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Bystander Intervention

Bringing in the Bystander

A bystander, or witness, is someone who sees a situation, but may not know what to do, may think others will act, or may be afraid to step up. Bystander education programs teach potential witnesses safe and positive ways they can act to prevent or intervene when there is risk for sexual or relationship violence. At the University of Chicago, we utilize Bringing in the Bystander. This is a nationally recognized evidence-based program to increase participant’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about effective responses to sexual misconduct. Bringing in the Bystander is highly interactive and uses a community responsibility approach that teaches bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where sexual violence may be occurring or where there may be risk that it will occur. This program helps participants build the skills to safely intervene when appropriate. Those skills would be transferable to other concerning situations, including alcohol, drugs, mental health, other forms of discriminatory harassment, etc. To request this or any other educational session, please click here. For additional questions/concerns about this program, please contact Vickie Sides, Associate Director of Prevention Initiatives and Programming.


Bringing in the Bystander Open Campus Workshops

Starting 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 teaches bystanders a community responsibility approach to safely intervene in situations that involve, or are at risk for, sexual violence. We will be offering two open campus workshops during Winter Quarter that will be available for any and all students, inclusive of graduate and professional student populations.

Upcoming Bringing in the Bystander Open Campus Workshops

  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Stuart 102, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
    Location: Library Lounge, Ida Noyes, 1212 E. 59th St. 
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: McCormick-Tribune Lounge, Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave.


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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