Impressions is an online course for first-year students that tackles campus sexual violence prevention through the lens of two Title IX investigations.

United Educators
Program Name Level of Evidence Format Target Audience Special Features
  • Online Course
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate Students
Provides an in-depth explanation of Title IX proceedings
Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • identify sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking
  • locate their institution's rules, policies, and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual assault and intimate partner violence
  • differentiate between correct and incorrect responses to disclosure of sexual assault from a friend
  • discuss safe options a bystander can take to intervene
  • describe the common effects of drugs and alcohol in sexual violence
  • identify a responsible employee on campus
  • recall the two methods of reporting
  • recall the institution's reporting process
  • define consent
  • differentiate between correct and incorrect examples of consent

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.

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. Changes were made to the content related to the Title IX updates that occurred in 2019.


A total of 69 institutions have used this program thus far.


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.


The Impressions program is free to UE members. Interested institutions can go to to learn more about course implementation. The training is available for purchase through Canopy Programs for higher education institutions that are not members of UE.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Preventing sexual violence on college campuses: Lessons from research and practice. Retrieved from: .

Krebs, C., Lindquist, C., Berzofsky, M., Shook-Sa, B., & Peterson, K. (2016). Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report, Bureau of Justice Statistics Research and Development Series. Retrieved from:  

Jozkowski, K.N. (2015). “Yes Means Yes”? Sexual Consent Policy and College Students. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 47:2, 16-23. Doi:10.1080/00091383.2015.1004990

Jozkowski, K.N. & Humphreys, T.P. (2014). Sexual Consent on College Campuses: Implications for Sexual Assault Prevention Education. The Health Education Monograph Series, 31:2, 30-34  

Jozkowski, K.N., Peterson, Z.D., Sanders, S.A., Dennis, B., & Reece, M. (2013). Gender Differences in Heterosexual College Students’ Conceptualizations and Indicators of Sexual Consent: Implications for Contemporary Sexual Assault Prevention Education. Journal of Sex Research, 0:0, 1-13 doi:10.1080/00224499.2013.792326

United Educators. (2015). Confronting Campus Sexual Assault: An Examination of Higher Education Claims  

United Educators. (2016). Review of Student-Victim Sexual Assault Claims With Losses