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General Questions

Why do I have to complete the Annual Student Update Form and the Not on Our Grounds, Alcohol-Wise, Understanding Implicit Bias, and Honor modules?

Every student needs to be aware of the University’s policies and resources. The modules demonstrate ways in which you can be influential in addressing these issues and enhance the safety of our community as well as how you can be an active bystander. The Annual Student Update Form updates the University on your current information regarding tax dependency status, local address, criminal history, and emergency contact information. The form also has you acknowledge your financial responsibility.

When do I have to complete the Annual Student Update Form and the Not on Our Grounds, Alcohol-Wise, Understanding Implicit Bias, and Honor modules?

The Annual Student Update Form and the Not on Our Grounds, Alcohol-Wise modules and form need to be completed by Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The Understanding Implicit Bias module must be complete by Sunday, October 8, 2017. Failure to complete one or more items will result in a course registration block for the Spring 2018 semester.

Why must graduate/professional students complete these modules?

All students need be aware of the University’s policies and resources. The modules will demonstrate ways in which you can be influential in addressing these issues and enhancing the safety of our community as well as how you can be an active bystander.

I’m not a traditionally-aged first-year or transfer undergraduate student. Why does this requirement apply to me?

All students need be aware of the University’s policies and resources. The modules will demonstrate ways in which you can be influential in addressing these issues and enhancing the safety of our community as well as how you can be an active bystander.

I don't see every item listed under my SIS To Do List. How do I access these items?

These requirements are assigned based on your status as a new or returning student, your year at the University, and whether or not you've completed the item in the past. As such, you may not need to complete every item. In addition, you may have other requirements to complete beyond these modules and the Annual Student Update Form. Your SIS To Do List is the definitive source to confirm which requirements you need to complete. If the item is not listed on your To Do List, you do not need to complete the item (or you have already completed it).

Will any of my information be shared without my permission?

The University and the third-party module providers will not share any student information. The University has contracts with 3rd Millennium Classrooms (the Alcohol-Wise provider), EverFi (the Not on Our Grounds provider), and Project Implicit (the Understanding Implicit Bias provider). The University has confidentiality agreements in place with each provider that clearly stipulates that no student information will be sold or shared. The companies will not contact students for any reason aside from program completion reminders. At the end of the Not on Our Grounds module, you will have an opportunity to indicate that you are interested in getting more involved in sexual assault prevention and education at the University. By clicking “yes” to this question, you are authorizing EverFi to share the name and email address you used to log in to the course with the University for the purpose of contacting you about such opportunities. Please note that the survey responses will still remain completely confidential.

Who has access to my module responses?

All answers to module and test questions are confidential. No one at the University can access any individual student responses. The only information accessible to University administrators are the dates a student begins and completes the modules and the final scores on the pre- and post-tests. Upon completion of the modules, the University will receive summary data. No individual identifying information is included in any reports.

What is done to keep my personal information secure?

Data exchanged with this site are protected by SSL encryption, and no personally identifying information is collected. IP addresses are routinely recorded, but are completely confidential. Finally, the raw, de-identified data will be shared on the Open Science Framework website for other scientists to use in their research.

Have the modules been reviewed by the University’s Institutional Review Board?

The University’s Institutional Review Board has confirmed that the data collected in the Alcohol Wise and Not on Our Grounds modules are not considered research. The data are part of the educational intervention itself, and the post-test is considered program evaluation. As such, these modules are not considered human subjects research. The Understanding Implicit Bias modules include an evaluation of the learning objectives that students are asked to complete either before or after the modules. These data qualify as human subjects research and have been approved by the UVA IRB.

I lost the original email. How do I access the Annual Student Update Form and the Not on Our Grounds, Alcohol-Wise, Understanding Implicit Bias, and Honor modules?

  • Go to your Student Information System (SIS) account, and check your “To Do” list.
  • Click on “Alcohol-Wise,” “Not on Our Grounds,” “Honor,” “Understanding Implicit Bias,” or the Annual Student Update Form, and you will be taken to a web page to launch the required item.

I just completed the Alcohol-Wise and/or the Not on Our Grounds module(s), but didn’t receive information on Part 2. Will I have a SIS block?

