Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Step it up, EIU!

By: Alyssa Carlson | Intern

EIU has taken a huge step in educating their students on bystander intervention. “Bystander Intervention is a philosophy and strategy used for prevention of various types of violence. Types of violence include: bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.” Knowing the steps to bystander intervention is key when helping someone in any circumstance. Eastern’s StepUp! Program allows students to take part in an interactive session to understand the importance of raising awareness to others. The safety of Eastern’s students is top priority and being a part of this program is a step in the right direction!

The goals for the training are as follows:
  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • Increase motivation to help
  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  • Ensure overall safety and well-being of self and others
In relation to EIU StepsUP! is the IT'S ON US campaign. This is a national campaign focused on educating and preventing sexual violence on college campuses. Click here to learn more or to take the pledge!

On Campus Resources:
Counseling Center

Health Service

Health Education Resource Center

Office of Student Standards

Office of Civil Rights

Community Resources:
Toll-free at 1-888-345-2846

HOPE of East Central Illinois
Toll-free at 1-888-345-3990

Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital
(217) 238-4950

Please note: If you are having a medical emergency and/or are in danger, call 911 immediately!

The HERC staff can come to you! We give presentations for residence halls, RSOs, classrooms, etc. on a variety of topics including: bystander intervention, consent, alcohol and substance use, nutrition and more! Visit for more information or to request a program.

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