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Bystander Intervention Information

Bystander Intervention Information 

What if I am a bystander and see something is wrong?  How should a bystander intervene if she/he suspects or sees something is wrong?

If someone suspects a friend, acquaintance, or stranger may be in a high risk situation for becoming a victim, is being victimized, or has been victimized of any form of sexual offense, stalking, and domestic or dating violence, it is important to decide as a bystander whether there is a safe and reasonable way to intervene effectively, and to act in a way to assist a person whether it is before, during, or after an incident takes place.


·         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 Public Safety(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.

Who should I contact with any questions about the policies and process in the FAQ?
The best source of information is the Dean of Students for your campus:
          Rose Hill Dean of Students:                  718.817.4755
          Lincoln Center Dean of Students:          212.636.6250
Students are also encouraged to speak with a member of Residential Life, Student Leadership and Community Development, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and the Office of Safety and Security.

Click here for additional "Frequently Asked Questions: If I am the victim of a sexual offense…", or
 Link to the Campus Assault and Relationship Education Page for your campus: ROSE HILL  |  LINCOLN CENTER

August 21, 2014

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