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 Mental Well-being for Students. These online courses are 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 overall well-being.
Undergraduate students will receive invitations to complete the courses the week of August 7, 2023.
AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, and Mental Well-being for Students are online education courses for all new incoming students. They are interactive, online courses designed to inform students about alcohol and sexual assault issues as well as essential skills to navigate the emotional challenges associated with college life. The confidential, research-based courses provide students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and encourage students to consider their own decisions and those of their peers.
There is also an in-person workshop called First Year Relationship and Sexuality Talk (FYRST). This workshop will take place throughout the fall semester. You will receive communication to sign up.
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.
FAQs for Undergrad Online Courses
What are the courses?
New undergraduates are required to complete AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, and Mental Well-being for Students. 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. 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 Mental Well-being for Students. 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.
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:
Your academic and social life at the University of Michigan may be affected by students whose drinking attitudes are less well-established than yours.
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?
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 take 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 all courses from start to finish to ensure an effective curricular and prevention experience.
What is the content of the courses?
The courses consist 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 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 format of the courses and the schedule?
Every new incoming student is REQUIRED to complete Part 1 of the two courses by Monday, August 28, 2023.
45 days after you complete Part 1, you will receive an email asking you to complete Part 2 of the course. You will need to log in again to complete Part 2 which will take no longer than 15 minutes.
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 email@example.com 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.