Navigating Health and Safety
As a component of Brandeis' Health, Wellness, and Life Skills Core curriculum requirement, all new undergraduate students must complete Navigating Health and Safety in their first semester.
Navigating Health and Safety is an important step in understanding our values and learning skills to live our mission in daily life as a positive member of the Brandeis social scene. It provides important information about mental health, alcohol, cannabis, sexual health, consent and sexual misconduct, and is designed to support students in informed decision-making. Students will build confidence and resiliency by learning how to establish productive mind and body habits, set personal boundaries, deal with difficult situations, use campus resources, and support their peers.
Failure to complete the Navigating Health and Safety requirement may result in a student account hold, preventing a student from registering for classes and adding/dropping courses.
HWL 1-PRE What Would Brandeis Do? Supporting Community Health and Safety
- This is a pre-arrival mandatory training: All new undergraduate students must complete the What Would Brandeis Do? Supporting Community Health and Safety (WWBD) online training before arriving on campus for their first semester.
- WWBD is a prerequisite for HWL 1 Navigating Health and Safety; it must be completed in order to pass HWL 1.
- Students will be automatically enrolled in HWL 1-PRE by the registrar, and will be notified via email when the training launches in August (fall admits) or December (spring admits).
- This training will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.
HWL 1 Navigating Health and Safety
- Navigating Health and Safety is a six-week, non-credit course that all incoming Brandeis students must complete within their first semester.
- Students must register for this class on Workday prior to the start of the fall semester.
- It is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students who do not pass HWL 1 will need to retake the class.
HWL 1-PRE What Would Brandeis Do?
August 1, 2023
HWL 1-PRE What Would Brandeis Do? becomes available for fall admits on LATTE, our Learning and Teaching Technology Environment online platform.
August 21, 2023
Deadline for fall admits to complete HWL 1-PRE What Would Brandeis Do? on LATTE
HWL 1 Navigating Health and Safety
New students must use Workday to register for a section of HWL 1 Navigating Health and Safety in either Module 1 or Module 2 of their first semester.
Need help logging in?
Students will receive instructions in an email announcement, which contains a link to and instructions for the training in LATTE, our Learning and Teaching Technology Environment online platform.
Go to LATTE and login using your Brandeis UNET ID and password. This training will be on your LATTE dashboard and take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. Your progress will be saved, so you do not need to complete it in one sitting.
For technical assistance, the Brandeis University Technology Help Desk is open:
- Monday-Thursday – 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Friday – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday – 1-5 p.m.
You can call them at 781-736-HELP (4357) or email at email@example.com.
Your Role in Your Student's Health & Safety
While we are committed to supporting student success, we also understand that families are the first line of defense against alcohol and drug misuse and abuse. We hope to enlist your support in our efforts to combat alcohol and drug abuse, as well as sexual and relationship violence. We ask that you discuss your expectations and Brandeis community standards with your student, with regard to not only their own health, safety, and quality of life, but that of their fellow students as well.
To support you in supporting your student, we have included an online resource for parents and families (PDF). This resource provides basic information to share with your student, as well as discussion questions and tips for starting the conversation.
A Teaching Opportunity for Brandeis Staff
Welcome new undergraduate students to campus as a Navigating Health and Safety Instructor! Instructors teach sections of Navigating Health and Safety, a six-week module required for all new/incoming undergraduate students addressing mental health, substance use, sexual health, consent, bystander intervention and campus resources.
This position is designed for current Brandeis employees. It provides the opportunity to connect with new students and have fun doing it! Most instructors will teach in person, although there may be some opportunities to teach remotely.
The 50-minute classes are held once per week, either during business hours or in the evening depending on your availability and your supervisor's approval. In the classroom, instructors lead discussions and facilitate engaging group activities. There is no lecturing!
This teaching position is posted each spring for the following fall semester. When posted, you can apply via Workday. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
New students will be automatically enrolled in HWL 1-PRE over the summer, and the course will become available on August 1, 2022.
New students must register for a section of HWL 1 Navigating Health and Safety in Workday. They can choose to take this during Module 1 or Module 2 of their first semester.
What Would Brandeis Do? takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete and can be taken in segments. Students will have access to the program 24 hours a day and can complete the course at their own pace before scheduled deadlines.
What Would Brandeis Do? has quizzes that the students must pass to progress through the course. A score of 100% or higher is required to progress through each module. Should students not pass, they will be required to retake the quiz until they achieve a passing score and finish the final survey. They have unlimited attempts to pass the quizzes.
What Would Brandeis Do? is considered a prerequisite to HWL-1 Navigating Health and Safety; if a student fails to completeWhat Would Brandeis Do? they will not be able to pass HWL-1 and will be forced to retake the class until they pass.
Failure to complete What Would Brandeis Do? and HWL-1 Navigating Health and Safety may result in a student account hold, preventing the student from registering for classes and adding/dropping courses.
Yes. Transfer students are still required to take What Would Brandeis Do? at Brandeis even if they’ve taken a similar course at their previous institution. Brandeis’ program has information and resources specific to Brandeis that are important for transfer students to learn.
All first year Brandeis students need to complete the course. Students who do not drink may still be impacted by alcohol use in the college environment. What Would Brandeis Do? provides students with important information regarding coping with potential drinking behavior of their peers and intervening to help someone in the event of an alcohol-related medical emergency.
We ask that you consider all the possibilities for accessing a computer. The course is also accessible via mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. A friend or family member may be willing to let you use their computer, tablet, or phone for this purpose. Also, many local libraries have computers available with internet access.
If it is not possible to access a computer with the necessary technical capabilities, students will be granted an extension so that they can complete the training when they arrive on campus. Students should contact email@example.com for an extension.
Any students who have safety concerns about completing this training at home are encouraged to request an extension so that they can complete the training when they arrive on campus. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an extension.
Though this generally has not been an issue for international students, any with concerns are encouraged to request an extension so that they can complete the training when they arrive in the U.S./on campus. Students should contact email@example.com for an extension.
Alcohol and Other Drug Use
As you well know, alcohol and other drug use is a significant issue for students in both high school and college, and a presence throughout our lives. While drinking alcohol and using cannabis under 21 years of age is illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we realize that many students will choose to drink or use cannabis before they turn 21. Because high-risk drinking and drug use affects academic, interpersonal, social, and residential life in significant ways, we continue to direct extensive effort toward preventing high-risk drinking and substance abuse at Brandeis.
Brandeis is committed to the prevention of all forms of interpersonal violence, and What Would Brandeis Do? is designed to address the critical issues of consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention. These are issues that affect college students in the United States and throughout the world, and Brandeis is no exception. Brandeis is invested in the development of a caring community that demonstrates respect and compassion for its members.