Bystander Intervention and Prevention Education

Bystander Intervention Education

UNA is facilitating bystander intervention discussions throughout campus including resident assistant training, recognized student organizations leadership training, Greek new member education, and more.  Anyone who would like to request a facilitator to foster further discussion on bystander intervention, go to

Being an Active Bystander

As a member of the UNA community, students have the ability to take action to prevent or intervene a potentially harmful situation. A bystander is any person who notices a behavior or situation that could lead to something bad, and are faced with the choice to help, do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior.  An active bystander is any person who does something to decrease the likelihood that something bad will occur or get worse.  As an active bystander, there are positive and safe ways to prevent or intervene when there is a risk of behaviors such as discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or any other type of behavior that could occur on a college campus. 

UNA wants to be on the forefront when it comes to educating our students on what it means to be an active bystander.  Bystander intervention education will be provided throughout the academic year.  In the meantime, students are encouraged to:

  1. Recognize behaviors that might be high risk for violence or harm.
  2. Attempt to help, but keep yourself safe. Methods of intervention may include:
    1. Checking in with the person to see if he/she is OK or needs help,
    2. Creating a distraction,
    3. Creating a delay, and/or,
    4. Calling for help.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) - The UNA Police offers a Rape Aggression Defense class to students.