· Remind friends that “consent” is the difference between sex and sexual assault and that someone can be too intoxicated to consent;
· Take the initiative to help friends who aren't thinking clearly from becoming targets of violence (or) take steps to stop a friend who chooses to use violence;
· Prevent an intoxicated friend/person from going to a private location with an acquaintance or friend;
· Ask a friend, acquaintance, or stranger who is attempting to take sexual advantage of another to stop and leave the location;
· Recognize dating or domestic partners who cause fear or physical pain to their partner and voice your concerns where appropriate (i.e. one suggestion is referring the person to the counseling center);
Contact Fordham University Office of Safety and Security (718) 817-2222, the Dean of Students or another person of authority who can assist.
· Don’t walk / run alone in secluded areas or at night;
· Avoid situations where intoxicated people (victims, perpetrators, or both) may be unable to consent;
· Don’t leave a friend or acquaintance alone at a party or bar.
Am I required to intervene and act as a bystander?
No, there is no legal obligation in New York State for a bystander of a potentially violent situation or crime to intervene or act.
How can I help create a safer campus environment.
Fordham University educates students in the Jesuit tradition which includes promoting deep respect for individuals and strives for a community of responsible citizens. Bystanders are encouraged to act if there are safe and reasonable ways to intervene and/or discourage people from being uncivil towards each other in an effort to foster a safer environment for everyone. People who are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to act in certain circumstances.