USF’s Online Training Wins 2014 Excellence Award for Intervention & Prevention

NASPA set to honor USF’s innovative program at annual conference in Baltimore

SAN FRANCISCO (March 14, 2014)

University of San Francisco’s Think About It, a comprehensive online training program developed to help colleges and universities across the country reduce sexual violence and substance abuse, will be awarded the Gold Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) during the national conference this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. With more than 12,000 members at 1,400 campuses in all 50 states and 25 countries, NASPA is one of the foremost professional associations for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students.

In 2012, USF collaborated with CampusClarity, a service of LawRoom, to produce Think About It, an online science-based course that trains incoming college students for the unique challenges and responsibilities of college life. Topics range from substance abuse, the hookup culture, sexual violence, and self-reflection. The program is required for all incoming college students at USF with the goal of continually creating a socially responsible learning community.

When USF’s Peter Novak was named Vice Provost for Student Life in 2011, he discovered the substance abuse prevention program then being used was not influencing students in the right way. “It seemed the online programs acted as more of a punishment amongst the students than a positive learning experience,” Novak recalled. “By working closely with CampusClarity, we were able to create a contemporary training, both in tone and content, that includes more realistic scenarios and issues facing students now. The positive response from students here at USF and across the country has been phenomenal. We are proud of the number of college and universities implementing Think About It on their campuses.”

Today, 35 colleges and universities across the country have adopted Think About It including public, private, and state schools. An additional 16 schools have purchased Think About It and are slated to implement the program in the coming months. In 2013,Think About It won a Gold Stevie award for Best Training Site at the 11th Annual American Business Awards, recognizing the online training for excellence in design and content.

This weekend’s NASPA Excellence Awards, presented in Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories, recognize excellence in a variety of student affairs and higher education fields. A panel of veteran student affairs professionals selected Think About It for a Gold Excellence Award based on:

  • Impact on student learning
  • Success in addressing student needs
  • Use of innovative and creative methods, practices, or activities
  • Application of available or emerging theoretical models and practical research


Peter Novak will accept the award on behalf of USF, and will also serve as a conference speaker on Monday, March 17 at 10 a.m.. Novak will team with Carol Day of Georgetown University, Cori Planagan from the University of Idaho, and Deeqa Mohammed, a Student Peer Educator at USF, to discuss how campuses can look beyond Title IX, Campus SaVE Act, and Drug Free Schools compliance to implement an interactive, innovative, and highly engaging curriculum that focuses on both sexual violence and alcohol/drug abuse prevention.

Media interested in learning more about Think About It, or to request an interview with USF Vice Provost Peter Novak, please contact Anne-Marie Devine, senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or

About LawRoom and CampusClarity

LawRoom has been a leader in employment law compliance and training since it began in

1994. It has helped 70,000 employers comply with employment law and currently serves more than 23,000 companies. Since 2004, LawRoom has trained more than 3,300 companies, colleges and universities, and other organizations on anti-harassment and related employment law subjects. In 2011, LawRoom partnered with the University of San Francisco to build Think About It, an online harm-reduction course for students on alcohol, drugs, and sexual assault. LawRoom also created CampusClarity, a service dedicated to empowering students and administrators to promote healthier, safer campuses. This year, LawRoom celebrated its 20th Anniversary, having completed more than one million online trainings. For more information, please visit

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and stunning cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit