Bystander Intervention

The Office of Student Life offers 2 ways to participate in bystander intervention training:

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

Bringing in the Bystander (In-Person)

Offered by the Office of Student Life, the "Bringing in the Bystander” workshop 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 active bystanders, we hope to create a compassionate community response to preventing sexualized violence and fostering a safer environment on campus.

Workshop overview

In this three hour 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 consequences of sexual violence for victims/survivors and communities
  • Learn how to identify a continuum of inappropriate sexual behaviours
  • Build increased empathy for victims of sexual 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 undergraduate and graduate students. The 3 hour workshop goes beyond what is learned in the Step In, Speak Up: Online Bystander Intervention program and 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 the Bringing in the Bystander program will be entered into a draw for a $250 UVic Tuition credit.

How to participate

Training sessions can be scheduled for classes and student groups/clubs, or individuals can attend a drop-in training session, which will be offered on a regular basis throughout the year.

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 

Register for a drop-in session

Step In, Speak Up (Online)

Offered by the Office of Student Life, the "Step in, Speak out” is a 45-minute online bystander intervention training program that introduces students to the concepts of pro-social bystander intervention and community expectations.

Workshop overview

In this online program hosted through CourseSpaces, 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 consequences of sexual violence for victims/survivors and communities
  • Identifying situations where bystander intervention is appropriate 
  • Overcoming barriers to successful intervention  

Why participate

This online program is intended for new students entering UVic, with a focus onstudents 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 the Step in, Speak up program will be entered into a draw for a $250 UVic Tuition credit.

How to participate

Participation in this program is intended for students new to UVic, and invitations are sent to all new students on campus at the start of the academic year.  For returning or continuing students, we recommend the in-person Bringing in the Bystander workshop.

If you are interested or have a group of students who are interested in taking the Step in, Speak up online bystander training program please contact the Office of Student Life at 

Bringing in the Bystander

  • Upcoming Workshop Dates: September 10th, September 26th, October 24th, November 5th, November 21st, December 3rd, December 19th, 2019
  • Registration for 2020 workshops will open in December.

Register now

For student group training or class requests and information about the program, please contact .