Announcing the fourth national Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training.

May 14 and 15, 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport | Orlando, Florida (room rates start at $179 plus tax)

Due to reaching training capacity, registration for the 2018 Step UP! Facilitator training is now closed. To place your name on the waiting list, email Mary Wilfert at

The Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training

Would you like to minimize problems and create a safe and healthy community on your campus? Problems are preventable with bystander intervention! Learn why hundreds of colleges, universities, high schools, and other organizations are using Step UP! — the award-winning program that teaches students how to intervene in problematic situations.

This intensive two-day conference (Monday May 14, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (9-10am registration, breakfast on your own) and Tuesday May 15, 8 a.m. – noon) held at the Hyatt Recency Orlando International Airport will show attendees how to create a sustainable and powerful bystander intervention program on their campus.

We all have a responsibility to Step UP! when we notice a problem. Step UP! is a proven, research-based training program and curriculum that has won national acclaim (NASPA Gold) and been mentioned in articles in, among others, The Washington Post, on, and featured in NCAA Champion magazine. Many schools have adopted it campus-wide.

Since its 2008 release, hundreds of colleges and other organizations are now using Step UP! — the award-winning bystander intervention program that teaches students how to intervene in problematic situations including alcohol abuse, hazing, depression, sexual assault, discrimination, anger, eating disorders, academic misconduct, and more. This is our fourth national conference, offering training dedicated to preparing administrators and other professionals to facilitate Step UP! All attendees will receive the latest PowerPoint training along with the updated Facilitator Guide.


The Step UP! Facilitator Training is intended for college and university professionals (including athletics, campus health, sexual assault prevention programs, Greek life, housing and residence life, student affairs, and others) who want to know more about creating a bystander intervention program.

Attendees at the Step UP! Facilitator Training will learn to:

  • Facilitate Step UP! training
  • Apply the proven research, concepts and theories behind Step UP! including the Five Decision Making Steps and Perspective Taking
  • Address the barriers to helping and teach skills and strategies for effective intervention including the SEEK Model (Safe, Early, Effective, Kind)
  • Apply the skills to real-life scenarios
  • Engage today’s students using interactive techniques
  • Maximize effectiveness through best practices and lessons learned

Become trained in this groundbreaking program and leave with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to implement Step UP! immediately.

NCAA Sponsorship

The NCAA Sport Science Institute will accept applications for a partial scholarship to support attendance at the 2018 Step UP! Bystander Intervention Facilitator Training to be held May 14-15, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. The NCAA will offer a partial scholarship to 30 schools (two attendees per school). APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

The Step UP! Bystander Intervention Facilitator Training is a two-day event, which provides resources for athletics and student affairs professionals to work in partnership to promote student-athlete wellness through bystander intervention training.

The NCAA will provide a partial scholarship that will cover hotel accommodations at the Orlando Hilton for selected teams from NCAA member institutions to attend the training. Each team must consist of one athletics department representative and one student affairs representative.

Individuals selected for the partial scholarship will agree to serve as a resource for their institution, assist others in conducting Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training, and submit a post-participation report detailing their implementation efforts.

All participants must pay a registration fee of $100.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend the Step UP! Bystander Intervention Facilitator Training is now closed.

Selected participants will be notified no later than February 1, 2018. For more information regarding the scholarship, please contact Mary Wilfert at 317-917-6319.

Note that if your institution has been awarded a scholarship in the past, it is not eligible to receive another scholarship.

Click to view institutions that have already received NCAA funding
Abilene Christian
Adams State University
American University
Armstrong State University
Benedictine University
Bradley University
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Chico
California State University, Fresno
Campbell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Carson-Newman University
Carthage College
Chestnut Hill
Cheyney Univ. PA
Christopher Newport Univ.
Clarion Univ. PA
Coker College
Colorado State University-Pueblo
East Stroudsburg University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Edinboro University
Florida Atlantic University
Fontbonne University
Franklin College
Frostburg State University
Gonzaga University
Grinnell College
Gustavus Adolphus
Hope College
Indiana University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jackson State University
James Madison University
Keystone College
Kings College
Lake Forest College
Lawrence University
MacMurray College
Maine at Farmington, Univ.
Maryville College
Maryville University
Michigan Technological Univ.
Minot State University
Mississippi Valley State Universisty
Missouri Western State University
Montana State University- Billings
Moravian College
Mount St. Jopseph Univ.
New England College
Norfolk State University
North Carolina State University
Northwest Nazarene University
Nova Southeastern University
Old Dominion University
Pace University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Penn State Harrisburg
Plattsurgh State University
Quincy University
Regis University
Rice University
Rollins College
Saginaw Valley State University
Saint Michael’s College
Southern Mississippi 
Springfield College
St. Edwards University
St. Francis College, Brooklyn
St. Louis University
Standford University
Stetson University
Suny New Paltz
SUNY, Plattsburgh
Texas- Austin
The Citadel
Thomas College
Towson University
Transylvania University
UNC- Greensboro
UNC, Wilmington
Univeristy of Maryland
University of Arkansas
University of Delaware, Newark
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Indianapolis
University of Iowa
University of Kansas 
University of Maryland
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Minnesota, Crookston
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Nebraska
University of New Haven
University of Oklahoma
University of Southern California
University of Southern Florida
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Virginia Tech
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
Univewrsity of Massachusetts – Lowell
Unversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Utah State
Virginia Commonwealth
Wartburg College
Wayne State University
Western New England University
Westminster College (Missouri)
Willamette University
Wittenberg University