Student Conduct), and other individuals without the written consent of the student.

If you have questions about the TESI program, please email tesi@auburn.edu.

What do students say about TESI?

Statistics from TESI feedback survey

"I thought the TESI program was very helpful. It was a good learning experience that gave me a chance to reflect on my drinking habits rather than a harsh punishment for simply consuming alcohol."

TESI Student, 2020-21

"Keep doing what y'all are doing. The staff are very informative and make me feel like they want to help without behaving in a condescending manner! Overall it was a very positive experience!"

TESI Student, 2018-19

"I really liked the person I had and they didn't make it feel like I was being judged or like what I was doing was a serious issue. He was very good at making it a normal convo [sic] and helping me not get in trouble again."

TESI Student, 2019-20

"My facilitator was super sweet and really thorough with explaining concepts and giving advice."

TESI Student, 2020-21

"I have no improvements to suggest. This was a positive experience and I learned a lot about myself and how I can be more mindful in the future."

TESI Student, 2018-19