Pre-orientation education

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.

 

Unique participants are not tracked; someone attending two or more events may be counted more than once.

 

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 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.

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional online education programs

Spring 2019

 

 

Course

Attended

1st Year

2nd + Year

Graduate

Professional

Every Choice

321

319

2

N/A

N/A

Not Anymore

304

N/A

21

169

114

Fall 2019

 

 

Course

Attended

1st Year

2nd + Year

Graduate

Professional

Every Choice

5169

5163

6

N/A

N/A

Not Anymore

2085

N/A

60

1267

758

 

After taking Every Choice:

After taking Not Anymore:

  • 95% of students agreed that, within their abilities, they were responsible for stopping interpersonal violence, compared with 90% before taking the course.
  • 91-94% of students said that they were likely or very likely to intervene against a form of interpersonal violence, compared with 76-89% before taking the course.
  • 93-96% of students agreed that interpersonal violence was a moderate or big program on campuses in the U.S., compared with 69-85% 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 Difficult Conversations: Partnering for Student Success session is presented by the Department of Public Safety, Office of the Dean of Students, Student Wellness, and RVAP. It focuses on providing parents and families 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.

Additionally, RVAP worked with other campus and community partners on a new strategy to devise a handbook intended to be issued to parents and family members of incoming UI students.  The resulting guide, Talking with your Student about Sexual Assault and Dating Violence, was provided during summer orientation. 

Orientation and Post-orientation education

All incoming undergraduate students are required to attend the CHOOSE session during On Iowa! During the session, students expand on what they learned in the pre-orientation online program, particularly on the topic of bystander intervention, by viewing a video illustrating various problematic situations staged on campus to show students intervening to make campus safer and more welcoming. This session engages students in a variety of hands on and interactive learning experiences to better enhance their skills, knowledge, and resources surrounding topics of gender-based violence and discrimination as they enter the University of Iowa.

International students also participate in an orientation facilitated by International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS). In 2019, ISSS again invited OSMRC and Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity to facilitate a workshop titled “Setting Sail to Healthy Relationships” to incoming international students. The 30-minute workshop teaches students to recognize gender-based violence and know where to get help for themselves or a friend.

 

Unique participants are not tracked; someone attending two or more events may be counted more than once.

 

After orientation, students have opportunities to continue to participate in events related to the prevention of sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking. Post-orientation events are varied in their format, and include workshops, awareness raising campaigns, curriculum infusion, and community events. Collaboration between the departments responsible for providing education ensures that our messaging is aligned and that our programs build upon pre-orientation and orientation programming.

Workshops

Education workshops have been developed by providers on campus based on current best practices and campus needs. Workshop providers start with a standard plan and frequently modify it to meet the specific needs of the group requesting or hosting the workshop. Campus groups learn about available workshops and request workshops through the Ending Violence at Iowa site. Assessments are collected at conclusion of each workshop to measure effectiveness and inform future programming.

Many workshops are scheduled at the request of a campus group that has reached out directly to the workshop provider or made a request through the Ending Violence at Iowa site. Ongoing collaboration across the campus community expands opportunities for campus partners to host these educational events.

Workshop attendance and content area covered in 2019

 

Number of workshops

Number of participants

Policy information

Crime information

Healthy relationships

Bystander intervention

Risk reduction

Awareness raising

Consent

Sexual Health Education

Student Wellness, RVAP, WRAC

3

99

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

Bystander Intervention

WRAC, RVAP

12

951

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Dismantling Rape Culture

WRAC, RVAP

7

257

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Relationship Remix

WRAC, RVAP, Monsoon

8

766

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

Know the Law, Know Your Rights

Student Legal Services

2

19

 

X

 

 

X

X

X

Enthusiastic Consent/Queering Consent

WRAC, RVAP

7

530

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

Responding to Disclosures

RVAP

1

22

X

X

 

X

 

 

X

Unique participants are not tracked; someone attending two or more events may be counted more than once.