Bystander Intervention

Title IX

What is a Bystander?

A bystander is an individual who notices a behavior or situation that could lead to something bad. Bystanders are then faced with the choice to help, do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior. 

What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander Intervention involves developing the awareness, skills, and courage needed to intervene in a situation when another individual needs help. Being an active bystander can send powerful messages about what is acceptable behavior in our community.

How to Intervene: The 5-Step Decision Making Model

  1. Notice the Event
  2. Interpret it as a Problem
  3. Assume Personal Responsibility 
  4. Know How to Help: The Three D's
    1. Direct: Step in when something doesn't look right. Share your concerns and offer assistance. 
    2. Delegate: Get others to assist with the situation, call for help from Campus Safety or a CF.
    3. Distract: Divert attention from the situation, allowing those at risk to move to safety. 
  5. Step Up 

For more information on Bystander Intervention, contact the Peer Assistants at 507-933-7169; or online at

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