Title IX

National Programs and Resources

To learn more about bystander intervention, visit these links:

Submitting an Inquiry of Filing A Complaint

Please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Tamara Ellis Stafford, titleix@bard.edu or 845-758-7542, for information on your rights and how to file a campus or criminal complaint. You can also submit a complaint on-line. Please note it will take at least one to two business days to review and process any report submitted electronically.

Bystander Intervention

<b>Bystander Intervention</b>
A bystander model invites community members to practice specific actions to help prevent discrimination, bullying, harassment, violence and sexual violence by stepping in either before or during an incident, and speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support disrespectful actions and belief systems.

Tell Your Friends and Community:

  • If you know something is happening or you have a sense that something is wrong
  • When a person’s behavior is not acceptable—and that there is support for them to change
  • We all need help and can work together
  • We are not alone—there is a community to offer support

Always Remember:

  • Changes do not have to be big
  • We all have opportunities throughout every day to make a difference in a small way
  • There is no one "right way" to take effective and impactful action
  • Always consider your own safety and Campus Security if a situation is dangerous

The Bystander Intervention Playbook (from the University of Vermont)

  • Defensive Split: Step in and separate two people. Let them know your concerns and reasons for intervening. Be a friend and let them know you are acting in their best interest. Make sure each person makes it home safely.
  • Pick and Roll: Use a distraction to redirect the focus somewhere else: “Hey, I need to talk to you.” or “Hey, this party is no fun. Let’s go somewhere else.”
  • The Option: Evaluate the situation and people involved to determine your best move. You could directly intervene yourself, or alert friends of each person to come in and help. If the person reacts badly, try a different approach.
  • Full Court Press: Recruit the help of friends of both people to step in as a group.
  • Fumblerooski: Divert the attention of one person away from the other person. Have someone standing by to redirect the other person’s focus (see Pick and Roll). Commit a party foul (i.e. spilling your drink) if you need to.

A Student's Voice

“I had been raped shortly before returning to college from a vacation. I was feeling hurt, angry, isolated and having a really hard time. My mom was worried and called my friends to let them know that I was not doing well. She asked my friends to look after me, and they took that responsibility very seriously.

When I got back to school, I was drinking a lot and went to a lot of parties. There was one situation that changed the way I look at things. I don’t remember anything about this particular college party, leaving the party or even being in a car with a guy and a lot of his friends. But my friends saw me leave, and they came down to the car and pulled me out. I was messed up, and it would have led to another rape. But my friends recognized what was going on, pulled me out and said to the other guys, “you can not do her.”

These friends, and my mom, saved my life. It also changed the way my friends and I looked after each other. After that incident in the car, we all made a decision that this would not happen to anyone we know or anyone at their fraternity parties. At the time it did not seem like a big deal. But looking back, this was a huge deal for all of us to look after anyone who came to the frat parties. The fraternity became a safe place for girls to party.

If I have any advice, it would be to listen to my mom. Growing up, she would tell us every day that we don’t have a right to not speak. She would explain that we live in a part of the world that stands for freedom and we have to do our part to make it happen. If we knew of a fight that was going to happen and we did nothing to stop it, we would get into trouble. The reason I speak up today is because my mom would never allow us to stand by and do nothing if someone might get hurt.”

Adapted from NSVRC

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." —Martin Luther King, Jr.