The office of Student Life has asked students to participate in an online training course for sexual assault prevention over the upcoming Christmas break.
The course, “Haven-Understanding Sexual Assault” is facilitated through EverFi, a website created as a learning platform. The course takes approximately an hour to complete and can be completed in a single or multiple visits to the site.
Chris Riley, vice president of Student Life, said new legal requirements state that ACU must provide its students with on-going training regarding issues related to discriminatory and sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, assault, stalking and relationship violence.
“At ACU, we strive to comply with all applicable legal requirements prohibiting, preventing and responding to unlawful harassment or violence against any member of the ACU community,” he said. “Beyond the legal requirements, we believe Haven provides essential information that will both protect you and equip you to respond by helping others stay safe.”
According to the EverFi website, “Haven” uses a population-level approach to educate students using key definitions, statistics, reflective and personalized content, bystander skills and campus-specific policies.
Students completing the course by Jan. 19 will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $100 Starbucks gift cards.
Several students said they do not think that there will be much participation.
Vikki Temple, sophomore education major from Austin, said she doesn’t think students will take the survey unless Chapel credit is offered.
“No one I know is going to do it,” she said.
Houston Schoonmaker, sophomore biology and pre-medicine major from Abilene, said he doesn’t think it’s something that needs to be taken lightly but that students will not be interested in taking the course during Christmas break.
“We can’t get them to go to football games, much less take a voluntary survey over break,” he said.