No. Part 2 of the Alcohol-Wise and Not on Our Grounds modules consists of a brief, confidential survey that will be emailed to you 30-45 days after you complete the modules. The survey in Part 2 assists the University in assessing the efficacy of the modules and is not related to SIS blocks. Part 2 is optional.

Who should I contact if I have issues accessing the online module due to a disability?

If you are an individual with a disability and need to access the training in an alternate format, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at sdac@virginia.edu or (434) 243-5180.

I’m having technical problems. What should I do?

If you are having technical difficulties, first try using a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.). If you continue to have problems, use the following to contact the appropriate technical support for each required item:
  • For Alcohol-Wise, contact 3rd Millennium Classrooms technical support at 1-888-810-7990 or info@3rdmilclassrooms.com.
  • For Not on Our Grounds, contact EverFi technical support at 1-866-384-9062 or online.
  • For Honor, contact the ITS Help Desk at 434-924-4357 (HELP).
  • For the Annual Student Update Form, contact the ITS Help Desk at 434-924-4357 (HELP).
  • For Understanding Implicit Bias, contact Project Implicit technical support at support@projectimplicit.net.

Will the modules track my progress if I cannot complete all of the training at once?

Yes. You can begin the training and stop at any point. The modules will automatically track your progress so you can pick up where you left off.

I’ve just completed my outstanding module(s) and/or the Annual Student Update Form, but the item(s) still appear on my SIS To Do List. When will the item(s) be removed?

To Do List items will not be removed immediately. Completion information is processed and To Do List items updated at 8 and 2 a.m. and p.m. daily.

I’ve just completed my outstanding module(s) and/or the Annual Student Update Form after the deadline, but I still have a SIS block. When will my block be removed?

Access cannot be restored immediately. On weekdays, completion information is recorded at 8 and 2 a.m. and p.m., and based on the information at those times, holds are removed at 5 and 11 a.m. and p.m. After 5 p.m. on Friday, your hold cannot be lifted until mid-morning on Monday. Please plan accordingly. Academic consequences that result from not having access to NetBadge are your sole responsibility.

Can the University’s Help Desk lift my course registration hold?

No, the Help Desk cannot lift your hold. Nor can the Registrar’s Office or your school of enrollment. Your hold can only be lifted as described above.

Who do I contact if I completed the modules and/or the Annual Student Update Form before the deadline and believe I have a course registration hold in error?

Not on Our Grounds Module Questions

Is there a way for students who have experienced past trauma or abuse to request an exemption to the training?

Yes. A student seeking an exemption on such grounds should send an email request to the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@virginia.edu. Specific details are not required to be shared as part of the request.

I already completed the Not on Our Grounds module. Why am I required to complete it again?

All students are required to complete the Not on Our Grounds module every two years. If you have not completed the Not on Our Grounds module since Fall 2015, you are required to complete the module this year.

My To Do List shows that I have to take the Not on Our Grounds module, but it does not show up in my "Current Courses." How do I access the module?

If you are taking a course that you have already enrolled in during a previous academic year (you would see it on your "Past Courses" tab), click "Add a Course" in the top right corner of your dashboard to re-enroll in your required course. Undergraduates should select the "Not on Our Grounds" requirement, and graduate or professional students should select the "Not on Our Grounds Plus" requirement.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Not on Our Grounds module?

For content or policy questions, please contact the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) at TitleIXCoordinator@virginia.edu or 434-297-7988. The third-party vendor providing the Not on Our Grounds module system is EverFi, Inc. EverFi offers 24/7 online support which can be accessed from the content player or by visiting the EverFi website.

Where can I go for additional resources related to Title IX?

Visit the Title IX website for additional information concerning the Policy and resources at the University.

What does it mean to be in “Intersession”? How will I know that I’ve completed the training?

The Not on Our Grounds module has two parts. Part 1 of the training provides the learning content and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. When you have viewed all of the content, your Not on Our Grounds training dashboard will state that you are in “Intersession.” Thirty to forty-five days after completion, you will receive Part 2 via an email sent to you, which consists of a short survey that helps the University evaluate the effectiveness of the training program and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. When both parts are finished, your Not on Our Grounds training dashboard will show a status of “completed.” The conclusion of Part 1 of the training also provides information regarding Part 2. You are only required to complete Part 1.

