Bystander Intervention Resources

Bystander intervention is the act of stepping in where there is a problem, rather than assuming someone else will help. Located on this page are resources to help train and educate our campus community on helping behaviors.

Bystander intervention aims to prevent various types of violence, harassment, and discrimination including bullying, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and relationship violence.

When you see something that you think is not right, say something, do something and/or get someone’s attention to help prevent violence.You should feel empowered to take action whenever you feel uncomfortable with another student's conduct, or when you see that another student may be subject to emotional or physical harm.

Campus community members engaging in “bystander interventions” such as these are discouraged from putting themselves or others in harm's way, and are not being asked to be judgmental of others. Instead, bystander intervention involves noticing a potentially harmful situation, and then saying or doing something safe and positive to defuse it. This applies to all forms of prohibited sexual conduct as well.

Taking action may be as simple as approaching a fellow student at a party (particularly if they might have had too much to drink, or is receiving potentially unwanted or inappropriate attention from another individual) and asking if they are alright or getting them to a safe place.

It also might be as simple as taking a fellow friend or colleague aside and letting them know that their conduct might be disrespecting the other individual, or that it could result in negative consequences for both of them. Bystanders have the power to stop abuse and to get help for people who have been victimized. Not only can you stop someone from inappropriate actions but also say something to reject offensive or derogatory remarks, including sexist or racist jokes.

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