Bystander Intervention Program Honored

The SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers and SUNY Office of University Life recently honored the college’s multifaceted Bystander Intervention Program with an Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award in the category for violence education and prevention, crisis management and campus security.

“All of these bystander intervention- based programs ultimately have the same goal: to create a culture on the SUNY Oswego campus of students who aren’t going to turn away when they see someone in trouble because they don’t think it’s their place,” said Shelly VanSlyke Sloan ’00, health promotion coordinator at the Lifestyles Center.

Step Up! is a training program that teaches students information and skills needed to become empowered bystanders. The training also covers bystander intervention in cases of depression, binge drinking and more.

As of the end of the fall 2016 semester, 574 students had participated in 23 90-minute Step Up! sessions, and more than 1,200 students have received training through the One Love Escala- tion Workshop, focused on relationship violence. Students view a video that follows the evolution of an unhealthy college romance to a horrifying end.

For more information about ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns, including bystander intervention and risk reduction programs, visit https://www.oswego. edu/title-ix/educational-programs.

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