Haven at Western Washington University

Starting college can be an exciting time of encountering new situations and challenges. We all want to succeed, fit in, and find our group of friends. However, this can be difficult for a lot of new students! To help you navigate these new experiences, Prevention & Wellness Services (PWS) and EverFi are offering an on-line training program: Haven. Completion of the online training, Haven, is required of all new, matriculated students (including freshmen, transfer and graduate students).

Haven addresses the creation of healthy relationships, emphasizes the importance of obtaining consent in sexual situations, describes ways you can help strengthen the safe, positive university community you want to be a part of, and provides information on Western’s policies, resources and reporting options regarding sexual violence. 

This training reflects Western’s culture and values, and is part of a national effort across college campuses, aimed at decreasing sexual violence and increase safety for all students. It also ensures students are aware of their rights under Title IX, a civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination, including sexual violence. By learning about this important issue and completing this training, you will join over 10,000 Western students who have already completed Haven in supporting WWU’s commitment to creating a safer community.

Detailed instructions on how to access and complete this required training will be provided by email from Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) several weeks before the start of the quarter or during the first week of classes (this is dependent on when the student has registered).

Western is sensitive to students who have personal history with sexual violence. If you feel this training would be unacceptably upsetting for you for you due to that experience, please contact Prevention and Wellness Services (360.650.2993) discuss an exemption from Haven and an alternate way to receive important information contained in the training. Any personally identifying information will be kept private. If you have questions about the training, please contact Prevention and Wellness Services at pws@wwu.edu.

AlcoholEdu offers an interactive experience addressing choices about drinking, preventing unwanted and unintended experiences, identifying potentially risky situations, and learning skills to have a good time and keep yourself, your friends and your community safe - whether you choose to drink or not.  This training will be available fall quarter and we strongly encourage you to participate in this optional training. For more information, please visit the AlcoholEdu and WWU page of our website.

Haven Timeline: 2017-2018

Haven: This training is required of all new, matriculated students (including freshmen, transfer and graduate students). Detailed instructions on how to access and complete this required training will be provided by email from Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) before classes start for the quarter.

Please complete Part 1 by Friday, February 3rd, 2017 to avoid a hold on your spring quarter registration. If you have questions or concerns about completing the Haven training, please contact Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) at pws@wwu.edu.

Western is sensitive to students who have personal history with sexual violence. If you feel this training would be unacceptably upsetting for you, you may call PWS at (360.650.2993) to discuss an exemption from Haven and an alternate way to receive important information contained in the training. Any student who would like to access confidential support services may call CASAS (Consultation and Sexual Assault Support) at (360) 650.3700 to discuss available options and services.

To complete Haven, click on the following link: https://shib.everfi.net/login/default.aspx?id=wwuhaven . You can also find this link within your My Western portal. Click on the Student tab, scroll down to “Health,” and click on the Haven Online Training link.

Part 1 must be completed by February 3rd, 2017 to avoid a hold on your spring quarter registration. Part 1 will take between 60-75 minutes to complete and includes an Initial Survey, Course Modules 1-6, and an End of Modules Survey.

Thirty days after completing Part 1 you will receive an email with instructions to log into your EverFi dashboard, access Haven and complete Part 2, a 10 minute follow-up survey and and 3 final modules. Part 2 should be completed by March 18th, 2017.

Other Important Information:

• You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
• To avoid technical issues, please use the most up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox (Haven is not compatible with Internet Explorer).
• You may complete the course in multiple sittings.
• The course includes surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; Western will only receive information about the participating student group as a whole and will never see individual student responses. You may also skip any survey question you do not wish to answer, and still complete the remainder of the training.
• Technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the training.

Haven Frequently Asked Questions

What is Haven?

Haven is an online sexual violence prevention training. It provides information about creating healthy relationships; the importance of obtaining consent in sexual situations; ways students can help foster a safe, positive campus environment; and Western’s policies, resources, and reporting options regarding sexual violence.

Why are students being required to complete this training?

This training requirement reflects Western’s culture and values. Western is committed to effectively preventing and responding to sexual violence, and this training is one of our many efforts to do so. Being a Western community member comes with a shared responsibility for the well-being of others at Western. By taking this training, you are stepping up to your responsibility and joining the many continuing WWU students who have already completed Haven in contributing to a safer environment for everyone.

This training also responds to a national effort across college campuses, along with new federal requirements, aimed at decreasing sexual violence and increasing safety for all students, and ensuring students are aware of their Title IX rights to be free from all forms of sex discrimination.

Who is required to take this training?

Under Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct (POL-U1600.04), all new matriculated students (new freshman, transfer, and graduate students), whether they are full-time or a member of an established cohort in which they take classes less than full-time, are required to complete Haven. This applies whether the Western student is based on the Bellingham campus or at one of Western’s extended sites.

I’m a graduate student. Do I still have to do this training?

Yes. Western is requiring all new students, including graduate students, to complete this training.

I live off-campus and/or am taking Western classes at a non-Bellingham location. Do I still need to complete this training?

Yes, all new Western students, regardless of housing status and/or location, are required to take the Haven training.

