Bystander Intervention: Faculty and Staff

It takes a community effort to prevent and reduce power-based personal violence (Sexual Assault, Stalking, Dating and Domestic Violence). The action doesn’t always have to be a huge effort.

Included below are a number of actions you can take as faculty or staff on K’s campus to prevent and reduce power-based personal violence. These steps are called proactive Green Dots or actions that create and establish norms that power-based personal violence is not tolerated on our campus.

Proactive Green Dots

With Colleagues:

Engage in conversations about bystander intervention or Green Dot. Encourage attendance to Faculty and Staff overviews. Overviews are announced through campus-wide emails.

With Students:

One of our methods of preventing power-based personal violence is by providing training for our students. Students are offered an overview session or a training session throughout the year. An overview session is a 60 minute session that briefly goes over the philosophy behind Green Dot and provides skills for students to use if they witness power-based personal violence. A training session allows for students to go more in-depth and practice these skills.

One step you can take it to encourage your student to attend these sessions. Consider offering extra credit for attending these sessions! These sessions are announced through campus-wide emails. If you would like to be notified of these dates, please fill out the following question:

Consider using the following slides as you wait for class to start!

Include a Bystander Intervention statement on your syllabus.

  • “I support Green Dot and violence prevention efforts across campus.”
  • “As a faculty member, I support a safe, violence-free campus. No one has to do everything. Everyone has to do something.”
  • “I believe that everyone should be able to participate in my class without the fear of discrimination, and I am committed to the university’s policy. Additionally, certain behaviors are inappropriate even if they do not meet the technical criteria for harassment. Be respectful to each other.”

Need a paper topic? Check here for Bystander Paper Topics.

In your spaces (offices, emails, etc.)

Our Green Dot team has promotional items galore! Reach out to Haley Mangette, Project Coordinator and Green Dot Coordinator, to pick up some decor for your offices.

Add a statement at the bottom of your email signature.



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Proud Supporter of Green Dot!



Kalamazoo College

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Have you done a Green Dot today?

Include a quote about bystander intervention in your email signature.

  • “Whenever one person stands up and says, wait a minute this is wrong, it helps other people to do the same.” -Gloria Steinem
  • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
  • “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King
  • “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

Include a Green Dot at the bottom of your email.