UM Prevention Education Programs
To all new UM students and continuing juniors,
We are so glad you will be here with us at the University of Montana for Fall 2017! 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 global community. 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 students are required to complete a series of mandatory prevention education programs, some online and one in person, before or during the first half of your first semester. Returning juniors are required to complete a separate online program, Haven Plus. This website introduces you to all of these education programs, provides more information about requirements for completion and timelines, and gives you resources and contacts if you have questions.
You may complete the online programs before Fall 2017 classes begin; we strongly encourage you to do so! If you do not complete your required program(s) by the deadlines, you will be held from registering for Spring 2018 classes. This is really important; please keep reading and let us know if you have questions. UM requires four prevention education programs for new students and one for continuing juniors. “New students” includes new freshmen, transfer students, graduate students, and law students:
- AlcoholEdu (online)
- Transit (online)
- PETSA (online)
- Bystander Training for New Students (in person) – For new freshmen, new transfer students, new graduate students, or new law students.
- Haven Plus for Juniors (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. Each year more than 500,000 students complete this online course. This course takes approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete, you may take it in multiple sittings.
Should you experience problems, technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the "Help" link within the course. You may begin taking Part 1 of Transit starting August 1 and you will need to complete Part 1 by midnight on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Part 2 needs to be completed by midnight on Thursday, October 5, 2017. For more information, please contact the Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs and 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. You may begin taking Part 1 of Transit starting August 1 and you will need to complete Part 1 by midnight on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Part 2 needs to be completed by midnight on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
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. If you haven’t already taken PETSA, you may begin taking it approximately 24 hours after you first register for at least one UM class. (If you have already registered for classes, you can log in now!) Deadline for finishing PETSA: By midnight on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
Bystander Training for Newly Enrolled Students Are you a new freshman, new transfer student, new graduate student, or new law student? If you are a new student, you must attend a required in-person bystander training session. Fulfilling this University requirement will allow you to register for Spring classes. All UM students are welcome and encouraged to attend. This training offers education about sexual violence, teaches students how to look out for one another, and empowers students to interrupt unsafe situations. The deadline for completing this session is Thursday, October 5, 2017.
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.You can log in and begin taking Part 1 starting August 1. Deadline for finishing Part 1: By midnight on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.