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Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program

What is bystander intervention?

It takes at least two people for violence to take place: one person causing the violence and another who is being harmed.  But many times, a third person, a bystander, is also around.

This bystander may notice warning signs that violence could happen or be around during or after the violent act.  It is often this bystander, a friend or fellow Coug, who is in the best position to intervene and make it less likely that violence takes place.

This is why we introduce all undergraduate students to positive bystander options during their first semester on campus through a required introductory workshop about our Green Dot program. The workshop is designed to help students understand how they can safely and effectively intervene in potentially violent situations.

What is Green Dot?

Green Dot is a nationally-recognized program that helps us to identify red dots (actions or behaviors that can cause harm) and to do more green dots (actions or behaviors that prevent harm). Our goal is to dot our campus map with so many more green dots than red that eventually, violence cannot happen here. With active participation from students, parents, and University employees, we can make this happen.

How do I learn more?

Green Dot bystander trainings are free and open to all members of the WSU community. During the training, you’ll learn how to recognize potentially violent situations, safe options for intervening, and strategies to address barriers to intervention. You can view a schedule of trainings and sign up to participate through our CougSync calendar of events.