By Jenny Edengard
Assistant Features Editor
The Haven Sexual Assault course that was previously required for all students is now an “expected” online course as of Sept. 21, according to an email sent to all students by Long Island University. LIU partnered with EverFi, a website that helps students learn important life skills, such as prevention of sexual assault and alcohol abuse.
Students are expected to complete the “Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault” and “AlcoholEdu: For College” online courses on the EverFi website by Nov. 18; however, there is no penalty if students don’t complete the courses. When the first Haven sexual assault course came about last year, it was said that if students did not complete the exercise they would not be able to register for classes for the following semester.
To complete the online courses, students must log in to their My LIU account, using the same password and login information when logging on to the EverFi Portal link.
The online courses are substituting for the former required Haven course and are meant to inform students of their decisions regarding the effect of college alcohol abuse and sexual assault. The passing score for these exams is a 75 or higher.
Abagail Van Vlerah, Dean of Students, said that the courses are being offered to keep students safe on campus. “LIU is dedicated to providing the best resources and up-to-date information to keep students, faculty and visitors safe on campus.”
Van Vlerah explained the switch from a required to an expected course completion. “The sexual assault course is a requirement of the Department of Education. We offer all LIU students the opportunity to participate in the course. Although the sexual assault course is not mandatory and not part of the curriculum, we expect every student to participate.”
The content of the course is not a major change. “Each year the course remains primarily the same, but NYS law does change slightly so it is in the best interest of the student to retake the class annually,” Van Vlerah said.