Bystander Intervention

The Office of Student Life offers two ways to participate in bystander intervention training:

  • Bringing in the Bystander: an online workshop available for all students at UVic
  • Step in, Speak Up: an online training program intended for students new to UVic

Bringing in the Bystander: UVic's Bystander Intervention Training

Bringing in the Bystander teaches students how to overcome resistance to checking in and intervening when they observe the potential for sexualized violence to occur. By empowering students to become pro-social bystanders, we hope to create a compassionate community response to preventing sexualized violence and fostering a safer environment on campus. This workshop is typically delivered in-person, but will be delivered online in the fall 2020 semester.

Workshop overview

In this 90 minute workshop, students will:

  • Learn how to identify situations where bystander intervention is appropriate and how to overcome barriers to successful intervention 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of sexualized violence for survivors and communities
  • Learn how to identify a continuum of inappropriate sexual behaviours
  • Build increased empathy for survivors of sexualized violence and understand the importance of supportive responses to those who disclose

Why participate

Bringing in the Bystander is a free training program open to all students. This workshop provides in-depth skill training and development of intervention plans based on suggested scenarios by participants.

Students who complete the training will receive a certificate for participation and credit on their co-curricular record. The co-curricular record allows students to document their extracurricular volunteer and leadership activities in a university-validated document generated by UVic Co-op and Career Services. This record will provide evidence of students’ extracurricular achievements when they apply for jobs, graduate school and scholarships.

All students who complete Bringing in the Bystander will be entered into a draw for a $250 UVic Tuition credit, drawn at the end of each semester.

How to participate

Students can register for a drop-in workshop which is offered on a regular basis throughout the year. Workshops can also be scheduled for classes and student groups/clubs, free of cost. To schedule please contact .

If you would like more information on Bringing in the Bystander, or if you’d like to book a training session for your class/student group, please contact 

Step In, Speak Up (BrightSpace)

Step In, Speak Up is a 45-minute online training program on BrightSpace that introduces students to the concepts of pro-social bystander intervention and community expectations.

Workshop overview

Students will complete a series of modules that include videos and questions related to bystander intervention and sexualized violence. The following topics are covered:

  • Identifying a continuum of inappropriate sexual behaviours
  • Understanding the impacts of sexualized violence for survivors and communities
  • Identifying situations where bystander intervention is appropriate 
  • Overcoming barriers to successful intervention  

Why participate

This program is intended for new students entering UVic, with a focus on students living on-campus in Residence.  The program introduces students to community expectations, language and concepts important for those in the campus community.

All students who complete Step In, Speak Up will be entered into a draw for a $250 UVic Tuition credit, drawn at the end of each semester.

How to participate

Participation in this program is intended for students new to UVic, and invitations are sent to all new residents at the start of each semester.  For returning or continuing students, we recommend the online Bringing in the Bystander workshop.

Students can self-enrol in BrightSpace using this link.

If you have a group of students who are interested in taking Step In, Speak Up, please contact  for group registration details.

Bringing in the Bystander

As of fall 2022, the Bringing in the Bystander workshops are currently under review and are being revisioned. Please email with any questions.