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Bystander Intervention

New Bystander Intervention Program 

The University of Chicago has long been committed to taking the necessary steps to prevent and address sexual misconduct in our community, maintaining a campus environment that is safe and welcoming for everyone, and providing a setting where students thrive personally and academically.

To further intervention and campus-wide advocacy, in Winter Quarter the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support, inclusive of the Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention Programming Center, will launch Bringing in the Bystander, a nationally recognized evidence-based and highly interactive program that, building upon previous bystander intervention trainings we have conducted, teaches a community responsibility approach to safely intervene in situations that involve, or are at risk for, sexual violence. The program also helps bystanders build transferrable skills to intervene in other concerning situations, including those involving alcohol, drugs, mental health concerns, and other forms of discriminatory harassment.

We encourage all students, including graduate and professional students, to participate in a Bringing in the Bystander open-campus workshop hosted by Peer Educators in the Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention Programming Center. Information about the workshops is available here. If you would like to have a workshop hosted for a specific group, community, Registered Student Organization, or academic department, you can make such a request here.

For any questions you may have about the Bringing in the Bystander program, please contact Vickie Sides, Associate Director of Prevention Initiatives and Programming, Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support.


Non-discrimination Statement

In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). For additional information regarding the University of Chicago’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, please see:

The University official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Nondiscrimination is Bridget Collier, Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity Programs. Ms. Collier also serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action Officer, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator. You may contact Ms. Collier by emailing, by calling 773.702.5671, or by writing to Bridget Collier, Office of the Provost, The University of Chicago, 5525 S. Ellis Ave., Suite B, Chicago, IL 60637.

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