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AlcoholEdu for College: 2020 COURSE OPENS ON JULY 13!

Why AlcoholEdu® for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates?

AlcoholEdu® for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU) are objective, science-based, online alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention programs designed specifically for college students as the cornerstone of a comprehensive campus prevention program.

The purpose of the courses is to prevent or reduce alcohol-related problems and incidents of sexual violence among college students while providing a statistically accurate description of the related attitudes, experiences, behaviors of students. Both courses are key components of Villanova University’s Health Promotion program.

Backed by research:

  • Nearly two decades of Villanova students have taken the courses, with an increase of up to 30% between pre-post exam. Students are demonstrating significant knowledge gains as a result of the course.
  • Rigorous evaluation concluded that students who completed the program experienced a 50% reduction in negative academic and personal consequences.
  • The same evaluation concluded that students increased protective behaviors of others (e.g., watching out for their friends).

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How Does It Work?

The first part of AlcoholEdu (Part I) takes roughly 2 hours to complete and can be completed in multiple sittings. Part I of SAPU takes approximately 30 minutes. Students can log in and out of both programs. Part I of each course ends with an exam and survey (for those over age 18). Students must earn a minimum score of 75% or higher to pass and receive credit for completion of the courses. The deadline for incoming first year students to complete Part I of  AlcoholEdu by August 17, 2020..

The second parts of AlcoholEdu and SAPU (Part II) include short modules and a survey. Approximately 45 days after completing Part I of both courses, students will receive an email invitation to return and complete Part II. The deadline to complete Part II of AlcoholEdu is October 16, 2020.

AlcoholEdu® for College and SAPU include a number of surveys that measure students’ alcohol-related and sexual violence-related attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are strictly confidential. Villanova University will only receive information about the first year student body as a whole and will never see individual student responses. Students can feel confident in providing truthful responses to the survey questions. Students who are under age 18 at the time they are taking the course will not receive any of the surveys, but they will still complete the rest of the course curriculum.

ONLY AlcoholEdu® for College is MANDATORY for all incoming first year students at Villanova University this year. It is important that every student complete this course to avoid disciplinary consequences through the University. Due to changes in Title IX policy and procedure that go into effect on August 14, 2020, we will be offering the SAPU course as OPTIONAL for ALL STUDENTS in 2020-21. Students will receive an invitation to take the SAPU course in September, but no one will be required to complete it ths year.

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How Do I Start AlcoholEdu® for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates?

All instructions for AlcoholEdu for College will be emailed to incoming students on July 13, 2020. Students CANNOT begin the course until it opens on July 13. 

If you do not receive the email invitation or accidentally misplace the email, you should COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK to begin AlcoholEdu for College: NOTE: Clicking on the link provided WILL NOT OPEN THE COURSE. COPY AND PASTE the link into your browser.

If you are unable to log in on the landing page, please click on 'Forgot Password' and follow the instructions.

The SAPU course will open in September, and instructions will be sent separately at that time. You will follow all of the same instructions above to begin the SAPU course, should you choose to take it.

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Having Problems Getting Started or Completing AlcoholEdu® for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU)?

For 24/7 online technical support, reach out to (also available via the “Help” button in the course).

For campus support, contact the Office of Health Promotion by emailing

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Trouble Viewing the Course Media?

Try these tips:

  • First, copy and paste the URL provided in the e-mail you received with the course instructions in your Web browser. If you simply clicked on the URL, please copy and paste it into your browser instead. This simple step resolves 99% of reported issues accessing the course.
  • If you are unable to log in on the landing page, please click on 'Forgot Password' and follow the instructions.
  • If the first bulleted suggestion does not resolve your issue, select “Audio Only” for the Media Option on the MEDIA SETTINGS page.
  • Do not play music or run video clips on your computer (CD, mp3s, other websites, etc.) while viewing the course.
  • Do not have any other programs or applications running on your computer while viewing the course (including applications such as Instant Messenger, or music file-sharing.
  • Log in at a local library as opposed to your home computer for a faster connection.
  • Access the course at a different time of day (during non-peak hours, e.g., early morning).
  • Do not use your wireless connection. Connect directly to the Internet for a faster connection.

 Still having problems? Use the 24/7 technical support resources noted above.

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I don’t drink, so why do I have to take AlcoholEdu® for College?

First and foremost, we congratulate you for choosing to abstain. There are many other students at Villanova who are making the same choice - in fact, more than half of you are non-drinkers!

However, it is important to recognize that students are affected by their peers’ decisions around alcohol during their Villanova experience. It is important that every student is equipped with accurate and credible information about alcohol so that they can make safer, responsible choices for themselves and encourage their peers to do the same. Chances are that, even if you do not drink, you will encounter someone who does. And, we know that more than 70% of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol. If you think about it, the information in AlcoholEdu® and SAPU could help to save a life, keep someone from getting hurt, or reduce someone’s risk for poor academic performance as a result of alcohol use. AlcoholEdu® for College and SAPU are key elements of this support for healthy choices.


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