All undergraduate students are required to be trained in bystander intervention skills. We offer booster sessions throughout the semester and offer tailored sessions for graduate students, staff, and faculty. The workshop uses real-world examples to explore factors that promote or impede bystanders from helping. Participants brainstorm strategies for intervening effectively when they witness situations where help may be needed. Situational examples focus on addressing racist actions, harassment, predatory behavior, and interpersonal violence, but the skills taught can apply to a wide range of problematic situations encountered in our community.
Since the Effective Bystander Training course was launched in 2009, we have conducted post-session evaluations that have helped us to refine and expand the information covered in the course. After the majority of students have completed the training, we invite them to participate in a survey that measures program efficacy, program liking, and helping attitudes.
Fall 2020 was the first year that we offered bystander training through an online course. The data were very positive and comparable to previous years when students attended in-person sessions.
Review the 2020 Bystander Skills Assessment Data for incoming undergraduate students.
Review the 2019 Bystander Skills Assessment Data for incoming undergraduate students.