The UI’s education efforts begin prior to students arriving on campus with a mandatory online education program. All incoming undergraduate and transfer students are required to complete an online sexual misconduct prevention course called Every Choice. The Every Choice program is one part of a larger course called Success at Iowa. Students receive two credit hours for completing the entire Success at Iowa course during their first semester at The University of Iowa. The Every Choice program is an interactive online program that is designed to help students protect themselves and others from sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and dating/domestic violence. The program also focuses on bystander intervention skills to help students feel empowered to speak up and intervene to prevent potentially violent situations from occurring. All incoming graduate and professional students are required to take Not Anymore, an online course which educates students on gender-based violence and discrimination and bystander intervention. Students who do not complete the mandatory program have a hold placed on their registration until they complete the course.
The Every Choice and Not Anymore programs are coordinated by Student Health and Wellness. In addition to coordinating program implementation, monitoring completion, and providing support to students, Student Health and Wellness facilitates an alternate program option for students who are unable to complete the online course due to personal experience with the issues.
Completion rates of online education program: Spring 2016
Completion rates of online education program: Fall 2016
After taking Every Choice:
- 95% of students felt moderately motivated or strongly motivated to intervene in a situation of interpersonal violence, compared with 77% before taking the course.
- 92% of students agreed or strongly agreed that sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking can be prevented, compared with 86% before taking the course.
- 93% of students agreed or strongly agreed they possessed the tools to protect themselves against interpersonal violence, compared with 83% before taking the course.
After taking Not Anymore:
- 94% of students agreed that, within their abilities, they were responsible for stopping interpersonal violence, compared with 88% before taking the course.
- 91-93% of students said that they were likely or very likely to intervene against a form of interpersonal violence, compared with 73-87% before taking the course.
- 91-94% of students agreed that interpersonal violence was a moderate or big program on campuses in the U.S., compared with 64-84% before taking the course.
The Anti-Violence Plan identifies parents and guardians as key partners in supporting the university’s prevention efforts. Parents and guardians have the opportunity to participate in pre-orientation sessions related to supporting their incoming students. The Ensuring Student Success: Parents as Partners session is presented by the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Health & Wellness, and RVAP. It focuses on providing parents with strategies to engage their student in difficult conversations about alcohol, sexual assault, and other aspects of college life that impact a student’s ability to be successful. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) also hosts an information session for parents about sexual assault, dating violence, reporting crimes, and recognizing red flag behaviors in perpetrators to reduce risk. In 2016, the Ensuring Student Success: Parents as Partners session was offered 14 times and reached a total of 3,519 parents. The DPS session was offered 14 times to 528 parents.