What is Haven Plus?
Question: What is Haven Plus?
Answer: Haven Plus is a thoughtful, interactive educational program for adults on the important issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Graduate students are asked to take this online program as part of Virginia Tech’s new comprehensive prevention strategy and in response to federal guidelines specified by the Campus SaVE Act.
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: What does Haven Plus cover?
Answer: Haven Plus contains information and scenarios related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking. The program uses stories and interactive learning activities to help graduate 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.
Question: Who should take Haven Plus?
Answer: All new graduate students are asked to take this course. First-year undergraduate and transfer students also take a version of Haven, though they take a module designed specifically for younger populations.
Question: When do I have to complete Part I of Haven Plus?
Answer: September 15, 2016
Question: When do I have to complete Part II of Haven Plus?
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 it on your own time.
Question: What do I have to do to complete Part I of Haven Plus?
Answer: You must complete all the sections in Part I, as well as the post exam.
Question: What will happen if I do not meet the deadline for Part I of Haven Plus?
Answer: The University may place a hold on your account if you do not complete the course, which may prevent you from enrolling for classes.
Accessing Haven Plus
Question: I don't have computer access at home. Do I still need to complete Haven Plus?
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 Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus?
Answer: Students are informed of the program participation requirements through their VT e-mail account on August 15, 2016. They are also informed of this program by information in orientation materials and vigorous promoting during orientation events during the last two weeks of August. E-mails with directions on how to login to the programs and continual reminders will be sent out between August 15th and the deadline.
Question: When will Have Plus be available?
Answer: Virginia Tech makes Haven Plus available to students via email on the last business day of July.
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.
The Haven Plus administrator at Virginia Tech will receive your score on the exam, but this is the only information ever matched with your identity.
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 Plus?
Answer: You will not receive course credit for Haven Plus. 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.