Prevention Education Programs
To all new UM students and continuing students,
We are so glad to have you with us here at the University of Montana! As a learning community, we strongly value creating and sustaining a healthy campus environment and preparing our students to be responsible and successful citizens of our campus, society, and the world more broadly. Our staff, faculty, and students are all dedicated to working together to make this vision a reality!
To set you up for a positive and successful experience at UM, all new and continueing students are required to complete a series of mandatory prevention education programs, some on-line and some in person, before and during the first half of your first semester. Returning juniors are also required to complete a separate on-line program, Haven Plus for New and Continueing Juniors. The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) of the State of Montana partnered with EverFi, a company whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention and financial literacy. Each year more than 500,000 students complete these online courses.
If you do not complete your required program(s) by the deadlines indicated, you will be held from registering for Fall 2017 classes. If you are still in intersession and are waiting for Part 2 to open, you will not receive a hold on your account. You will need to complete Part 2 as soon as it is available.
UM requires five prevention education programs for new students:
- AlcoholEdu (online)
- Transit (online)
- PETSA (online)
- First-Year Bystander Training (in person) – For new freshmen only (0-29 credits)
- Haven Plus (online) – For new juniors and continuing juniors only (60-89 credits)
Students do not have to take all five programs; the exact program(s) you will need to complete vary by your class status and whether you are new to UM or a continuing student.
AlcoholEdu is an online course that students are required to complete as part of their registration. The course creates an opportunity for the University to collect critical data on student attitudes and behaviors related to alcohol. This includes students' readiness to change their behavior, protective or high-risk factors they exhibit, and expectations they have towards the use of alcohol. All of this data will help the University better understand and meet the needs of students. For more information, please visit the AlcoholEdu website or contact the Assistant to the Dean of Students, Trail Bundy.
Transit is an online financial literacy program designed to help students learn about personal finances, student loans, budgeting, and the use of credit.As the newest addition to The Office for Student Success, the Financial Education Program strives to help students at the University of Montana, Missoula College, and Bitterroot College take control of their financial futures. For more information please visit the Transit website or contact Holly Wright, Program Manager, UM Financial Education Program.
PETSA (Personal Empowerment through Self Awareness) is an online program designed to educate students about sexual assault. It is an online tutorial designed to educate the entire campus community and anyone interested in ending sexual violence. All students are required to complete the PETSA online tutorial and quiz. For more information, Visit the PETSA homepage or send us an email.
Bystander Training for New Students is an in person training required of all new undergraduate students that is designed to educate about sexual violence and teach students how to look out for one another and interrupt unsafe situations.There will be opportunities for all new undergraduate students to participate in a required in-person bystander training session during the first half of the semester. Watch your university email for announcements and information. If you will be living in the residence halls, see your RA for details! For more information visit the Bystander Training webpage or contact Drew Colling, Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator & Director of SARC.
Haven Plus for New and Continuing Juniors – is an online program that provides sexual assault prevention training tailored to upper-division students. At UM, Haven Plus is required of all new (transfer) juniors and continuing juniors with 60-89 credits. There are two parts, you will need to complete both. Part 1 takes approximately 45 – 60 minutes to complete. Thirty days after you finish Part 1 you will receive an email prompting you to complete Part 2, which takes only 15 minutes.