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Dukes Step Up!


Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help... but didn't?

You're not alone.

This situation is more common than you think, and is known as the bystander effect.

Dukes Step Up! is a bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

The 5 steps of Dukes Step Up!


Notice the event


Interpret the event as a problem and investigate


Assume personal responsibility


Know how to help


Implement the help: Dukes Step Up!

The goals of Dukes Step Up! are to:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • Increase motivation to help
  • Learn strategies for effective helping
  • Develop confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others


List of Dukes Step Up! trainings to be announced this fall.

The importance of training


A survey at three universities (University of Arizona, University of California, Riverside and University of Virginia), revealed that students are encountering multiple situations where bystander intervention would be appropriate including, among other things, alcohol abuse, hazing, eating disorders, sexual assault and discrimination. Almost 90% stated a problem could have been avoided with intervention and up to 85% of the student-athletes indicated they would like to learn skills to intervene. The bottom line is that many, if not most, unfortunate results are PREVENTABLE, and students want to make a positive difference.

"The standard you walk past is the standard you accept"
- Lt. General David Morrison AO

It is our sincere hope that this training will help you learn strategies and techniques to intervene directly or indirectly in both emergency and non-emergency situations. In the training we discuss real-life situations/scenarios. Our goal is to generate open, honest and non-judgmental discussions about the material presented. This training is not meant to cover all possible scenarios or variables, nor is it meant to train you as a counselor. This is your program. You will determine its ultimate success as a collective community.

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This program was developed originally by The University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program, along with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and national leading experts. Hundreds of colleges, universities and organizations are using Step UP! materials. Representatives from JMU attended the 2012 Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program Facilitator Training and Conference and are considered trained.

Just one Duke can make a difference!