Awareness and Prevention

Sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sex/gender discrimination, etc. each significantly interfere with student success and pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of the student(s) and members of our community. The Office of Title IX teaches students, faculty, and staff about our university policies and procedures, explains how to identify at-risk behaviors, and describes how individuals can be active bystanders.

Learn the Basics

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 is provided throughout the academic year. This education takes place in resident assistant training, RSO leadership training, Greek new member education, First Year Experience classrooms, etc.

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Be an Active Bystander

Take action if you see someone in need!

YOU have the ability to TAKE ACTION to prevent or intervene a potentially harmful situation.

  • 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.

What you can do to help:

  • Recognize behaviors that might be high risk for violence or harm.
  • Attempt to help, but keep yourself safe.
  • Intervene in a way you feel comfortable:
    • Check in with the person to see if he/she is OK or needs help
    • Create a distraction
    • Call for help
    • Even if there is a delay, follow up with the person and see if there's any support they may need!