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Bystander Intervention Tactics

It can be hard to know what to do when an uncomfortable, even potentially dangerous, situation arises, but silence and inactivity never make a situation better.  Try some of these ideas!


Some people may not realize the impact of their language or behaviors. Ask questions about what happened and encourage them to think about what happened.

Sounds Like:

"When you said ____ what did you mean?"

"I'm not sure I understand what you are saying?"

"What was your intention?" 

Direct Interventions:

Intervening when someone is in immediate physical danger or when the conversation topic gets inappropriate and it is addressed at the moment.  It sends a message that you are concerned, paying attention and willing to get involved.

Sounds Like:

"I don't agree with you"

"I don't think that's appropriate."

"Please stop that."

"I'm calling for help."

"Is everything ok?"

"Do you need help?"

"I" Statements:

Emphasizing the impact the behavior had on you by stating your feelings, recognizing the behavior that made you feel that way and stating what you would like the other person's response to be.

Sounds Like:

"It makes me feel uncomfortable when you talk about other people in that way. Please stop using that type of language."

"I feel ___when you ___. Please don't do that anymore."

Indirect Intervention:

Addressing the issue at a later time.

Sounds Like:

"I want to talk with you about something I heard you say last night."

"Something has been bothering. Can we talk?"

Nonverbal Communication:

Facial expressions and body language send powerful messages about your disagreement or discomfort in a situation.

Looks Like:

Concerned facial expression, silent stare, crossed arms


Personalizing the situation sometimes helps the person being confronted to take the feedback seriously, empathize with how they have made someone feel or consider the impact of their actions.

Sounds Like:

"Would you want a friend treated that way?"

 "I really don't appreciate that kind of language."

 "We're friends and I am worried about you."

"I am worried that if you keep this up, you will get in trouble."

Provide Information:

Sometimes it is helpful to provide the facts, describe the law or explain a policy. Some people may be unaware that their behavior meets the criteria of being something harmful.

Sounds Like:

"It's not about your intent, it's about the interpretation. This could be considered sexual harassment and that's not funny."

"If they're drunk, they can't give consent for sex."

"You told them to leave you alone. If they keep it up you could file a harassment or stalking complaint."


Get Help

This could be direct or indirect intervention. Ask for guidance from a professor, staff member, colleague, counselor (confidential resource) or someone that you feel comfortable talking to about the subject. Tell them what you've observed and ask them for help. This could be as easy as anonymous call to Campus Public Safety to let them know what is happening.

Other Techniques to Try:

Distraction: You can interrupt the behavior without directly addressing it or the offender.  For instance, asking for directions, the time or help with something

Humor: Humor can be an effective technique to decrease tension, raise awareness and increase critical thinking, when used properly.  Be cautious that humor also has potential of minimizing an important point.

Strike When the Iron is Cold: Sometimes people need to calm down and relax before an intervention. Talk to them later about the events to give the offender time to rethink their actions and give the target a chance to leave.

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How to Connect to Resources

Campus Resources:

Non-Confidential Confidential

Campus Public Safety

The Campus Public Safety team is available 24/7 to all members of the Champlain College community. In addition to being an avenue to filing a report, Public Safety officers follow up on safety issues, connect students to other resources and provide educational programming to the College community.

Champlain College Counseling

Champlain College's Counseling & Accommodation Services Center offers a full range of confidential mental health services including individual and group counseling.

Residential Life

Residential students may seek out their RA or contact a member of the professional staff.  All member of the Residential Life department receive training on a variety of issues, including diversity and inclusion, sexual violence and emergency response. 

Champlain College Health Services

Champlain's Student Health Services are open to all students, whether they're covered by college insurance or their parent or guardian's policy. Health Services is available for both on-campus resident and commuter students.

Student Conduct Office

The mission of the Office of Student Conduct is to create a safe and respectful environment for students, faculty, staff and other community members, while insuring positive outcomes and learning for students who find themselves in challenging situations.

Off Campus Resources:


Burlington Police Department

Burlington Police Department
Antonio B. Pomerleau Building, One North Avenue
Phone: (802) 658-2704 / Emergency: Dial 911

University of Vermont Medical Center

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are available in the emergency department to administer sexual assault forensic evidence kits and give medical assistance.

Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations

Provides criminal investigation services in response to reports of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and other serious child abuse and neglect.

Community Health Center

Under our umbrella of comprehensive services, community residents can access primary and preventive health care, dental services and mental health and substance abuse treatment provided in a compassionate, respectful, and professional manner.

Hope Works

Hope Works provides crisis counseling and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence

Pride Center of Vermont - SafeSpace

SafeSpace, a program of the Pride Center of Vermont, offers free and confidential services to LGBTQ survivors of all forms of abuse or violence.


Women Helping Battered Women

Women Helping Battered Women offers hotline, shelter and housing program, children's program, and legal advocacy program to women, men, and children experiencing domestic violence.

Reporting Options:

Members of the Champlain College community are encouraged to speak to college officials (Residential Life, Student Conduct, Campus Public Safety or The People Center) who can help you make formal reports and generate investigations of incidents. Formal reports made to the college will be investigated and pursued through the Student Conduct process. Formal reports are not strictly confidential; however, only college officials who need details of the incident in order to pursue the Student Conduct process will be notified.If a student wishes to keep the details of the incident confidential, they should speak with on-campus counselors. In addition to providing mental health services, on-campus counselors are knowledgeable about the Student Conduct process and campus resources.  Staff and faculty have access to confidential resources through the employee assistance program.  Please contact The People Center for more information.  All members of the Champlain College community may also speak to local and national off-campus crisis center such as the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE FREE, or HOPE WORKS, a 24 hour crisis center in Burlington, VT at 1-800-489-7273 FREE.

How to Report...

Concern about a student

Concern about an employee

Bias incident or hate crime

Discrimination and harassment

Sexual Misconduct (includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking)