United Educators' Impressions
Company: United Educators, Bethesda, MD
Company Description: For more than 30 years, United Educators (UE) has protected educational institutions with our liability coverage, targeted risk management resources and expert claims handling. All UE members have access to EduRisk®, an extensive suite of risk management resources, including multimedia learning courses, created to help prevent bad things from occurring on school campuses.
Nomination Category: New Product & Service Categories - Education
Nomination Sub Category: New Product or Service of the Year - Education - Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas
Nomination Title: United Educators' Impressions
Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 650 words). Describe its function, features, benefits, and performance to date:
A recent survey of 27 U.S. universities reported that one in four female college students and 1 in 16 male students have been sexually assaulted. Add to that the fact that victims of sexual and relationship violence often face serious physical and mental health issues. To help change these disturbing numbers, United Educators has created Impressions. This online course helps college students recognize sexual assault—what it is, how to prevent it, and how to report it. Impressions also informs learners about support resources, both on and off campus. The course was developed to help schools meet training obligations under Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act and is meant to complement other prevention efforts.
Impressions is anchored by a video-based narrative about a group of college students who are affected by an assault situation. “The Hook-Up” details each step in an assault investigation, from first reporting through adjudication and sentencing. The videos describe the critical roles faculty and staff play during each phase of the investigation.
Impressions also details how to handle difficult and commonly misunderstood subjects, such as how bystanders can play a part in preventing assaults, the role that drugs and alcohol play in instances of sexual assault, and what it means to truly have clear and enthusiastic consent.
Featuring engaging scenarios and a modern graphic look and feel (to better connect with younger audiences), Impressions explores how to support friends and colleagues who are victims of sexual assault. The course also examines how colleges and universities, as communities, can make the best decisions to prevent assault before it occurs. This is done by fostering a “culture of care” through which everyone (faculty, students, and staff), can produce their best work. From recognizing warning signs of abusive behavior, to intervening when the situation warrants, to supporting a friend who has been assaulted, everyone has a part to play in keeping their campus safe.
After completing Impressions, students are better equipped to:
-Identify the warning signs of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking
-Recognize the importance of reporting, whether as a victim or an agent of the university, and
-Actively contribute to the culture of care at their institutions.
Since its release, Impressions has registered more than 6,600 completions at 33 separate higher education institutions. Through learner feedback, students have reported that they’ve already had opportunities to use the information from this course, both to inform others and to defend themselves from potentially dangerous situations.
In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief features and benefits of the nominated product or service:
-Designed specifically for first-year college students
-Features engaging scenarios and a modern graphic look and feel
-Uses clear, easy-to-understand concepts and language
-Assists schools to meet training obligations under Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act
-Helps learners recognize the warning signs of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking
-Examines how bystanders can play a part in preventing assaults -Focuses on the role that drugs and alcohol play in instances of sexual assault
-Discusses what consent is, and what it isn’t