At Colgate, we encourage our community members to engage in active bystander behaviors by intervening in problematic situations.

 

All of us witness problematic or potentially dangerous situations at some point during our lives. Active bystanders intervene in those situations to help improve the outcome. We encourage all Colgate community members to be active bystanders when they feel they have the ability and safety to intervene to help keep the Colgate community safe. 

In order to teach students and other community members the tools to be an active bystander, we offer trainings which run for approximately 1.5 hours each and explore various situations in which folks may find themselves. These programs are led by student facilitators who have been specially trained. 

We currently offer trainings on the following topic areas:

  • Alcohol use
  • Bullying
  • COVID-19/Commitment to Community Health
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Hazing
  • Sexual violence 1.0 (required for all first year student during their fall semester)
  • Sexual violence 2.0

Get Training

To request a program, to become a Bystander Intervention Facilitator, or for more information:

Email wellness@colgate.edu Meet the bystander intervention facilitators

Intervention Methods for Active Bystanders

Direct

Directly intervening, in the moment, to prevent a problematic situation from occurring

Example

Your behavior is not OK, and you need to stop.


Delegate

Seeking help from another individual that you trust to intervene or help you intervene

Example

Can you check on them? I want them to be safe.


Distract

Interrupt the situation without directly confronting; divert attention away from the situation

Example

I need your help with something. Will you come with me?


Document

Work with a trusted official to file a report or file an anonymous report online.

Example

I'm going to report the incident online at www.colgate.edu/concern.


Delay

After the incident is over, check in on the people involved in the problematic situation.

Example

I wanted to check in after what happened. How are you?


For more information, contact the Shaw Wellness Institute.