First Year Experience

At the University of Michigan, we are committed to your personal and professional development and that of your peers – in the classroom and the community. To help you and all our new students transition to U-M and reduce your risk for personal harm while you are a member of this community, we have joined many top schools in the country in requiring AlcoholEdu for College, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing Education, and Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus as important components of our alcohol prevention initiatives; the education and support services related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking; and commitment to student health and wellbeing during a pandemic.


New Undergraduates

AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates are online education courses for all new incoming students. They are interactive, online courses designed to inform students about alcohol and sexual assault issues. The confidential, research-based courses provide students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and encourages students to consider their own decisions and those of their peers.

Students also are required to complete the additional course, Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus, which serves as an overview of COVID-19, what it is, its symptoms and best practices for staying safe during the pandemic. 


Continuing Undergraduates

Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing Education is an online education course for all continuing undergraduate students to refresh and update on this issue and related campus policies and resources. Continuing students do not need to take the AlcoholEdu or Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates courses again.

Continuing students are also required to complete the additional course, Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus, which serves as an overview of COVID-19, what it is, its symptoms and best practices for staying safe during the pandemic. 

 

Take the Undergraduate Online Courses

 


FAQ for Undergrad Online Courses

What are the courses?

New undergraduates are required to complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates. Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing Education is an online education course for all continuing undergraduate students to refresh and update on this issue and related campus policies and resources. Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus is an overview of COVID-19, what it is, its symptoms and best practices for staying safe during the pandemic. The courese are all interactive, online courses designed to inform students about alcohol, sexual assault issues, and health and well-being during the pandemic. The confidential, research-based courses provide students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and provide personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own decisions and those of their peers.

Who is required to complete the courses?

All incoming undergraduate students must complete AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, and Staying Healthy in Changing Environment for Students on Campus. 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.

For continuing undergraduate students, Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus is an overview of COVID-19, what it is, its symptoms and best practices for staying safe during the pandemic. Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing Education is an online education course offered to all continuing undergraduate students to refresh and update on this issue and related campus policies and resources. 

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 courses?

The online courses 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 courses at their own pace before scheduled deadlines. It is essential that students complete both courses from start to finish (Part 1 and Part 2) to ensure an effective curricular — and prevention — experience.

What is the content of the courses?

The courses 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

  • An overview of COVID-19, what it is, its symptoms and best practices for staying safe during the pandemic

How do the courses address diverse student needs?

Customized by sex, drinking pattern, level of awareness, and student choices, AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates 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 courses?

The courses 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

  • An overview of COVID-19, what it is, its symptoms and best practices for staying safe during the pandemic

What is the format of the courses and the schedule?

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

PART 1 START: You will receive an email invitation to the courses in mid-August

DEADLINE: Monday, August 31, 2020

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.

PART 2 DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

*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?

If you experience technical difficulties, click the Tools options in the top right corner of the course. Under tools you should select the "Help" option. This will guide you to Everfi's 24/7 technical support website, https://support.everfi.com, which offers options for obtaining assistance.
If you have a non-technical issue, students can email: community.matters.course@umich.edu