University of Idaho to Launch Cutting-Edge Online Orientation Course Tackling Alcohol, Sexual Assault and More

Wednesday, July 10 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The first semester on any college campus presents risks for new students when it comes to substance abuse and sexual assault. Knowing how to navigate challenging situations is key to student success and safety, and that is why the University of Idaho is launching “Think About It,” a cutting-edge, comprehensive, online orientation program that educates and informs through a format that was created with students for students.

“Think About It” explores choices and examines the interconnected issues of dating and healthy relationships, drug and alcohol use and abuse while defining and discussing the crimes of sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. The interactive experience takes students through choices they may encounter, providing opportunities for decision-making before the fact. The course requires self-reflection and critical thinking, and is crafted through a social justice lens.

“Think About It,” will start this fall for all new, full-time University of Idaho undergraduates on the Moscow campus under the age of 24. Students will receive an email invitation to start the program the week of July 22. Students will be required to complete the three-hour online program before Sunday, Nov. 3.

“The sooner students have this information, the better equipped they will be for campus life,” said Cori Planagan, director of Orientation Programming. “’Think About It’ uses engaging videos, games, animation, polls and more to educate on these topics. While the firm completion deadline is Nov. 3, we are encouraging students with incentives.”

Limited edition Vandal T-shirts and brain-shaped stress balls will be given to students who finish the program before classes begin and stress balls to those who complete the course by the sixth week of classes.

The program was created by CampusClarity in partnership with University of San Francisco. The University of Idaho is among the first campuses to customize USF’s program.

“It’s so important to engage our new students in these conversations and get them thinking about some of the risky situations they might find themselves in before the event happens,” said Virginia Solan, coordinator of Violence Prevention Programs at UI. “Settling into a new life on a college campus means more than figuring out where your classes are. It means learning the culture and finding your place in it. ‘Think About It’ really helps students be prepared for almost any situation that might come up in their first semester.”

“Think About It,” sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, is a key component of an intensive campus-wide effort to educate and support students in making healthy choices while pursuing their academic goals.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Big Sky Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.



About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.