Alcohol.Edu --- Sexual Assault.Edu

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is the Buffalo State doing this?

Alcohol and sexual assault are  key health issues on all college campuses. Part of creating a healthy community is providing campus-wide approaches to health and using tools such as AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  for College. The College takes its responsibility to ensure your health and safety. We want to work together with you to create the healthiest campus possible. Buffalo State is committed to providing an academic environment where everyone can live, study, work and have fun safely.

2. Why did you choose AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu ?

AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  is an online science-based alcohol prevention program that provides a tailored educational experience focusing on the impact of alcohol on the mind and body. Research supports AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  as an effective tool in creating a healthy campus environment for all students.

Students who have completed AlcoholEdu  are much less likely to develop alcohol problems or experience negative consequences (vomiting, hangover, blackouts) as a result of drinking.

As a module within AlcoholEdu, SexualAssaultEdu  provides important prevention skills and strategies to all students. SexualAssaultEdu  relies on proven prevention theories and educational strategies to help students understand the many aspects of the sexual assault issue.

3.  What is the content of the course?

The course consists of a pre- and post-test, informational chapters, interactive activities, and three surveys. Topics include:

  • How media, family, and social expectations shape ideas & behaviors
  • Body/health factors including blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • Potential risks associated with problem drinking such as violence and drinking & driving
  • The potential impact of alcohol on academic performance and relationships
  • How to make healthy choices, deal with peer pressure, & find help
  • Helpful resources, such as a BAC calculator & reference guides about alcohol & other drugs, that students can access at any time.
  • Common myths about sexual assault and rape
  • Definition of consent
  • The link between sexual assault and alcohol

4. When can I begin the module?

The AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu module will be available on January 3, 2014 for students enrolling for Spring, 2014.

5. Why do I have to wait 45 days to complete the course after part I?

The 45-day wait is in place in order to have students apply the knowledge from the course to their specific college environment. The deadline for completing Part 2 is February 14, 2014.

6. What is included in the course?

The course is composed of surveys, knowledge tests, and alcohol-related information.  In Part I you will complete Chapters 1-3, two surveys, and two knowledge tests.  In Part II you will complete the final chapter and survey.

7. What do I have to do to complete it?

The first portion of the course (Chapters 1-3 as well as two surveys and two knowledge tests) will take approximately 2.5 hours and we recommend that you complete it in multiple sittings. Approximately 45 days later, you will receive an automatically generated email, asking you to complete the course. At this time, you will need to log in again to complete Chapter 4 and the final survey.

NOTE: Completing AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu requires passing the knowledge exam and finishing the final chapter/survey. Only once you’ve finished Chapter 4 and the final survey you have completed the program.

8. What happens if I don’t do it?

The College will not know your individual responses to questions in AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu, so your responses will be kept confidential.  But the College will know if you do not complete the course.  Students who do not complete the course may have their records placed on hold or may be referred to the office of judicial affairs.

9. I don’t drink. Do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu ?

All first year and transfer students are required to complete the course. Even if you don’t drink, you may still be impacted by alcohol use in the college environment.

AlcoholEdu  provides personalized paths through the curriculum so if you don’t drink, you will receive support and specific information tailored to your choice. AlcoholEdu  will also provide you with important information regarding coping with potential drinking behavior of your peers.

10.  Why do I have to learn about sexual assault?  That’s not going to happen to me.   

Unfortunately, every year some students at colleges across the country become victims of sexual assault.  That’s why New York State requires that all colleges and universities in the State educate new students about sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.  Sexual AssaultEdu  will teach you the facts about these issues.  It addresses assumptions and stereotypes.  It will also help you understand the meaning of consent, why "No" means "No" and about how to help if a friend is a victim of sexual assault.

11. What if I don’t have computer access at home? Do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu ?

To take the course, you will need computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to a computer, you can use any publicly available computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. Public computers are often available in your local public library, copy center, or community center. Buffalo State has a number of computer labs available to students.

12. How much does it cost?

It’s free.  There is no cost for you to take AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu.  

13. When do I have to complete the course? What’s the deadline?

First-year and transfer students must complete Chapters 1-3 of the course by February 14, 2014. You will receive an automated e-mail approximately 45 days after you complete the third chapter and knowledge test reminding you to login in and complete Chapter 4 and the final survey. International students will begin the course after they arrive on campus.

14. What happens if I don’t pass the test?  

You will need to retake the exam. Successful completion of AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  includes passing the knowledge exam and completing the final chapter and survey. If you have documented learning needs that require an accommodation please contact Ron George at 716-878-4436 or

15. Do I have to do the follow-up survey and chapter?

Yes. Only after you have passed the knowledge exam at the end of Chapter 3 and then completed Chapter 4 and the final survey are you considered finished with AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu.

16. My religious beliefs forbid alcohol use. Why do I have to do this?

All first year and transfer students are required to complete AlcoholEdu. Alcohol use in the college environment has the potential to affect everyone. Even if you don’t drink you may be impacted by the potential drinking behavior of your peers. AlcoholEdu  provides personalized paths through the curriculum so if you don’t drink, you will receive support and specific information tailored to your choice.

17. Who will see my answers? How is the data kept? Will my parents be told what I report?

AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  includes three surveys that offer you feedback on your alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are strictly confidential; Buffalo State College will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will NEVER see any individual student's answers. Because we require you to pass the knowledge exam, the AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  administrator at the Buffalo State College will receive your score on the exam but this is the only information ever matched with your identity. Your parents will not have access to any information (including your score on the knowledge exam) unless you choose to share it with them or to sign an information release that allows us to share it with them.

18. How do I login? 

Students will log in by visiting this URL Use your Buffalo State user name and password. You may need to change your initial password here ( if you are unable to log in to the site. If you forgot your user name and password go to this link for student user name and set-up.

Sign up as a First Year student (freshman) or Transfer student.

19. What do I do if I have trouble with the site?

While we don’t anticipate you having any trouble using the site, should you experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu  Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the "Help" button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu screen or call 1-866-384-9062. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Help Site.

20. I believe I need accommodations to fulfill the requirements of this course. What do I need to do? 

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Ron George at 716-878-4436 or , or contact the Disability Services Office at    716-878-4500.

21. Who is the AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu Administrator?

The AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  Administrator is Ron George who can be contacted at 716-878-4436 or Email is the preferred option.

22. Do I need a textbook or materials for this course?

 No. A textbook and materials are not needed. Everything that you need is provided to you online through the course.

23. What if I took AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu  at my previous college or high school, do I need to take it again?

Yes all new undergraduate students (Transfers and First Year students) must take the Buffalo State Version of AlcoholEdu/Sexual AssaultEdu. We incorporated campus specific information about sexual assault, violence prevention and campus resources that we feel all students need to know as part of the educational experience at Buffalo State College.