Alcohol-Wise Module Questions

Why does Alcohol-Wise require me to provide information on my drinking behaviors?

The Alcohol-Wise module provides personalized feedback on health behaviors. Providing participants with a customized drinking profile about alcohol consumption and related risk factors to reduce drinking is an evidence-based practice. Multiple research studies document improved health outcomes using this format as compared to an educational module without personalized feedback.

I don’t drink. Why am I required to take the Alcohol-Wise module?

Even students who do not drink should be aware of the University’s policies and resources. The module demonstrates ways in which you can be influential in addressing this issue and enhancing the safety of our community as well as how you can be an active bystander. You’ll learn how to prevent the harmful effects of alcohol and how to deal effectively with others who are disruptive or in danger.

Implicit Bias Module Questions

Do I have to take the Implicit Association Test (IAT), which is embedded in the module?

No. You may opt out of taking the IAT itself by clicking on the “skip” button on the relevant screen; completing the other parts of the module are required.

All questions and answers below are provided by Project Implicit.

What is an attitude?

An attitude is your evaluation of some concept (e.g., person, place, thing, or idea). An explicit attitude is the kind of attitude that you deliberately think about and report. For example, you could tell someone whether or not you like math. Implicit attitudes are positive and negative evaluations that are much less accessible to our conscious awareness and/or control. Even if you say that you like math (your explicit attitude), it is possible that you associate math with negativity without being actively aware of it. In this case, we would say that your implicit attitude toward math is negative.

What are implicit and explicit stereotypes?

Stereotypes are the belief that most members of a group have some characteristic. Some examples of stereotypes are the belief that women are nurturing or the belief that police officers like donuts. An explicit stereotype is the kind that you deliberately think about and report. An implicit stereotype is one that is relatively inaccessible to conscious awareness and/or control. Even if you say that men and women are equally good at math, it is possible that you associate math more strongly with men without being actively aware of it. In this case we would say that you have an implicit math + men stereotype.

How does the IAT measure implicit attitudes and stereotypes?

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy). The main idea is that making a response is easier when closely related items share the same response key. We would say that one has an implicit preference for straight people relative to gay people if they are faster to complete the task when Straight People + Good / Gay People + Bad are paired together compared to when Gay People + Good / Straight People + Bad are paired together.

What does it mean that my IAT score is labeled 'slight', 'moderate', or 'strong'?

If you respond faster when Flowers + Good / Insects + Bad are paired together compared to when Insects + Good / Flowers + Bad are paired together, we would say that you have an implicit preference for flowers relative to insects. The labels slight, moderate and strong reflect the strength of the implicit preference – how much faster you respond to Flowers + Good / Insects + Bad versus Insects + Good / Flowers + Bad.

What does it mean that my feedback says that there were too many errors to determine a result?

The IAT requires a certain number of correct responses in order to get results. If you made too many errors while completing the test, then you will get the feedback that there were too many errors to determine a result. This is different from the result saying that you show little or no association between concepts.

What does it mean if I take the test more than once and get different results?

Although the IAT is a well-validated measure of implicit attitudes, no test is perfectly accurate and some variation is to be expected. We encourage you to take a test more than once. If you get similar feedback more than once, you can be more certain about the accuracy of your results. If you get somewhat dissimilar feedback two times you can simply average the results. It is somewhat unusual for someone to get very different feedback but, if you do, you can think of your test results as being inconclusive.

Could the result be a function of the order in which I did the two parts?

Yes, the order in which you take the test does have some influence on your overall results. However, the difference is small. So if you first pair Gay People + Bad / Straight People + Good and then pair Gay People + Good / Straight People + Bad, your results might be a tiny bit more negative than they would be if you had done the reverse pairing first. One way that we try to minimize this order effect is by giving more practice trials before the second pairing than we did before the first pairing. It is also important to know that each participant is randomly assigned to an order, so half of test-takers complete Gay People + Bad / Straight People + Good and then Gay People + Good / Straight People + Bad, and the other half of test-takers get the opposite order.

Could the result be a function of handedness or hand-eye coordination?

