Life Skills for Student Success

Overview

Welcome, new Bull! 

As part of our commitment to your success, we provide engaging educational tutorials to help you with your transition to college. Areas that may present challenges revolve around money management, alcohol, and your personal health and safety. We are pleased to introduce you to Life Skills for Student Success, our online educational program, to help you take a closer look at these issues in college. 

You must earn a score of 80% or higher in each module (with the exception of Haven, which is not scored and must simply be completed) by the deadline to successfully fulfill this first-year student requirement; failure to do so may affect your ability to register for classes next semester. All information that you provide is confidential.

The Life Skills for Student Success tutorial consists of the following modules:

AlcoholEdu for College
As part of the university's alcohol education program, incoming first-year students are required to complete an online, non-opinionated alcohol education module. AlcoholEdu for College uses science-based research to educate about alcohol and its effects. Whether you drink or not, the course will provide information to help you make informed decisions about alcohol as well as negotiate the drinking behavior of your peers. Remember, all information you provide is confidential.

The module consists of two parts, both of which must be completed to satisfy this requirement. Once you have completed Part 1, you will receive a notification email 24 hours later that it is time to take Part 2; it will not be accessible before that time.

Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault 
USF is committed to promoting a safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff. In addition to a robust University Police department, mobile personal safety applications, and numerous programs and services on campus to inform and protect you, we also provide the Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault program for sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking awareness. The U.S. federal government mandates that all new students take this training so that you understand the State of Florida definitions of these crimes, bystander intervention, risk reduction techniques, plus additional information.

The training consists of a two-part module: Part 1 takes about 45 minutes and Part 2 takes about 15 minutes on average to complete. Both parts of the module need to be completed in order to satisfy this federal mandate. Keep in mind that you can save the training as you go so you can stop and start the training as you need to. There is a lot of good information in the program, so please take your time and learn all you can for your own safety and that of your current and future friends.

Kognito: At-Risk for Students
USF understands the importance of all aspects of health, including mental wellbeing. With increasing awareness of the impact of mental health on college students USF is providing you with the opportunity to complete Kognito. As a student you may encounter challenging situations, and we want to provide you with the background and tools to successfully navigate them. Kognito will provide you with the skills to be able to have tough conversations in everyday life and help you recognize ways you can improve the social, emotional, and physical health of the USF community.

For AlcoholEdu for College, Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault, and Kognito: At-Risk for Students email lifeskills@usf.edu.

Academic Integrity Tutorial
This required module is designed to prepare you for your academic work at USF and beyond with basic understanding about the need for integrity in all areas of scholarship and research. Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida's commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its university community. This tutorial defines and explains the Academic Integrity Policies for our undergraduate students.

The tutorial consists of five modules that each finish with a quiz. After working through the modules, please be certain to take and submit the quizzes for credit completing this tutorial. For more information, check out the answers to these frequently asked questions.

Financial Literacy 101
This module will help you understand the consequences of spending decisions while in college, and how financial attitudes and behaviors can contribute to your success as a student. The content of the course is personalized based on your survey responses regarding financial stress and spending habits. The course will cover budgeting, banking, credit, and more, while providing you with practical tools for real-world financial planning.

Please note that, even though you will be presented with a certificate of completion upon finishing the course, regardless of the score you earn, the certificate does not automatically mean you have satisfied the Life Skills for Student Success requirement.

Completion of all four modules takes approximately seven hours; thus, we strongly encourage you to not delay in fulfilling this requirement. We believe that you will find the information presented through this online educational program to be helpful in your transition to and success as a student at USF.

Have questions?  For AlcoholEdu for College and Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault, email lifeskills@usf.edu. For Academic Integrity Tutorial, email academicintegrity@usf.edu or call 813-974-4051. For Financial Literacy 101, email B2B@usf.edu.