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  • If you see someone in a situation that they appear to not want to be in, ask if they are okay or if you can help
  • If you see someone engaging in behavior that seems inappropriate, tell them to stop


  • Call University staff, coach, or RA to step in
  • Tell the friends of the people you see in trouble to help in getting them out
  • Tell the friends of the person engaging in inappropriate behavior to help their friend not engage in behavior they may regret
  • Gather one or more of your friends to help. There is strength in numbers


  • Invite one or both people to come with you to another room or to go do an activity so you break up the potentially harmful situation
  • Do something to draw attention to yourself 
  • You can always follow up with Direct or Delegate later




What is Bystander Intervention?


Bystander Intervention gives us safe and positive options to intervene in a situation where harm may occur. 

To engage in bystander intervention, we must:

1. Recognize a situation of potential harm 

2. Understand our barriers to intervention and how we can overcome or work around these barriers

3. Identify safe an effective intervention options using the 3 Ds

4. Take Action to Intervene


We offer bystander intervention annually or by request to help our community learn these skills. Everyone can be an active bystander to help us prevent gender-based violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking) on our campus! To find out more information about our next Bystander Intervention training, contact Bernadette Ramsden at


Bernadette Ramsden, LSW
Violence Against Women Act Grant Coordinator
(630) 829-1326

Tammy Sarver, Ph.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Professor, Political Science
Scholl Hall, Room 228L
(630) 829-6473