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The University of Mississippi

STANDKIND Bystander Intervention

What is STANDKind?

STANDKind is a student-led and staff-supported initiative focused on creating a community in which members of the University of Mississippi are committed to “kindness.” The STANDKind initiative supports the idea that all Rebels have the ability to STAND and prevent harmful or high-risk behavior through intervention.

Across the nation, there are many bystander intervention initiatives being utilized; however, the majority of programs are topic-specific. STANDKind is not specific to one topic, it is all encompassing—put simply, it is about doing what is right. STANDKind empowers students to respect and care for one another, promote kindness in all aspects of life, while reinforcing the values outlined in the University’s creed: believing in the respect and dignity for each person, fairness and civility, personal and professional integrity, and good stewardship of our resources.

STANDKind is committed to cultivating a culture of genuine care and concern in which kind action is the norm.

STANDKind Steps to Intervention:

    1. Notice the situation
      Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you.
    2. Interpret the situation as a problem
      Sometimes, we are not sure what we are witnessing. For example, if you see a student lying in The Grove at 2:00 a.m. One could think the student Is simply sleeping. But, what if the person is not sleeping and is actually having a medical emergency? Step 2 encourages students to trust their instincts. If something does not seem right, it probably is not. If a situation catches your attention and seems a bit off, interpret it as a problem.
    3. Assume responsibility

      Bystander research shows people are less likely to help if they are in a large group or in a crowd. Why? Often we think someone else will help, or if everyone else is not helping, then it must not be a problem. Be that someone who does something. If not you, then who?

      EXAMPLE: Fire Analogy If you saw something was on fire, would you feel like you’re “going against the crowd” by speaking up and trying to say and do something about it?No. You’d see it as everyone is in agreement that we don’t want something awful to happen here. So I need to tell people. Can you see how it’s the same if someone might be in danger of some sort?

      To STANDKind is to have a genuine concern for all people. If we’re taking care of each other, we should intervene in some way. But it’s not always so easy, which is why step 4 is an important component to intervention.

      (Fire Analogy developed by Aaron Boe, Prevention Culture)
    4. Know how to help
      STANDKind using the 3D’s of Intervention: Direct. Distract. Delegate.

      • Direct – Directly addressing the situation.
        For example, if you hear someone using offensive language, such as “that’s so gay” or “that’s retarded,” it’s important for you to STANDUp and say, “Hey, you know, that’s not cool. It’s 2016 and we don’t talk like that anymore.”
      • Distract – Making a simple (or elaborate) distraction to diffuse the situation.
        For example, if a couple is arguing and things are getting heated, UnderSTAND that what is happening is not okay. You can tell one of them that someone is outside urgently looking for him/her.
      • Delegate – Finding someone else to address the concern.
        This is a good option if you do not feel safe directly intervening, you are not sure what to do, or you simply do not want to get directly involved. For example, if you know hazing activities are taking place,

    STANDFor what’s right by reporting it to an advisor, RA, or online.

    Coming soon: Bystander Intervention Peer Educator Opportunities