Start Date & Deadlines
January 4, 2016 - 8 am
January 11, 2016
Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE Frequently Asked Questions for Students
What is Penn State SAFE?
Penn State SAFE is a Penn State-specific online program that provides detailed information about alcohol, including the effects alcohol has on mind and body, alcohol-related state laws, and university policies related to alcohol consumption. Completion of the program is required for all incoming first-year students, whether they are frequent heavy drinkers, light to moderate drinkers, or abstainers.
What is Penn State AWARE?
Penn State AWARE is an online relationship and sexual violence awareness learning module. The program educates students about relationship violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual harassment. The program will help students develop practical skills to keep themselves and their friends safe.
Why does Penn State require Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE?
Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE are designed to help students make safe and healthy choices. The two programs provide students with information about alcohol issues and sexual decision-making which are two high-risk health issues for college students.
I don't drink - do I still need to complete Penn State SAFE?
Yes. All new first-year students who are 21 and under are required to complete Penn State SAFE. Even if you don't drink, it's very likely that during your college experience you will know others who do. At the very least, alcohol use may be a topic of discussion among fellow students.
When do I have to take Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE?
Students starting at all campuses in spring 2016 will be sent a letter around December 18, 2015 with information about the two programs. Students will receive instructions in their Penn State email account about how to log into the program on January 4, 2016. Students are required to complete Penn State AWARE and Part 1 of the Penn State SAFE program by January 11, 2016.
Part 1 of Penn State SAFE is about 1 hour in length and Penn State AWARE is about 45 minutes in length. Both may be taken in segments.
Part 2 of Penn State SAFE is approximately 10 minutes in length. You will be sent instructions, in your Penn State email account, for completing Part 2 of Penn State SAFE about one month after the start of classes.
How do I access Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE?
Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE can be accessed at www.edge.psu.edu/firstyear. Students log in using their Penn State Access ID and password. The programs can only be accessed through this web page.
What if I have trouble logging into the course, I get error messages, or I experience other technical difficulties?
If you have problems with your Penn State Access ID or password, contact the Penn State ITS Service Desk by calling 814-863-1035 or 814-863-2494, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other issues, please call 814-863-0461 during regular office hours (Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm) or email email@example.com
How will Penn State know if I've completed Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE?
Penn State staff will track each studentís progress through both programs. Email reminders will be sent to students who have not completed the programs.
Who will have access to my survey responses?
All information you provide is confidential. Survey responses will be examined for the first-year student body as a whole; Penn State administrators will never see individual student surveys or responses.
Who should I contact at Penn State if I have additional questions about Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE?
Please contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda LaSalle, University Health Services
University Park, PA 16802