I’m a survivor of sexual violence and feel this content would be unacceptably upsetting. Can I request an exemption?

Yes. You can call Prevention and Wellness Services at 360-650-2993 to request an exemption due to personal history with sexual violence and your feeling that the content in the training would be unacceptably upsetting for you. You do not need to disclose the details of your personal history with sexual violence, and you will receive a follow-up email with some of the important campus policies and resources discussed in the training, as well as specific information about support networks.

If I request an exemption, will my request remain confidential?

Yes. If you request an exemption from Haven with Prevention and Wellness Services due to a previous experience with sexual violence, the reason for your exemption will remain confidential. You will be sent an email with information about on and off campus resources where you can access support and/or report the incident. Your name and Western ID will be given to EverFi (the company that created Haven) and the Registrar’s Office in order to release the hold on your Winter Quarter registration—again, with the reason for your exemption remaining confidential.

What if I want to report the incident of sexual violence I experienced?

If you would like to report any sexual misconduct, the following resources are available:

Requesting an exemption from the Haven training will not initiate an investigation from the Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Office, and/or University or local law enforcement.

I don’t feel comfortable answering some of the survey questions in Haven. Can I skip any of them?

Yes. All survey responses are confidential. Western will only receive aggregate information about the student body as a whole and will never see your individual answers. Please note that with any survey question or questions in Haven, you may skip them, and complete the remainder of the training.

What happens if I don’t do this training?

Western is requiring all new students to participate in this training. If you do not complete the required training or obtain an exemption for the reason discussed above by the deadline, a hold will be placed on your registration for future quarters. Please complete Haven by this deadline to avoid a registration hold. If you are having technical difficulties, please let us know as soon as possible so we can help you.

I’m having technical difficulties with Haven. What should I do?

1. Switch browsers—use Chrome or Firefox when you can instead of Internet Explorer

2. Clear the Cache: http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser's-Cache

3. If you seem stuck, your screen may be zoomed in too much causing you to miss a prompt or navigation button. To zoom out on a PC hit "control 0 (zero)" and on a Mac hit "command 0 (zero)".

4. Technical support is also available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the training.

If you are still having difficulties, you can contact us at pws@wwu.edu and we will forward your questions to EverFi to determine if there is something else causing these problems.

I would like to request a disability accommodation for this training. How can I do that?

If you would like to request disability accommodations for this training, please contact Prevention and Wellness Services (Old Main 560) at pws@wwu.edu or call 360.650.2993

I went through a similar training program at my previous school/employer. Can I count that training in place of completing Haven?

All students new to Western are required to complete the Haven training, which includes information specific to Western’s policies and resources. While some of the information you received in previous trainings may be helpful in reducing risk and sexual violence, the Haven training is focused on making Western’s community safer.

This information will not apply to me, as I do not plan to be in situations with any risk of sexual violence. Why do I need to complete this training?

Western is committed to educating all students on risk reduction related to sexual violence, and this training will give you tools to support others and strengthen the Western community. Additionally, we want every student to be aware of the applicable policies, resources, and reporting options in case you or someone you know needs them while you are at Western.

EverFi Haven Resources

Together Against Sexual Violence Website

This comprehensive Western Washington University website provides important information about support resources and reporting options on and off campus for people who have experienced sexual violence. The website also includes information and guidance for preserving evidence and suggestions for friends and family about how they can support survivors.

Together Against Sexual Violence Brochure

This comprehensive, printable (11"x17") document includes important information, support, and reporting options for people who have been sexually assaulted.

Infographic: Assistance for Students Who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct

This downloadable, printable document outlines important information, resources, and reporting options for people who have been sexually assaulted.

What You Can Do if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

This downloadable, printable document outlines important information, resources, and reporting options for people who have been sexually assaulted.

WWU's Consultation and Sexual Assault Support (CASAS)

Old Main 585B; (360) 650.3700. CASAS provides confidential, professional consultation, information about medical services, legal information and reporting options, academic support, and support groups for survivors of violence, including sexual violence. CASAS can help students make a report to the University or to the police.

DVSAS (Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services)

1407 Commercial Street, Bellingham; 24-hour helpline (360) 715-1563 or (877) 715-1563. DVSAS offers free and confidential services, including a 24-hour helpline seven days a week, walk-in services weekdays from 9am to 5pm, support groups, emergency shelter, and legal, medical and social services advocacy. The DVSAS website, lists many community resources for survivors.

Support Services and Reporting Options for People Who Experience Sexual Misconduct

This downloadable and printable document outlines campus, local, and national resources as well as reporting options for people who experience sexual misconduct.

WWU's Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct

Western prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

WWU's Discrimination Complaint Procedure

Students may bring a complaint alleging sex discrimination, including sexual violence, under this procedure. Western’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure provides an administrative complaint process (not legal or criminal) for prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of sex discrimination complaints. Such complaints are investigated by the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator.

WWU's Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual violence. Students who experience sexual misconduct perpetrated by another student may make a complaint through the student conduct process. Procedures in the event of alleged violations of the Code, appeal rights, and possible sanctions are set out in the Code.

Page Updated 12.21.2016