General Information

Question: What is Haven?
Answer: Haven is an interactive, online program designed to help you learn more about the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, which impact many college students across the county. It is also designed to help students understand the concept and role of consent as it relates to healthy sexual relationships. Virginia Tech takes these issues very seriously and wants to ensure students understand sexual violence is not tolerated in our community. In addition, we want all students to be aware of resources available if they ever need them.


We recognize that talking about sexual violence can be difficult and want to acknowledge that some of you may have had personal experiences with this topic. If taking this module is difficult or triggering for you, please know there are resources on campus to support you, even prior to your arrival to campus. If you are a survivor and need to talk before or after taking the module, please visit www.stopabuse.vt.edu.

Question: Why am I required to take Haven?
Answer: Sexual violence is a major health issue on campuses across the country. We believe that the only way to prevent sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence is to educate our community and to support open, safe spaces for conversation. At Virginia Tech, we take your health and safety seriously, and we want to work together to create a campus where everyone can live, study, work, and have fun safely.

Question: What does Haven cover?
Answer: Haven contains information and scenarios related to sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The program uses stories and interactive learning activities to help students learn many concepts, including the cultural factors that impact violence, how you build healthy relationships, identify “red flags,” and how to be active and effective members of your community.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Ethics of relationships
  • The effect of alcohol on relationships
  • Consent
  • Definitions of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking
  • Common myths about sexual assault

Requirements

Question: Who should take Haven?
Answer: First-year and transfer students are asked to take this course. New graduate students also take Haven, though they take a module designed specifically for graduate populations.

Question: When do I have to complete Part I of Haven?
Answer: August 18, 2016 (unless you are an international student; then your deadline will be September 5, 2016)

Question: When do I have to complete Part II of Haven?
Answer: You cannot take Part II immediately. You will be emailed 30 days after completing Part I indicating that Part II is ready. You can complete Part II on your own time.

Haven Course Structure

Question: What do I have to do to complete Part I of Haven?
Answer: You should complete all of the lessons, as well as the post quiz.

Question: What will happen if I do not meet the deadline for Haven?
Answer: The University may place a hold on your account if you do not complete Part I of Haven, which may prohibit you from enrolling in classes until you complete the course.

Accessing Haven

Question: I don't have computer access at home. Do I still need to complete Haven?
Answer: Yes. To take the program, you will need a computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to a computer, you can use any publicly available computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. Public computers are often available in your local public library, copy center, or community center. Virginia Tech provides computer labs and Wi-Fi Internet access across campus for anyone with a VT PID.

Other Important Information:

  • To avoid technical issues, please use any major web browser, other than INTERNET EXPLORER, released within the previous two years.
  • You may take the course in multiple sittings.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.
  • Should you experience problems, technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the course.

Question: How do I login?
Answer: You will login by visiting the ONLINE PREVENTION PORTAL. You will need your VT PID and password to enter the site. This is the same username (PID) and password you would use to access your VT e-mail. If you do not know your username (PID) password, please visit: https://my.vt.edu/accounts/new/pid or call (540) 231-4357.

The first time you enter the Haven site you will need to complete the registration form in order to create an account. You will not need to create an additional login or password. You may login and out of the site after completing each section. Section ends are marked with a Next button. ALWAYS, ALWAYS login through ICON, never go directly to the Haven site or you will get an error message when logging in.

Question: I believe I need accommodations to fulfill the requirements of this program. Who do I need to contact?
Answer: If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please Contact Us.

Marketing & Communications

Question: How will students find out about Haven?
Answer: Students are informed of the program participation requirements through their VT e-mail account on the last business day of July. They are also informed of this program by information in orientation materials and vigorous promoting during orientation events during the first three weeks of July. E-mails with directions on how to login to the programs and continual reminders will be sent out between the last business day of July and the Thursday before the first day of classes, which is the deadline.

Question: When will Haven be available?
Answer: Virginia Tech makes Haven available to students via email on the last business day of July.

Additional Questions

Question: Who will see my answers? How is the data kept? Will my parents be told what I report?
Answer: Virginia Tech will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will NEVER see any individual student's answers.

Students need to pass the Haven exam with an 80% passing grade or higher to complete the program. The Haven administrator at Virginia Tech will receive your score on the exam, but this is the only information ever matched with your identity. Your parents will not have access to any information (including your score on the knowledge exam) unless you choose to share it with them or to sign an information release that allows us to share it with them.

During the surveys, you will be asked if you would like more information about specific Virginia Tech volunteer opportunities. If you click "yes," you will receive information (via e-mail) regarding only the selected organizations.

Question: Do I need a textbook or materials for this program?
Answer: A textbook and materials are not needed. Everything that you need is provided to you online through the program.

Question: Will I receive college course credit for taking Haven?
Answer: You will not receive college course credit for Haven. This program is designed to increase your knowledge, abilities, and skills pertaining to high-risk alcohol use and behaviors in such an environment. It is an expectation of Virginia Tech and expected of any new student entering the university. The program is designed for population-level prevention and is meant to assist students, Virginia Tech, and the community in creating a safe and healthy environment for everyone to live, work, and study.

Note: These online programs are meant for students to complete on their own and not with a parent or guardian. We encourage your conversation with your student regarding the program content but please allow your student to complete the program on their own.