Texas Tech University

Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference

The University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program (in partnership with the NCAA), along with national leading experts, has developed a new initiative for students called Step UP! Be a Leader, Make a Difference. Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention prgram that educates students to be proactive in helping others. Teaching people about the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more aware of why they sometimes don't help. As a result they are more likely to help in the future.

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
    T 806-834-8948
  • Jaclyn Austin
    Residence Life Coordinator – Prevention and Wellness Programming
    University Student Housing
    T 806-834-1944 

Scenarios/Practical Application Topics include;

  • Academics
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol Poisoning
  • Anger Issues
  • Depression/Suicide Ideation
  • Discrimination
  • Disordered Eating
  • Gambling
  • Hazing
  • Relationship Abuse/Violence
  • Sexual Assault

5 Decision Making Steps

  1. Notice the event.
  2. Interpret the event as a problem — investigate!
  3. Assume personal responsibility.
  4. Know how to help.
  5. 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

Social Media

facebookStep Up! on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stepupleaders

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Voice of Hope Hotline:
(806) 763-RAPE (7273)

Sexual Assault Pamphlet


Women's Protective Services
Voice of Hope - Lubbock Rape Crisis Center

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

Educational Resources for Men by Men:
Jackson Katz
Steve Thompson
Byron Hurt
Steve McAllister

LGBTQ Resources:
The Northwest Network
Community United Against Violence


Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School

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

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