First, congratulations for taking a leadership role in your student organization. It’s a tough job, but it has many benefits that will last for years to come.
The purpose of this toolkit is to make your organization thrive by helping your group’s members avoid problems caused by poor risk-taking related to alcohol.
Because you are a leader you have some responsibility, both morally and legally. This means you need to think about the possibility of things going wrong, like a party that ends in the cops arriving, having to bring someone to the hospital, or someone being seriously hurt or killed. You need to think about the possibility of sexual assault or rape, leaving your organization subject to sanctions and your members—or you—at risk for expulsion or criminal charges.
The possibility is real, and the news headlines are full of examples. But it doesn’t have to happen.
You can lead your group to have fun without excessive intoxication and sexual misconduct, and all the problems that come with those behaviors. And your group can still have a great time with fabulous parties and social interactions.
All you need are the right tools. And now you have them!
Here are instructions for getting your organization started.
To Log In As a New User
New users must create a password to access the Student Leader Dashboard. To create your password:
Student Leader Dashboard
To log in, navigate to the following URL: https://survey.failsafetools.org/admin/login/. Enter your email address and password. If you haven’t yet created a password or you’ve forgotten your password, enter your email address and click on the link under the password field to receive a password reset email.
Using the Student Leader Dashboard
Student leaders have two responsibilities related to the dashboard: adding participants from their organization so they can complete the Member Alcohol Profile, and generating and viewing the aggregated feedback for their organization. Both of these functions are available in the dashboard.
Enter either a phone number or an email address for a given student from your organization. If you provide both, the system will default to sending the participant an email message. Remember to add yourself here!
Participants who are added during an open survey window will immediately receive an invitation to complete the Member Alcohol Profile, and will have a reduced period of time to complete it (from the time of invitation to the end of the survey completion window).
At the top of the right column, you will see the status of the survey window. The options are Window Closed, Window Eligible to Open, and Window Open.
The system will allow a survey window to be opened in the months of September or December in the fall and February or April in the spring. During the months of September, December, February, and April, a “Send invites” button will be displayed. When you click on this button, the survey window will be opened and all participants from your organization will receive an invitation to complete the survey.
Below the status area is a list of participants from your student organization.
Generating Feedback for Your Organization
To generate feedback, select the desired survey window from the drop-down menu, using the window dates to identify the correct window. Then click on “View feedback” to generate the aggregate data for your student organization.
To end your current session, click “Logout” in the header.
Willingness to self-reflect. There’s nothing wrong with you or your leadership skills, and nothing in this toolkit will blame you or preach to you. But you will find it helpful to stay honest and open as you take stock of your group’s norms related to risk-taking and where those norms come from. You may find you’ve contributed to some dangerous norms without realizing it. The aim isn’t to shame or embarrass you, but to help you make some changes to the way you see and interact with members of your group, especially new and potential members.
A clear perspective. The goal of this toolkit is to help your group thrive, not to kill fun social interactions. Chances are that some of your group members won’t be able to hear the difference between decreasing “stupid” risk-taking and giving up what they consider fun. You will need to help the group keep some perspective, reminding them that there’s no reason to stop having great social events and fun times, but there’s every reason to have fun in ways that avoid the problems that come with “stupid” risk-taking.
Some dedicated time and consistent effort. Changing risky and dangerous practices isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll need to devote time (we estimate about 20 hours a semester) and solicit support from other leaders in your organization. Messages about risk-taking need to be consistent and communicated by all the leaders of your group. Don’t give up: you will see changes over the semester, and you’ll experience positive outcomes over time.