FYS 3 Part Curriculum
- The first session is called Alcohol Awareness and Harm Reduction and focuses on education about substance use and building skills so students can make healthy choices.
- The second session is called Sexual Misconduct: Pyramid of Harm. This session focuses on educating students about sexual misconduct and healthy relationships, knowing your rights and resources for help, and developing critical thinking skills around issues of healthy sexuality.
- The third session is called Bystander Intervention and involves building intentions and skills around being an active bystander.
Resources for Students
Below is a list of resources that are helpful for students. Each resource is listed by its title first, followed by a brief description of the resource. The titles of each resource are hyperlinked to the digital version (URL) of the resource. You can click the title to access the resource and download, print or view it.
- Be a Blue Hen Friend: Active Bystander Strategies – this chart provides comparative examples of intervention strategies based on the level of risk involved.
- Blue Hens CARE and Intervene – this guide demonstrates ways Blue Hens can protect and look out for each other by being Active Bystanders.
- Help for You or a Friend – this one page document provides information about available campus resources related to substance use, sexual misconduct, and general campus safety.
- Title IX: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities – this two page document provides information about the rights that victims of sexual misconduct have, the reporting responsibilities of people who have witnessed or learned of an incident of sexual misconduct, and resources (both on and off campus) for students who were victimized.
- Sexual Misconduct Resource Card – this double-sided card provides resource information for victims of sexual misconduct, as well as strategies to safely intervene as a bystander.
Resources for Peer Mentors
The curriculum and associated content for the three part Student Wellness and Health Promotion portion of the First Year Seminar was developed by and is the property of Student Wellness and Health Promotion. Any alterations of curriculum and associated materials or use of the aforementioned outside of your role as a Peer Mentor during the First Year Seminar is explicitly forbidden. Content contained within the materials that can be accessed in the public domain (e.g. videos and statistics) can be used freely. For more information, please contact Student Wellness and Health Promotion at 302-831-3457.
Things to Remember:
- The sessions must be presented in order.
- Check your audio-visuals in the class before starting the presentation.
- You can find the printable instructions for each class in the shared drive.
- Know your reporting responsibilities and familiarize yourself with the email materials, should you need them.
Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Meghan Biery.
Resources for Faculty and Staff
The three wellness sessions cover topics integral to students’ well being and success on campus and beyond. They are presented by Peer Mentors in FYS courses each fall; faculty are not present for these sessions so as to encourage greater participation and efficacy of peer-to-peer education. If you have questions about Peer Mentors, please direct them to Meghan Biery at email@example.com. For questions about the content of these sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Information for FYS Instructors
These sessions have been designed to be presented in order, as the materials build upon information from prior sessions, and should be scheduled early in the semester. We encourage you to check in with your class and your Peer Mentor after the sessions to help them reflect and reinforce their learning and awareness of resources:
- Ask your students to jot down key points of learning on index cards for each session.
- Boost their awareness of resources by referring to them in connection to other topics you may present in class.
- Create an online discussion in Canvas about their learning.
- Your Peer Mentor will be completing a self-reflection rubric about their teaching experience for these sessions. You can ask to discuss that with them.
If you are not an FYS instructor but are interested in this material, our office offers several programs that cover similar issues. Please see our Program Request tab for more information.