Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to complete these programs?
Guided by the university’s Jesuit tradition of Cura Personalis — caring for the whole person — Georgetown is deeply committed to the health, well-being, and ultimate success of all our students. Because of this, certain topics are so important to creating a safe and supportive environment at Georgetown that the university has created a series of mandatory courses, including Binge Thinking!, Sexual Violence Prevention, and Bringing in the Bystander, to cover them during your time here at Georgetown.
I do not recognize the company names for these programs. Are they legitimate companies?
Yes. Georgetown University has partnered with Catharsis (Binge Thinking!) and Vector Solutions (Sexual Violence Prevention) to provide these interactive and evidence-based programs. You will receive course updates and reminder emails from these companies, and you may see their names throughout the courses.
Who is required to take the courses?
All incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students are required to complete the mandatory courses.
I received the course invitation email in error. I am a transfer student, not a first-year student.
If you received the course invitation and you are a transfer student, it is likely because you recently transferred to Georgetown and this is your first year at the university. The mandate applies to all first-year students, including first-year transfer students, even IF a recently transferred student is now a sophomore, junior or senior. If you are new to Georgetown, you are required to take all three courses.
I am a transfer student and/or I completed the same or a similar course at my previous institution. Do I have to complete this program?
Yes. All incoming students, including transfer students, are required to take all three courses, even if the same course or a similar course was taken at a different institution. Each course has been customized to include important content and resources that are specific to Georgetown University – content that is not included in courses you may have taken elsewhere.
I am a survivor of sexual assault and would like support before/during this training or am worried it may be triggering for me.
You can email a confidential resource in Health Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with support, learn more about the course content, or to ask for an exemption from the course. Note: This confidential email is only for those who have specific questions/requests regarding the sensitive nature of the content. For all other questions, email SAPreventionOnlineTraining@georgetown.edu.
What happens if I don’t complete the courses?
Failure to complete the courses by the designated deadlines will result in a “Hold” on your account, preventing you from registering for future classes.
How long are the courses?
- Bringing in the Bystander – 2 hours
- Binge Thinking! – 45 minutes
- Sexual Violence Prevention – 60 minutes
Do I have to complete all of the courses in one sitting?
It is strongly encouraged that you complete each training in one sitting to avoid losing your progress. Some courses MAY save your progress if you close and reopen the course, but this depends on various factors including your computer settings. To be on the safe side and to avoid having to redo course modules, set aside enough time to complete each course in one sitting.
When is the deadline to complete the three mandatory courses?
- Bringing in the Bystander – This in-person training ONLY has three sessions available: 1/18, 1/20 and 1/21. Due to the limited availability, sessions are anticipated to fill quickly. Sign up early to secure your spot! Do not wait until the last minute as additional sessions will likely not be offered.
- Binge Thinking! – Sunday, January 22 at 11:59 pm
- Sexual Violence Prevention – Sunday, January 22 at 11:59 pm
Do I have to send my completion certificates to you in order to receive credit for taking each course?
No. Once you have completed each course, there’s nothing else you need to do. Georgetown will regularly receive information about who has completed the courses.
How do I sign up for the courses?
To take each course, simply click on the respective link below. For the bystander training, you will sign up for an in-person session at a time that works best for you.
What if I experience technical difficulties?
Please see our Technical Difficulties page for solutions to common problems and to get contact information for our technical support teams.
What if I need to reschedule my Bringing in the Bystander in-person training?
If you have extenuating circumstances and need to inquire about rescheduling your session, click the “Contact the Organizer” link found in your original registration confirmation email. It will allow you to send a message about the reason for rescheduling and the program administrator will follow up with you. **Please note that it may be very difficult to reschedule if other sessions are at capacity, so please make sure the date you sign up for works for you.
What if I have additional questions?
If you have general questions regarding the courses and/or the mandate, email SAPreventionOnlineTraining@georgetown.edu.
For those who have specific questions/requests regarding the sensitive nature of the Sexual Violence Prevention course, email email@example.com.
Please note: All questions should be directed to SAPreventionOnlineTraining@georgetown.edu. This confidential email (firstname.lastname@example.org) is only for those who have specific questions/requests regarding the sensitive nature of the content.