Violence Prevention Hold

What You Should Know

Violence prevention education is an integral part of the culture of care at the University of Florida. The violence prevention hold requires all incoming students to complete a course on violence prevention. The goal of this course is to help students make healthy decisions and promote a positive and safe culture on and off-campus. This is a one-time hold applied to students’ records after they register for their first term.  It is a requirement for all UF students.


Violence Prevention Course

These interactive courses provide incoming Gators with the language and skills to cultivate healthier relationships and prevent interpersonal violence. The training explores the challenges and responsibilities of college life and addresses the interconnection between drug and alcohol abuse, decision-making, and sexual violence. It encourages students to reflect critically on the personal beliefs, social norms, and cultural pressures that enable high-risk behaviors. It also provides students with foundational context to articulate healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors.


Who Needs to Take These Courses?

All incoming students, undergraduate and graduate, are required to complete the assigned Violence Prevention course. This is a requirement for all students regardless of whether they are engaging in online or on-campus instruction. These courses are assigned based on degree attainment upon entering the university.

Students who have not yet attained their bachelor’s degree will be assigned to the undergraduate course, Voices for Change.

Access the Undergraduate Course

Students who have attained a bachelor’s degree will be assigned to the graduate-level course, Graduate Student Upstanders.

Access the Graduate Course

Each course incorporates bystander intervention, campus policies, behavioral expectations, and information critical to the prevention of relationship violence.


How Do I Access These Courses?

You will be automatically added to the course once you are enrolled in your first semester. You will be able to access the course in Canvas.

To navigate to the course in Canvas go to the “Courses” button on the left menu. Click “All Courses” to view every course for which you are registered. The Violence Prevention course that you have been assigned will appear here.


How Long Will The Course Take?

The undergraduate course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

The graduate-level course will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.


What is the Deadline for Completion?

To register for your second semester, you must complete the assigned course. Please note that the hold takes up to 24-hours to clear after course completion.


How Do I Clear the Hold After Completing the Course?

After you complete the interactive module in Step 2, you must navigate to Step 3 to finalize your course completion. Once you click on the link provided in Step 3, your hold will be cleared within 24-hours.


What if I Still Have Questions?

If you have trouble with the course content or have additional questions, please contact the Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity at


What if I Have Technical Issues using Canvas or GatorLink?

Canvas recommends using Chrome whenever using their site for the best performance.

You will need to log in to Canvas with your GatorLink account. If you have trouble with your GatorLink or Canvas please contact the UF Help Desk at (352) 392-HELP (4357) or email