New alcohol, sexual assault prevention program gets ‘inclusive’ with Voices for Change

Haley Hamiliton, then sophomore in elementary education, reads instructions for the ASAP course training program in Goodnow Hall. K-State's Alcohol & Sexual Assault Prevention looks a little different this year as it comes from a new vendor. (Archive Photo by Diamond Sampson | Collegian Media Group)

Fall 2020 brings a new semester at Kansas State, and a new look for the Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention program. The ASAP program was turned over to a new vendor — Get Inclusive: Voices for Change.

The program is a federally mandated requirement for colleges that issue student financial assistance.

“[The] contract with our previous vendors was ending, and the committee looking at new options liked the product Get Inclusive offered the best,” Laurel Moody, assistant dean in the Office of Student Life, said.

In previous years, the program was a requirement for all enrolled K-State students to complete annually. Due to recent changes in protocol, completion of the new program is only required during a student’s first semester at K-State.

For students under the age of 21, there is an alcohol and substance use module in addition to the consent module. For those over the age of 21, the consent module is the only one required.

“The program is designed to educate students on the campus-wide policy surrounding identity and inclusion, consent and sexual violence, alcohol and other drugs and hazing and bullying,” Jessica Blasi, alcohol and other drug education director at Lafene Health Center, said. “With awareness and education, students can navigate how to respond to situations that may arise on campus and become familiar with resources that are available on campus.”

While the program cannot prevent every incident it seeks to address on campus, Paige Huggins, sophomore in elementary education, said, she hopes it will raise awareness about the issues.

“I think that the training teaches people at the moment, but unfortunately, cannot always prevent every incident,” Huggins said. “I hope that it will teach students about signs [of] alcohol poisoning, as well as bring awareness to sexual assault and how we can all make a difference to prevent it.”