The newly formed partnership between Tex- as A&M University Kingsville and EverFi,
a new wave training program, are joining forces to educate students and staff about alcohol consumption and how to respond to sexual harassment situations.
Alcohol Education and Haven, the anony- mous online programs are easily accessible through student accounts.
Initially, the programs launched in early August 2016, but as a result of technical difficulties, are prolonged to a later date. Stu- dents are expected to complete the courses and utilize the resources provided for future reference.
The objective is to encourage everyone at Javelina Nation to become more responsive when it comes to high-risk ordeals.
In spite of the fact that this year is dubbed a testing year, Karen Royal, director of compli- ance states, “Although we might not be able to reach everyone, this is not a stand alone process. These specific trainings will provide aggregate data, which will in return show percentages in categories where the majority did excel and where they weren’t as success- ful.”
The Alcohol Education course allows par- takers to virtually pour adult beverages to convey how many ounces should actually be served, rather than what one might be actually consuming.
Confidential surveys are vital to the course, since they provide insight to the EverFi database, which will collectively create accurate percentages, and then be used to specify deep-rooted issues that our campus is struggling with. Students and faculty are quizzed over the impact that gender, weight, and food consumption have on a person’s blood alcohol concentration.
The intent is to inform the campus commu- nity about alcohol absorption into the blood- stream and how it affects different parts of the body.
The debilitating side effects are shown in several exercises where captions mark how the senses are impaired solely based on how much one drinks. Practice scenarios and sub-categories are dispersed throughout the program to help the test taker implement new strategies.
Royal acknowledges that not everyone is a recreational drinker, but affirms, “…every- one is just as susceptible to these high-risk situations, meaning that it’s not always tar- geted at sororities, fraternities, and athletes.” Haven, the essential sexual harassment course shows the perspective from both parties involved in diverse situations. The individual participating in the course is giv- en the option to choose the proper response to the prospective aggressor and victim. Al- though this course is not an outlet to directly seek assistance, TAMUK does want to hear about individual cases. The Office of Com- pliance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville states that they hope this program will not only be frequently accessed for the unlimited resources, but to encourage students to seek further assistance without feeling as though privacy is non-existent.
Royal spoke candidly about the joint ven- ture between TAMUK and EverFi, and how a large percentage of participation will in return be translated into campus life.
Online training appears to be the only feasi- ble way to reach the masses without obli- gating students to attend assemblies; both curricula will be fulfilled at the participant’s convenience.
She stresses that the Office of Compliance wants the “message to be that we take sexual misconduct seriously and hope to instill trust and confidence in order to help everyone we can.”