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The university encourages students to help in preventing harmful and negative incidents by being responsible for their own personal safety, intervening if they are bystanders of such incidents, and educating themselves through university sponsored Title IX training.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences takes acts of sexual violence
and sexual harassment seriously. In an effort to educate students and comply with
the Violence Against Women Act and the Office for Civil Rights federal guidelines, all
students are required to complete online training on sexual violence prevention. A
hold will be placed on your account, which will affect enrollment for the subsequent
semester if the training has not been completed as requested. Training should take
around 40 minutes.
To complete the training follow these steps:
- Choose the appropriate 1is2many training module:
- Log in with your Okey account information.
Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual misconduct. There are a number of actions one can take to prevent a situation from escalating. It should be noted that it is always best to call 911 if anyone is in immediate danger.
In order to intervene, someone has to
- Notice the incident
Bystanders must first notice the incident taking place. It's important to become attuned to what situations may be risky (e.g., If you’re in the hall and you notice a student trying to walk away from another student who will not stop grabbing that person to try and keep the individual in that location.)
- Interpret the incident as emergency
By "emergency," we mean a situation wherein there is risk of sexual or domestic violence occurring in the near future.
- Assume responsibility for intervening
When there are many people around, it has been found that individuals often believe someone else will intervene. At OSU-CHS, we are hopeful our students, faculty and staff will hold themselves, and other members of the OSU-CHS community, responsible for their actions.
- Have the bystander intervention skills to help
There are a number of different techniques an individual can use to intervene in a risky situation; some are listed below:
Bystander Intervention Techniques
When a situation threatens physical harm to you or someone else, ask for help or contact the police. Please remember that your safety is of the utmost importance.
- Direct: Step in and address the situation directly. For example, "That's not cool. Please stop." or "Hey, leave her alone." This technique tends to work better when the person you're trying to stop is someone you know. The direct approach is less successful when drugs or alcohol are being used because an individual’s ability to have a conversation about the situation may be impaired.
- Distract: To intervene, distract either person in the situation. For example, you see an individual harassing another individual on the street and you intervene by asking one of them for directions.
- Delegate: Recruit help if necessary. Find others who can help you to intervene. If you are in a bar, ask a bouncer or bartender to assist you with addressing the situation.
- Delay: For many reasons, you may not be able to do something in the moment. For example, if you are feeling unsafe or are unsure whether someone in the situation is feeling unsafe, you may want to check with the person. In this case, you can combine “delay” with a distraction technique by asking the person to use the bathroom with you or go get a drink. This will separate that individual from the other person. Then, you can ask, “Are you okay?” or “How can I help you get out of this situation?
Information from Vassar College Bystander Intervention website
How to Support a Friend
If your friend is a victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence, the following information can offer guidance on how to help and support:
- Listen and accept what you hear. Do not press for details. Allow your friend to reflect on what has happened and to share some of her/his feelings.
- Keep what is said confidential.
- Let your friend know that she/he is not to blame. Many victims tend to blame themselves for the offender’s actions, especially if the offender is an acquaintance.
- Encourage your friend to obtain a medical examination.
- Allow your friend to make his/her own decision about the next steps.
- Seek emotional support for yourself.
- Accept your friend’s decisions regarding the assault even if you disagree with them. It is more important that your friend feel empowered to make choices and take back control than it is for you to impose what you think is the correct decision.
- Encourage your friend to file a police report. Filing a report is not a commitment to prosecute but will allow the gathering of information and evidence. The information and evidence preserve future options regarding criminal prosecution, university disciplinary actions and/or civil actions against the perpetrator. Information can be helpful in supporting other reports and/or preventing further incidents (even anonymous reports are somewhat useful).
- Remind your friend of campus resources including OSU Victim Advocate, Student Conduct and University Counseling Services.
Students attending college accept new responsibilities, including taking appropriate measures to ensure their own personal safety. In combination with OSU-CHS efforts to maintain a safe learning environment, the university encourages students to protect themselves. For additional information on campus safety, contact OSU-CHS Security on the first floor of the CAME Building or at 918-625-8592.