Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference
Most problematic behaviors on college campuses involve bystanders. Step UP! training provides a framework explaining the bystander effect, reviews relevant research and teaches skills for intervening successfully using the 5 Decision Making Steps, and the S.E.E. Model (Dafe; Early; Effective).
Hundreds of colleges, universities and organizations are using Step UP! materials for faculty, staff and students on their campus. In the spring of 2014, Texas Tech University became one of 126 schools in the nation to host a national Step UP! Facilitator Training.
Step UP! is used by athletics, Greek life, student affairs, campus health, violence prevention centers, residence life and many others.
To find out how you can use the Step UP! program contact:
- Chris Medley
Manager for Student Intervention
University Student Housing
- Jaclyn Austin
Residence Life Coordinator – Prevention and Wellness Programming
University Student Housing
Scenarios/Practical Application Topics include;
- Alcohol Poisoning
- Anger Issues
- Depression/Suicide Ideation
- Disordered Eating
- Relationship Abuse/Violence
- Sexual Assault
5 Decision Making Steps
- Notice the event.
- Interpret the event as a problem — investigate!
- Assume personal responsibility.
- Know how to help.
- Implement the help: Step UP!
- Step UP! has stayed with me over time because of the general principles it teaches
— it changed my thinking. When I was faced with basic, everyday decisions it impacted
how I handled them. It's a great program that establishes the right thinking patterns
— especially for freshmen — it sets them on the right track, it can realign their
values and beliefs. It's a great awareness program.
— Male Student-Athlete, The University of Arizona
- From the beginning the Step UP! to Academics presentation was more interesting than
I had expected. I've never thought about being a bystander with academics before and
it's true – we can make a difference! It certainly gave me a new perspective on academic
misconduct; there is a lot more to it than you hear about from your professors at
the beginning of every semester. It is also very interesting to compare it to athletics
and discover that the qualities we pride ourselves in possessing as elite athletes
should be the very same ones that allow us to have success in school and in life in
general. It really was an informative presentation.
— Female student-athlete, University of Arizona
- “I was totally floored when I saw the ‘Step UP!' program on my campus for the first
time – as I believe it fills a need for every one of today's students. The whole topic
of responsibility, particularly personal responsibility, is critical to the development
of today's young minds. This program is one of the best I have ever seen in that it really spoke to the students on their level, in terms they would understand
and in situations to which they could definitely relate.”
– Victor Boschini, Chancellor, TCU
- The University of Arizona has created an amazing Bystander Intervention Program for
students called Step UP! Be a Leader, Make a Difference that addresses many high risk issues, including alcohol. Becky Bell is the creator
and is awesome. I've had her come to San Diego State University and do some trainings
with my students and peer educators, and we utilized the Step Up! Program to create
a similar program for our Greek Community on campus. As a former student-athlete myself,
I remember all the (awful) programming that we received. This is good stuff . . . and all my students LOVE the bystander approach, and I think
students find it extremely relevant and easy to implement.
– Lori Bednarchik, Health Educator, Adjunct Assistant Professor, San Diego State
Articles and News Releases
Step UP! Train the Trainer National Conference Recap
Inside the NCAA/ May 2014
Incoming Core Leadership Attends Bystander Training
VMI/ May 2014
Voice of Hope Hotline:
(806) 763-RAPE (7273)
- Behavioral Intervention Team
- Center for Campus Life
- Dean of Students
- Division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs
- Ombuds Office - Student Resolution Center
- Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference
- Student Counseling Center
- Student Health Services
- Student Judicial Programs
- Texas Tech Police - 911 (Daily Crime Log)
- University Student Housing
American Association of University Women
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) - English and Espanol
Rape, Abuse, & Incest, National Network - 1-800-656-HOPE
SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape)
Take Back the Night
United States Department of Justice
Based on findings from a nationally representative survey conducted in May and June, 2011, this report presents the most comprehensive research to date on sexual harassment in grades 7-12 and reveals some sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students' education. - American Association of University Women