Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. It received a NASPA Gold award and is identified as a ‘Best Practice’ by the NCAA Sports Science Institute of national and international scholars. It is considered to be the most versatile and comprehensive bystander intervention program available.

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, the 5 Ds and the S.E.E.K. Model (Safe; Early; Effective; Kind). Teaching people about the barriers to helping as well as strategies, skills and the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more likely to help in the future.

A survey at three Universities (The University of Arizona, University of California, Riverside and University of Virginia), revealed that students are encountering multiple situations where bystander intervention would be appropriate including, among other things, mental health, discrimination, alcohol abuse, hazing, eating disorders, and sexual assault/relationship violence. Almost 90% stated a problem could have been avoided with intervention and up to 85% of the students indicated they would like to learn skills to intervene. The bottom line is that many unfortunate results are PREVENTABLE.

The goals of Step UP! are to:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • Increase motivation to help
  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others

Create a Caring Community: Step UP! Video

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Step UP! Overview Video

Step UP! 2016 Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training Overview Video

It is our sincere hope that this training will help you learn strategies and techniques to intervene directly or indirectly in both emergency and non-emergency situations. In the training we discuss real-life situations/scenarios. Our goal is to generate open, honest and non-judgmental discussions about the material presented. This training is not meant to cover all possible scenarios or variables, nor is it meant to train you as a counselor. This is your program. You will determine its ultimate success as a collective community

We can all make a difference. Thank you for your interest in Step UP!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.

Learn more about the Step UP! program:

Advisory Board
View the members of the Step UP! Advisory Board.

Step UP! Partner Schools and Organizations
Learn more about Step UP! program partner schools and organizations.

Read brief successes and other testimonials about the Step UP! program.

Be Kind. Step Up!
Learn more about the partnership between Step UP! and Ben’s Bells Project to reward intentional acts of kindness.

For further information, please contact us.