Frequent Asked Questions
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Why did MSU Billings choose AlcoholEdu, Haven and Transit?
Answer: The Montana Board of Regents and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education approved the implementation of the online programs in May 2014 for all colleges and Universities in Montana. As a state, we are continually working to help educate our students in 3 very important areas – alcohol education, healthy relationships/sexual assault and financial literacy. In addition, it’s important for students to have the tools and resources needed to take action as a bystander.
AlcoholEdu for College is an online science-based alcohol prevention program that provides a tailored educational experience focusing on the impact of alcohol on the mind and body, as well as sexual assault issues. Research supports AlcoholEdu for College as an effective tool in creating a healthy campus environment for all students (regardless of drinking behaviors). Used at over 400 colleges and universities across the country, data gathered from AlcoholEdu surveys indicates a significant improvement in alcohol-related behaviors. Students who have completed AlcoholEdu for College at other campuses are much less likely to develop alcohol problems or experience negative consequences (e.g. vomiting, hangover, missing class, injuries) as a result of drinking.
According to the “college effect,” student drinking patterns change upon arrival at college. Providing students with access to an informative and developmentally appropriate alcohol education program at this critical time represents just one piece of a comprehensive institutional initiative to address issues related to alcohol on campus. This program will enable the University to gather valuable data about our students that will be shared with campus stakeholders each year.
What does AlcoholEdu cover?
Answer: The program is composed of surveys, knowledge tests, and alcohol-related information. In Part 1 you will complete Chapters 1-3, two surveys, and two knowledge tests. In Part 2 you will complete the final chapter and survey.
What topics are included?
Answer: Topics include:
- How media, family, and social expectations shape ideas and behaviors
- Body/health factors including blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
- Potential risks associated with problem drinking such as violence and drinking and driving
- The potential impact of alcohol on academic performance and relationships
- How to make healthy choices, deal with peer pressure, and find help
- Helpful resources, such as a BAC calculator and reference guides about alcohol and 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 program address diverse student needs?
Answer: Customized by gender, drinking pattern, level of awareness, and student choices, the AlcoholEdu for College program content is relevant to each student. For example, the program pathway is different for students whose initial responses categorize them as abstainers, high risk, or moderate drinkers.
What is the reason for asking students to complete AlcoholEdu, Haven and Transit?
Who is required to complete AlcoholEdu, Haven and Transit?
- AlcoholEdu: All new Freshmen, new Transfer students and all new Graduate students are required to complete this module.
- Haven: All new Freshmen, all new Transfer students and all new Graduate students are required to complete this module.
- Transit: All new Freshmen, all new Transfer students and all new Graduate students are required to complete this module.
If you have completed AlcoholEdu, Haven, and/or Transit as a student on another campus, please contact Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org 406.657.2153 for verification.
What do I have to do to complete it?
Answer: Students will receive a hard copy letter and a reminder postcard in the mail in December with registration instructions. It is imperative that you register with a working e-mail address that you consistently check. When prompted, please enter your 8-digitStudentID (please include all zeroes but do not enter the dash) to ensure you receive credit for completion.
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 allowing you to complete the program at your own pace before scheduled deadlines.
You will receive an automated e-mail approximately 45 days after you complete the Part 1 reminding you to login and complete Part 2. The e-mail will contain login instructions and takes only 15-20 minutes to complete. Students must finish Part 2 to complete the program.
When do I have to complete the program? What's the deadline?
I have to complete AlcoholEdu and Haven and pass the exam. How is my grade determined?
What happens if I don't pass the test?
Do I have to do Part 2?
Why do I have to wait 45 days to complete the program after Part 1?
What happens if I don't do it?
I don't drink. Do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu for College?
My religious beliefs forbid alcohol use. Why do I have to do this?
Who will see my answers? How is the data kept? Will my parents be told what I report?
During the surveys, you will be asked if you would like more information about specific MSU Billings organizations. If you click "yes," you will receive information (via e-mail) regarding only the selected organizations. Your e-mail address cannot be tied to your AlcoholEdu for College scores or any other information.
Do I need a textbook or materials for this program?
Will I receive college course credit for taking AlcoholEdu, Haven for College and Transit?
Course Problems/ Technical Difficulties
What do I do if I have trouble with the site?
NOTE: You MUST use a laptop or desktop computer and one of these web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. This course is NOT compatible with mobile devices, Net Books or iPads. Only have the window with AlcoholEdu, Haven, or Transit open, with no other apps running, including no music, DVD's, FB, G-chat, etc. The course is not currently compatible with Internet Explorer.
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Questions? Please contact the Student Health Services office at 406.657.2153 or e-mail email@example.com