The following guidelines have been developed with reference to the bystander intervention information provided by OSAPR and the Department of Defense’s Safe Helpline program.
What does it mean to be an active bystander?
A bystander is anyone who observes a situation. We all observe thousands of incidents daily, but usually do not acknowledge the situation as needing our response. An active bystander is someone who acknowledges a problematic situation and chooses how to respond. Active bystanders must decide if they will speak up, step in, or offer assistance. Read more about
No one is immune to sexual or gender-based harassment. While the responsibility for misconduct lies clearly with the individual who commits it, members of the Harvard community should be aware of the ways we can help keep ourselves and others safe.