Montana State University

Haven and AlcoholEdu for College at MSU

College Office

As part of our comprehensive prevention program for new students, Montana State University requires all incoming students to complete Haven and AlcoholEdu for College. These online courses will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your college years and beyond. If you have any questions on the programming that we offer, please feel free to contact the MSU AlcoholEdu Implementation Team at: AlcoholEdu@montana.edu.

Important Dates
Student Instructions

Parent Instructions
Trouble Shooting Guide
Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the program and the company that administers the program (Outside the Classroom), please check out: About Outside the Classroom

Important Dates

The AlcoholEdu and Haven for College programs open July 21st, 2014.

Part 1 is due January 7th, 2015.

Part 2 is due February 20th, 2015.

Student Instructions

To begin Alcohol Edu and Haven:

1. Go to: www.everfi.com/register
2. Enter the Haven Registration Code - e7da67b2

*IMPORTANT: Please log in with a preferred email address that you check regularly.

3. You will also need to register for AlcoholEdu. To do this, click Add a Course once you are at your dash board and enter the next registration code - C180461A

Note: When prompted, please select “First-Year Student – SPRING start” and enter your 8 digit student ID number to receive credit for completion. You can look-up your Student ID on your Cat Card. Please include all zeros but do not include the dash. For example: if your Student ID is -01234567 enter 01234567

 

Parent Instructions

To Begin the optional parent version on AlcoholEdu:

1. Go to: parents.alcoholedu.com
2. Under New User enter the following Login ID for PARENTS ONLY: P180461PARENT.

*IMPORTANT: Your student will not receive credit for course completion under this account. This is for parents only.

3. Click “Sign Up” and follow the on-screen prompts.
4. When you return, log in as a Returning User and enter the same email address and password you created when you first logged into the course.

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Student Troubleshooting Guide

DO's & DON'Ts for taking the course:

  • DO have the minimum system requirements installed: Flash 8.0 or higher and Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari. AlcoholEdu is not compatible with the AOL browser. DO NOT use the "Back" button on your browser.
  • DO click the "Next" button at the end of each section to save your progress. DO NOT have other browser windows open.
  • DO DISABLE all pop-up blockers and uninstall any toolbars. These can cause problems with the media files and cause them to loop over and over. DO NOT play music or run other video clips on your computer (CDs, MP3s, MySpace, other Web sites, etc.)

If you experience difficulty:

  1. Go to MyAlcoholEdu and choose "Audio Only" on the Course Settings page.
  2. Try another browser. We support Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
  3. If using wireless, connect directly to the Internet for a faster connection.
  4. Reboot your computer.
  5. Try another computer.
  6. Try a different internet connection (i.e. school lab or library, your home or home of friend/relative). If using dial-up, find a faster connection (i.e. DSL or Broadband).
  7. Try a different time of day (during non-peak hours, i.e. morning).

DO's & DON'Ts for the Exam:

  • DO take the Exam in one sitting - if you log out during the Exam, the course will assume you are complete and assign a grade. DO NOT have other applications or browsers open with course review information. This may cause errors with your Exam score.
  • DO contact the Student Online Technical Support Center if you experience a problem with the Exam. DO NOT use the browser's "Back" button when taking the Exam.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

Introduction
Requirements
Communications
Access
Additional Questions
Course Problems/Technical Difficulties

Question: What is AlcoholEdu for College?

Answer: AlcoholEdu for College is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about how alcohol affects the body, mind, perceptions, and behaviors. The research-based course provides students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and provides personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own drinking decisions and those of their peers.

Question: Why did you choose AlcoholEdu for College?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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.

Question: 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

Question: 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.

Question: What is the reason for asking students to complete AlcoholEdu for College?

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

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Requirements

Question: Who is required to complete AlcoholEdu for College?

Answer: Every incoming first-year and transfer student under the age of 21 is required to take AlcoholEdu for College and pass the program exam. 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 about alcohol can encourage thoughtful conversations, inspire a shift in alcohol-related behaviors, and highlight a campus culture that values healthy choices.

Question: What do I have to do to complete it?

Answer:  Check your MSU e-mail account for specific login instructions. You will receive an e-mail indicating your registration code. It is imperative that you register with a working e-mail address that you consistently check. When prompted, please enter your 8-digit Student ID (please include all zeros but do not into the dash) to ensure you receive credit for completion. You can look-up your Student ID on your Cat Card.

The online program takes approximately 2-3 hours 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.

Question: When do I have to complete the program? What's the deadline?

