How to be an active bystander

Being an active bystander means taking action in a risky situation…like in instances of bullying, sexual harassment or assault, discrimination, alcohol abuse, etc. You might think that this comes easy and say to yourself: “Someone is bound to step up and take action if there is trouble.” However, that isn’t necessarily the case.  It turns out that we tend to make decisions and behave in ways based on the reactions we get from others. The bystander effect refers to the phenomenon in which someone is less likely to intervene in a problem situation when others are present. The more people around, the less likely we are to act!

How active a bystander are you? Test your awareness in this Active Bystander video!

SWI is working to ensure that FLC is a community of active bystanders. We encourage you to take advantage of our in-person active bystander trainings and review our list of resources below. Contact the SWI Coordinator for more info!

View a recording of the Anti-Asian Hate Bystander Intervention training held by the Diversity Collaborative and Wellness Peer Advisory Council (WellPAC).

We are happy to hold an active bystander training for your organization or class.
Request Active Bystander training


Bad Ass LogoThanks to the Colorado College Wellness Resource Center we are encouraging every FLC student to be a BAD ASS! Yes, that's right. Be a BAD ASS!

Here's how:

Decide to

Please download and print our BAD ASS handout for more info!


Harassment and violence are on the rise and Hollaback is here to end it. They are on a mission to end harassment—in all its forms. They offer virtual, interactive harassment prevention and bystander intervention trainings. They have an award-winning app that can be used to document harassment and to hollaback!

Learn how to intervene when you see harassment.

Tell Someone

If you are concerned about an FLC student or employee, you can file an anonymous report at Tell Someone.

For information on sexual misconduct, please visit our CARE website.