Be an active bystander. Protect our pride.

Whether it’s a friend who’s drinking too much or a teammate using hurtful language, we’ve all been in situations that make us uncomfortable. But it can be difficult to speak up–especially if others are around. We may tell ourselves things like, “If no one else is worried, then I shouldn’t worry either.”

  • Last year, we surveyed* Springfield College students and discovered:
  • 92 percent had witnessed a time when someone was drinking too much
  • 65 percent heard someone using hurtful or derogatory language
  • 34 percent saw a friend experiencing emotional distress or thoughts of suicide
  • 24 percent witnessed hazing
  • 20 percent witnessed someone at risk for a sexual assault

These are things that affect us all. When we protect our pride through bystander intervention, we do something about these situations. And, we can do it together. We have people who can help and services to support our students in spirit, mind, and body.

All you have to do is take the first step.

*As reported on the Bystander Intervention Baseline Survey, May 2015. Data reported includes students who said they witnessed the situation very often, often, or occasionally.

We express our appreciation to the University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program for allowing us to use modified versions of their STEP UP! Program content in this Springfield College campus initiative.

What is Bystander Intervention?

When we protect our pride, we are acting within a psychological theory called bystander intervention. Bystander intervention happens when individuals who are not directly involved in a situation help and have an impact on the outcome. So, even if you’re not directly involved in a situation, you can help.

Student in the stairwell