First Year Experience

FAQ for Undergrad Online Courses

What is the course?

The course is comprised of two modules that include AlcoholEdu and Haven - Understanding Sexual Assault. It is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about alcohol and sexual assault issues. The confidential, research-based course provides students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and provides personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own decisions and those of their peers.

Who is required to complete the course?

All incoming undergraduate students must complete both course modules. Success of the program is based upon population-level prevention, a concept that recognizes that students' choices likely impact those of their peers. Providing new students with a consistent message can encourage thoughtful conversations, inspire the intentional pursuit of healthy community norms, and highlight a campus culture that values healthy choices.

Special Note to Transfer, Re-Entry and Older Students — Even though you may be of legal drinking age and/or may have already considered your drinking behaviors, we ask you to complete the program, because:

  1. Your academic and social life at the University of Michigan may be affected by students whose drinking attitudes are less well-established than yours;

  2. You may be asked by underage students to help them purchase alcohol. Are you aware of the legal consequences of furnishing alcohol to-underage individuals?

  3. You may learn new information about proven prevention theories and educational strategies to understand the many aspects of the sexual assault issue, or re-think some of your attitudes and behaviors about alcohol.

What can students expect from the course?

The online program takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and can be taken in segments. Students will have access to the program 24 hours a day and can complete the course at their own pace before scheduled deadlines. It is essential that students complete the course from start to finish (Part 1 and Part 2) to ensure an effective curricular — and prevention — experience.

What is the content of the course?

The course consists of a pre- and post-test, informational chapters, interactive activities, and three surveys. Topics include:

  • How media, family, & social expectations shape ideas & behaviors

  • Body/health factors including blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

  • Potential risks associated with problem drinking such as violence and drinking & driving

  • The potential impact of alcohol on academic performance and relationships

  • How to make healthy choices, deal with peer pressure, & find help

  • Helpful resources, such as a BAC calculator & reference guides about alcohol & other drugs, that students can access at any time.

  • Common myths about sexual assault and rape

  • Definition of consent

  • The link between sexual assault and alcohol

How does the course address diverse student needs?

Customized by sex, drinking pattern, level of awareness, and student choices, AlcoholEdu and Haven content is relevant to each student. For example, the course pathway is different for students whose initial responses categorize them as abstainers, high risk, or moderate drinkers.

What is the content of the course?

The course consists of a pre- and post-test, informational chapters, interactive activities, and three surveys. Topics include:

  • Common myths about sexual assault and rape

  • Definition of consent

  • The link between sexual assault and alcohol

What is the format of the course and the schedule?

Students must complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Community Matters course.

PART 1 START FOR SUMMER BRIDGE STUDENTS: Saturday, June 10, 2017

DEADLINE: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Part 1 takes 2.5 hours to complete and can be completed in segments.

PART 2 START: Phase 2 will become available 45 days after a student has completed Part 1.

*Students will receive an email notification 45 days after completing Part 1 with login instructions for the final chapter and survey. Part 2 takes only 15-20 minutes to complete.

FAQ for Graduate Online Course

What is the Haven Plus course?

Haven Plus is in an online education program for all graduate students. It is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about sexual assault issues. The confidential, research-based course provides students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and provides personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own decisions and those of their peers.
What can students expect from the course?
The online program takes approximately 1 hour to complete and can be taken in segments. Students will have access to the program 24 hours a day and can complete the course at their own pace before scheduled deadlines. It is essential that students complete the course from start to finish (Part 1 and Part 2) to ensure an effective curricular — and prevention — experience.

What is the content of the course?

The course consists of a pre- and post-test, informational chapters, interactive activities, and three surveys. Topics include:

  • Common myths about sexual assault and rape

  • Definition of consent

  • The link between sexual assault and alcohol

What is the format of the course and the schedule?

Students must complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Haven Plus course.

PART 1 START: August 8, 2016

DEADLINE: Thursday, Sept. 6, 2016

Part 1 takes 1 hour to complete and can be completed in segments.

PART 2 START: Phase 2 will become available 45 days after a student has completed Part 1.

*Students will receive an email notification 45 days after completing Part 1 with login instructions for the final chapter and survey. Part 2 takes only 15-20 minutes to complete.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I do if I don't have my own Internet access?

Internet access is often available at local libraries. Students can also email community.matters.course@umich.edu for more information.

Can I get in trouble for my answers on the surveys?

NO! All responses are confidential. The University of Michigan will NEVER be able to connect a student's individual answers with his/her identity.

What happens if I do not pass the exam?

The minimum score to pass the exam is 85%. Students who do not score 85% will be directed to review the course and retake the exam. Look for the link at the top of the screen in the Notebook that will allow you to retake the course.

What do I do if I am having problems with the course?

Contact Tech Support anytime 24/7 by clicking the HELP button on the screen or by calling 1-866-384-9062. If you do not have a technical issue, students can email: community.matters.course@umich.edu