There is no evidence that handedness influences IAT scores. When thinking about the influence of hand-eye coordination or cognitive ability, keep in mind how the test works. In a gay-straight IAT we measure how long it takes people to categorize items when Gay People + Good / Strait people + Bad are paired together versus when Strait People + Good / Gay people + Bad are paired together. People who have better hand-eye coordination or higher cognitive ability might be generally faster to respond, but there is no reason to think that they would be faster in one category pairing versus the other. For this reason we do not think that hand-eye coordination will influence IAT scores.

Might my preference for one group over the other be due to differences in familiarity with the groups?

Research shows that IAT scores are not influenced by familiarity with the individual items to be categorized. Also, faces used in the IATs here should all be equally unfamiliar to everyone. That said, this is a tough question. Classic research in psychology shows that people tend to like things that they are familiar with. So, there may be a role for familiarity in liking of the categories. But also people avoid things that they don’t like, so it is possible that implicit bias is what leads to unfamiliarity.

Might my preference for one group over another be a simple ingroup preference?

A simple preference for the ingroup might partially explain implicit bias for White respondents, the majority of whom show an implicit preference for White people. However, it is also more than that. For example, about a third of Black participants show an implicit preference for White people relative to Black people which can’t be explained as an ingroup bias. In addition, there are plenty of tests on which people prefer one group or the other even when they do not belong to either group. For example, Asian participants tend to show an implicit preference for White people relative to Black people. In this sense the IAT might also reflect what is learned from a culture that does not regard Black people as highly as White people.

Do black participants show a preference for black over white on the race attitude IAT? Do gay participants show a preference for gay over straight? Do older participants show a preference for old over young?

Results from this website consistently show that members of stigmatized groups (Black people, gay people, older people) tend to have more positive implicit attitudes toward their groups than do people who are not in the group, but that there is still a moderate preference for the more socially valued group. So gay people tend to show an implicit preference for straight people relative to gay people, but it is not as strong as the implicit preference shown by straight people. We think that this is because stigmatized group members develop negative associations about their group from their cultural environments, but also have some positive associations because of their own group membership and that of close others.

 

If my IAT shows that I have an implicit preference for one group over another, does that mean I am prejudiced?

Many people use the word ‘prejudice’ to describe people who report negative attitudes toward social groups. By this definition, most people who show an implicit preference for one group (e.g., White people) over another (e.g., Black people) are not prejudiced. The IAT shows biases that are not necessarily endorsed and that may even be contradictory to what one consciously believes. So, no, we would not say that such people are prejudiced. It is important to know, however, that implicit biases can predict behavior. If we want to treat people in a way that reflects our values, then it is critical to be mindful of hidden biases that may influence our actions.

Where do implicit attitudes come from? Is it me or my culture?

Implicit preferences for majority groups (e.g., White people) are likely common because of strong negative associations with Black people in American society. There is a long history of racial discrimination in the United States, and Black people are often portrayed negatively in culture and mass media. However, even if our attitudes and beliefs come from our culture, they are still in our own minds. Subtle psychological biases of all stripes can influence our behavior if we are not vigilant to their influence.

What can I do about an implicit preference that I don’t want?

It is well-established that implicit preferences can predict behavior. But, there is not yet enough research to say for sure that implicit biases can be reduced, let alone eliminated, or whether implicit bias reduction will lead to behavior change. Therefore, we encourage people not to focus on strategies for reducing implicit preferences, but to focus instead on strategies that deny implicit biases the chance to operate. One such strategy is ensuring that implicit biases don’t leak out in the first place. To do that, you can “blind” yourself from learning a person’s gender, race, etc. when you’re making a decision about them (e.g., having their name removed from the top of a resume). If you only evaluate a person on the things that matter for a decision, then you can’t be swayed by demographic factors. Another strategy is to try to compensate for your implicit preferences. For example, if you have an implicit preference for young people you can try to be friendlier toward elderly people. Although it has not been well-studied, based on what we know about how biases form we also recommend that people consider what gets into their minds in the first place. This might mean, for example, going out of our way to watch television programs and movies that portray women and minority group members in positive or counter-stereotypical ways.

For any questions not answered above, please email module_response@virginia.edu. Every effort will be made to respond to your inquiry within 48 hours, Monday through Friday.