Carolina community expands bystander intervention efforts

College students across the country deal with issues relating to substance use, relationship violence, hazing, mental health, discrimination and more. Healthy Campus Initiatives at the University of South Carolina is combating those issues with a bystander intervention program called Gamecocks Stand Up.

Gamecocks Stand Up calls for students to recognize unsafe, harmful or dangerous situations; decide to intervene; and stand up for fellow Gamecocks. The campaign highlights different challenges students face during their time at the university and the steps they can take to help other students.

Healthy Campus Initiatives has also created bystander trainings and an ambassador program to educate students, faculty and staff on the importance of bystander intervention. Faculty, staff and student leaders can request trainings for classes, departments or student organizations who want to learn more about bystander intervention strategies. Students can also attend a training to become Gamecocks Stand Up ambassadors.

For more information on Gamecocks Stand Up, to register for a training or to request communication materials, contact Dianna Colvin at or 803-777-1650.

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