Answer: All students will need to complete Part 1 of the program before coming to campus. Part 1 must be completed by August 25th, 2014.

Students will also receive an automated e-mail approximately 45 days after you complete Part 1 reminding you to login in and complete Part 2.  Part 2 must be completed by October 10th, 2014.  You will need to complete the entire program by the end of your first enrolled term.

Question: I have to complete AlcoholEdu for College and pass the exam. How is my grade determined?

Answer: To pass, you must receive a score of 75% or higher on Part 1 and Part 2 of AlcoholEdu for College. You will need to retake the program if you do not receive a score of 75% or higher.

Question: What happens if I don't pass the test?

Answer: You will need to retake the program. Successful completion of AlcoholEdu for College includes passing the knowledge exam and completing the final chapter and survey. If you have documented learning needs that require an accommodation please contact Health Promotion in Student Health Services at alcoholedu@montana.edu

Question: Do I have to do Part 2?

Answer: Yes. Only after you have passed Part 1 including the knowledge exam at the end of Chapter 3 and then Part 2 (i.e. Chapter 4 and the final survey) are you considered finished with AlcoholEdu for College.

Question: Why do I have to wait 45 days to complete the program after Part 1?

Answer: The 45 day wait is in place in order to have students apply the knowledge from the program to their specific college environment.  This allows students the opportunity to initiate behavior change, make healthy choices and/or assist a friend.  Students are then assessed at the end of the wait period and program to see what changes or differences were made due to the knowledge they gained in the program.  

Question: What happens if I don't do it?

Answer: It is important that we get a 100% completion rate, and as such, we will be tracking compliance and following-up with those students who do not fulfill this request. While we do not expect this to be an issue, students will receive a hold on their course registration if they choose not to complete and pass the program. To pass the program, students must receive a score of 75% or higher on Part 1 and Part 2 of AlcoholEdu for College. Students will need to retake the program if they do not receive a score of 75% or higher.

 

Marketing and Communications Regarding AlcoholEdu for College

Question: How will students find out about AlcoholEdu for College?

Answer:  Students are informed of the program participation requirements through mail and electronic correspondence Letters and postcards will also be sent to students as reminders of the requirement. Correspondance with directions on how to login to the AlcoholEdu program and continual reminders will be sent out prior to the beginning of each term.

Parents are informed of the program through e-mails as well as paper correspondence via letters and postcards. Information will also be made available from the MSU Health Promotion webpage at Montana.edu/health/healthpromo Note: Parents will not have access to any information (including a student’s score on the knowledge exam) unless the student chooses to share it with them or to sign an information release that allows us to share it with them.

Question: When will AlcoholEdu be available?

Answer:  AlcoholEdu will be available July 21st, 2014. You will receive an e-mail regarding its activation via your MSU e-mail.

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Accessing AlcoholEdu for College

Directions for accessing AlcoholEdu for College will be posted July 1st.

Additional Questions

Question: I don't drink. Do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu for College?

Answer: All incoming first year MSU students need to complete the program. Even if you don't drink, you may still be impacted by alcohol use and sexual assault issues in the college environment. AlcoholEdu for College provides personalized paths through the curriculum so if you don't drink, you will receive support and specific information tailored to your choice. AlcoholEdu for College will also provide you with important information regarding coping with potential drinking behavior of your peers. You may also learn new information about proven prevention theories and educational strategies to understand the many aspects of the sexual assault issues and unwanted sexual behavior that is prevalent on campuses across the country.

Question: My religious beliefs forbid alcohol use. Why do I have to do this?

Answer: All incoming students need to complete AlcoholEdu for College. Alcohol use in the college environment has the potential to affect everyone. Even if you don't drink you may be impacted by the potential drinking behavior of your peers. AlcoholEdu for College provides personalized paths through the program so if you don't drink, you will receive support and specific information tailored to your choice.

Question: Who will see my answers? How is the data kept? Will my parents be told what I report?

Answer: AlcoholEdu for College includes three surveys that offer you feedback on your alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are strictly confidential; MSU will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will NEVER see any individual student's answers. Students need to pass the program exams with an 80% passing grade or higher to acknowledge completion of the program. The AlcoholEdu for College administrator at MSU will receive your score on the exam, but this is the only information ever matched with your identity. Your parents will not have access to any information (including your score on the knowledge exam) unless you choose to share it with them or to sign an information release that allows us to share it with them.

During the surveys, you will be asked if you would like more information about specific MSU 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.

