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Oct 4, 2012 3:14 PM by Phil Buck - KPAX News

No major changes planned for UM's PETSA program

MISSOULA- Students and teachers now six weeks into Fall semester at the University of Montana, and campus leaders have already gotten quite a bit of feedback on the university's new sexual assault awareness program.

Personal Empowerment Through Self-Awareness (PETSA), walks students through a series of videos followed by a compulsory quiz. Students must pass the quiz in order to register for classes, however some have taken issue with the wording of some its questions.

While PETSA will undergo a review and evaluation process like every other course offered at UM, its authors say they don't plan on making any major changes.

"In terms of basic message, I don't that's going to change. Our goals are pretty clear and that is that we are going to impact everybody's knowledge about this topic and I think it does a pretty good job on that," UM School of Social Work associate professor Danielle Wozniak explained.

University officials plan to use a team of faculty, staff, students and national experts to evaluate, and look at ways to improve, the program. They will also take into account the feedback collected from people who have taken the test this semester.

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