Do One Thing: UTEP Works to Promote Student Safety

The University of Texas at El Paso Bystander Program – D.O.T. (Do One Thing)

It only takes one person doing one thing to help prevent campus violence. The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to preventing power-based violence…sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and rape. D.O.T. (Do One Thing) is the University’s strategy of intervention, education, and awareness to help our community be involved in preventing these types of violent acts. Individuals acting in that moment are the key in this effort. This effort subscribes to the concepts on intervention espoused by Greendot, an organization that trains universities and other groups nationwide, including the military.

A large part of the UTEP effort is through presentations and training offered throughout the year. From overviews of Bystander Intervention that can be 3 minutes to 60 minutes to all day training, we are committed to educating the university on the issue of Bystander Intervention and giving the community tools to identify and address personal, power based violence if they encounter it.

The exposure of these types of campus violence are more prevalent in our national news and the Presidential agenda to reduce sexual assault on college campuses has focused the spotlight on this issue. 

Why a Green Dot? Imagine a map of campus and on this map are red dots…each one representing an act of violence/intimidation/ coercion against someone in the community. Then imagine each of those red dots being covered by a green dot. Green Dots can be reactive or proactive. Each green dot represents an individual who stepped in (a “Bystander”) and helped prevent a violent act (a reactive green dot) as it was occurring. Or, a green dot may represent an educational program that teaches the community about campus violence and because of this education, a violent act was averted (a proactive green dot). What will your green dot(s) be?

The University of Texas System – Bystander Intervention Initiative

In August 2014, the UT System Board of Regents approved 1.4 million dollars of funding for a bystander intervention initiative that will be carried out by all academic institutions in the UT System. Each academic institution has been tasked with creating their own bystander intervention that is uniquely tailored to their institutions’ culture, needs, and resources.

The UT System bystander intervention initiative aims to unite all UT schools towards creating a safer, more inclusive environment.

In January 2015, representatives from all UT System academic institutions came together to share knowledge and best practices. Together, the schools identified a common definition and action steps for their bystander intervention initiatives.

The UT System “Steps to Bystander Intervention” are: 1) Recognize potential harm 2) Choose to respond 3) Take action

Recognize => Choose => ACT

Information on the UT System Bystander Intervention Initiative may be found here.