Question: Do I need a textbook or materials for this program?

Answer: A textbook and materials are not needed. Everything that you need is provided to you online through the program.

Question: Will I receive college course credit for taking AlcoholEdu for College?

Answer: You will not receive college course credit for AlcoholEdu for College. This program is designed to increase your knowledge, abilities, and skills pertaining to high-risk alcohol use and behaviors in such an environment.  It is an expectation of Montana State University and expected of any new student entering the University.  The program is designed for population-level prevention and is meant to assist students, MSU, and the community in creating a safe and healthy environment for all to live, work, and study.

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Course Problems/ Technical Difficulties

Question: What do I do if I have trouble with the site?

Answer: While we don’t anticipate students having any trouble using the site, should they experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the "Help" button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu for College screen or call 866-384-9062. One does not need to be logged into the course to access the Help 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 open, with no other apps running, including no music, DVD's, FB, G-chat, etc. The course is not currently compatible with Internet Explorer.

Some students are experiencing trouble with our course, specifically with regard to slow-loading or freezing videos. We recommend the following troubleshooting tips:

  1. Be sure you are on one of our supported browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
  2. Try clearing your cache.
  3. Try a wired internet connection or try a different internet connection.
  4. Try a different computer (i.e. school, library, or friend)
  5. If you cannot see the "NEXT" button, try zooming out. On a PC: Control + 0. Mac: command + 0.

If you are still having problems, please contact the help line at 866-384-9062 and have the following information ready:

  1. Operating System
  2. Browser and version
  3. A screenshot or video of the problem

Directions to take a screenshot on a PC:

  1. At the point in which you have the problem hit your "Print Screen" button on your keyboard.
  2. Open Word.
  3. Go to the Edit menu and click Paste.
  4. Save the file.

Directions to take a screenshot on a Mac:

  1. At the point in which you have the problem hit Command+Shift+3 all at the same time on your keyboard.
  2. This will save a picture of your screen on your desktop.
  3. Open your email and attach the file you just created.
  4. Another method for capturing screen shots in Mac OS X is by using the bundled Apple utility, Grab, located in the Applications > Utilities folder. To capture the screen with Grab, run Grab, and then choose of the capture modes from the "Capture" menu: Selection, Window, Screen, Timed Screen.

Question: I am not sure if my computer meets the technical requirements to support the course.

Answer: If you do not have ready access to a computer that meets the minimum system technical requirements, you are encouraged to try using a computer at a local library, copy center, or community center. Technical Requirements can be found here: college.alcoholedu.com/technicalrequirements.html

Question: I am not sure if my computer meets the technical requirements to support the course.

Answer: If you do not have ready access to a computer that meets the minimum system technical requirements, you are encouraged to try using a computer at a local library, copy center, or community center. Technical Requirements can be found here: college.alcoholedu.com/technicalrequirements.html

Should you experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the “Technical Help” button located in the upper-right hand corner on every AlcoholEdu for College screen or call 1-866-384-9062. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Technical Support Center.

Question: How can I view the AlcoholEdu site?

Answer: You may access AlcoholEdu for College at www.everfi.com

Should you experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the “Technical Help” button located in the upper-right hand corner on every AlcoholEdu for College screen or call 1-866-384-9062. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Technical Support Center.

Question: As a parent/ guardian, how can I review the program?

Answer: While we are committed to making a difference with our students, we also understand that parents are the first line of defense against alcohol misuse and abuse.  That’s why we are making the students’ program available for parents to review to help you open up a dialogue about alcohol and sexual assault issues with your student.  If you choose to review the program, please follow the instructions below.  The Web-based alcohol abuse prevention program contains several survey questions as well as knowledge exams.  It is NOT essential for parents to respond to the questions while reviewing AlcoholEdu.

Parents will not have access to any student specific information (including a student’s score on the knowledge exam) unless the student chooses to share it with them or to sign an information release that allows us to share it with them.

 Note: The Web- based alcohol abuse prevention program is meant for students to complete on their own and not with a parent or guardian. Please allow your student to compete the program on their own.
To Begin the optional parent version on AlcoholEdu:

  1. Go to: http://parents.alcoholedu.com
  2. Under New User enter the following Login ID for PARENTS ONLY: P180461PARENT.
    IMPORTANT: Your student will not receive credit for course completion under this account. This is for parents only.
  3. Click “Sign Up” and follow the on-screen prompts.
  4. When you return, log in as a Returning User and enter the same email address and password you created when you first logged into the course.

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