|Overview||Impressions is an online course for first-year students that tackles campus sexual violence prevention through the lens of two Title IX investigations.|
|program name||level of evidence"Supported by evidence, promising direction or emerging"||bystander"Bystander programs engage men and women not (primarily) as potential perpetrators or victims, but rather as potential bystanders to situations involving sexual or intimate partner violence. Bystander prevention programs presume that all members of the community have a role in shifting norms to prevent violence.... The bystander model includes tools and ideas for action and strongly encourages each person to make a difference." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 5)||empathy"Empathy-based programs give participants the skills to understand sexual violence, provide compassionate responses to disclosures, and reduce the likelihood of sexual assault perpetration by males." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 4)||dispelling
rape myths"These programs address common misconceptions and myths about circumstances, causes, and realities of sexual violence. Topics often include rates of assault and reporting, definitions of consent, and clarifying common circumstances of assault." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013)
|alcoholThese programs discuss the role alcohol plays in sexual violence and how drinking impacts the communication of consent.||otherAdditional topics of focus are listed here.|
|Impressions||Emerging||X||X||X||X||in-depth explanation of Title IX proceedings|
Culture of Care
This online program is presented in four acts: culture of care, prevention, reporting and consent; it also includes two introduction and conclusion modules. Content is presented in three ways: (1) an animated mini-drama entitled “the Hook Up” that follows two Title IX cases; (2) narration from the lead actress on key subjects; and (3) definitions, policies and other content displayed in panels that participants click through.
45 -55 minute course
With an institutional membership to United Educators, there is no limit to the number of learners who can access the program. Pre/post quizzes are included and are required for members of United Educators.
Incoming and first-year college students
|Theoretical basis for approach||
Impressions was developed using research around: interactive learning, perpetration, bystander intervention, consent, and assault patterns observed in UE claims. Sarah McMahon-Cannizzo consulted on the pre- and post- questions and reviewed the course content. United Educators also received input from student focus groups, incorporating an iterative approach to development by improving course content after each of the 12 student focus groups.
United Educators is currently collecting pre/post data as the program is being implemented as part of an evaluation methodology. Evaluation data is currently not available but United Educators plans on publishing data as more students use the program
|Participating colleges and universities||
Since the course was recently launched int he Spring of 2017, a list of participating institutions is not yet available.
|Considerations for administrators||
This program is unique from others on the market because it offers an in-depth exploration into how the Title IX process works on campus. The course appropriately indicates when and how the Title IX structure may vary by institution. Still, administrations should be sure to plan to communicate any campus-specific information to students, either within customizable sections of the program or through another educational program.
|How to access this program||
The Impressions program is free to UE members. Interested institutions can go to https://www.edurisksolutions.org/learning-launch/ to learn more about course implementation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Preventing sexual violence on college campuses: Lessons from research and practice. Retrieved from: https://www.notalone.gov/schools/ .