What is AlcoholEdu and Haven?

The University of Oregon has joined other top schools in the country in offering AlcoholEdu and Haven. These programs are designed to inform you about responsible alcohol behavior and sexual violence issues. After completing this program, we expect that you will have an appropriate and accurate understanding of alcohol and the potential for alcohol abuse as well as an accurate understanding of the concept and role of “consent,” as it relates to healthy sexual relationships. Whether you abstain from alcohol or not, this program will help you make decisions as well as assist you in coping with the possible drinking behaviors of your peers. Our goal is to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse on campus, and reduce the incidents of unwanted sexual behavior.

AlcoholEdu and Haven are not lectures. These strategic interventions, aimed at individuals, use online knowledge tests and surveys to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Ultimately, AlcoholEdu and Haven will provide the university with comprehensive substance abuse prevention and sexual violence prevention programs for the student population.

Haven is a separate module from AlcoholEdu and is designed to help students understand that consent is mandatory within sexual relationships. The University of Oregon takes these issues very seriously and wants to ensure that students understand that sexual violence is not tolerated on our campus. In addition, we want all students to be aware of resources and support systems available to help students who have been harmed. We recognize that talking about sexual violence can be difficult, and want to acknowledge that some of you may have had personal experiences with sexual violence. If taking this module is difficult or triggering for you, please know there are resources on campus to support you, even prior to your arrival to campus. If you are a survivor and need to talk before or after taking the module, please visit safe.uoregon.edu for a list of resources both on and off campus. 

The University of Oregon is deeply committed to your health, your academic success, and your engagement in a learning experience that creates a healthier campus communityWe encourage you to talk with your family members or friends about the course and your planned approach to situations involving alcohol and consent while you are attending the UO. 

Why did we choose AlcoholEdu?

AlcoholEdu 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 as an effective tool in creating a healthy campus environment for all students (regardless of drinking behaviors). Used at over 600 colleges and universities across the country, data gathered from AlcoholEdu surveys indicates a significant improvement in alcohol-related behaviors. Students who have completed AlcoholEdu 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.

Why did we choose Haven?

Haven is a separate module from AlcoholEdu and is designed to help students understand that consent is mandatory within sexual relationships. The University of Oregon takes these issues very seriously and wants to ensure that students understand that sexual violence is not tolerated on our campus. In addition, we want all students to be aware of resources and support available to help students who have been hurt.

What does AlcoholEdu cover?

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 in AlcoholEdu and Haven?

AlcoholEdu 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.

Haven is split into seven modules:

  • Introduction
  • Connections
  • Be Yourself
  • Join the Conversation!
  • Creating Community
  • Explore Your Options
  • Next Steps

How do the programs address diverse student needs?

Customized by gender, drinking pattern, level of awareness, and student choices, the AlcoholEdu 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. 

Haven contains information and scenarios related to sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The program uses stories and interactive learning activities to help students learn many concepts, including the cultural factors that impact violence, how you build healthy relationships and identify "red flags," and how to be active and effective members of your campus community.

What is the reason for requiring students to complete AlcoholEdu and Haven?

Alcohol misuse and abuse, as well as sexual violence, have been key health issues on college campuses across the country. Part of creating a healthy community is providing campus-wide approaches to health by using tools such as AlcoholEdu and Haven. The university takes its responsibility to ensure your health and safety seriously—we want to work together with you to create the healthiest and safest campus possible. The University of Oregon is committed to providing an academic environment where everyone can live, study, work, and have fun safely.