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An Active Bystander Training Program

An active bystander is a person who stands up for the well-being and safety of others and who stands up against oppressive or insensitive acts, words, phrases, gestures, and conversations. Active bystanders help to foster a prosocial community that empowers each individual to challenge those things that may be harmful toward others. How do you become an active bystander? REACT!

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When we say REACT, we back it up with some clear descriptions of how to do so.

R=Recognize the situation

Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice a potentially dangerous situation, don't ignore it. Make an effort to see what is going on and look for red flags.

E=Engage peers

Make those around you aware of the situation. Enlist and encourage peers to help you intervene. Call emergency personnel if the situation appears at all dangerous. 


Assume personal responsibility for the situation. It is your business. It is important to NOT wait around for other people to notice or assume that others will help if you do not.

C=Create a plan

Think of possible solutions to the problem. Strategize, be creative. Choose the best option and act. Remember that your safety remains a priority.

T=Take action

Implement the plan you created. Unless there is immediate personal danger, do not leave the situation until it has been resolved and everyone is safe.


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Stop bias and bullying

Our campus is no place for bias and bullying behavior, and we need the help of all students to be ready and willing to jump in and respond to these negative behaviors if they witness them. Find out how to get the tools to do so.

Not on our campus
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Stand UP to depression

We can all experience times of feeling down, but that little voice that tells you someone you know or love is in a deep depression and needs help is right--listen to that voice. Be the help they need.

Be the hand that helps
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Stand Up to alcohol abuse

Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Your knowledge for yourself or intervening for a friend or stranger can be lifesaving.

Know the risks
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Stand Up to violence

Standing Up to prevent or stop interpersonal violence is all of our responsibility, and this training can give you the skills and confidence to know how to safely and effectively intervene if you witness an unsafe situation.

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