About the programme

The Bystander Intervention programme at UCC forms part of a strategic response to the issues of sexual misconduct and violence among student populations. The blended-learning approach of the Bystander Intervention programme seeks to not only enhance knowledge and understanding of these issues, but also to lead to attitude and behavioural change across the university.

The programme is led by Professor Louise Crowley of the School of Law, UCC.

Programme outline

The aim of the Bystander Intervention Programme is to highlight the danger of normalising and accepting abusive behaviour and through education, inform and empower programme participants to better understand their capacity to intervene as pro-social bystanders.

Available to all students and staff at UCC, the programme consists of 2 hours online training with 4 self-directed modules and is complemented by a live 1-hour workshop, which will be conducted online for the remainder of the current academic year.

The Bystander Intervention Programme provides students with an understanding of key issues related to consent and the boundaries surrounding sexual assault, rape and abusive relationships. It also enables them to develop key intervention skills which can be utilised in any setting.

Practicalities and learning outcomes

Eligibility

The Bystander Intervention programme is open to all UCC students and staff.

Mode of Delivery

The programme comprises 5 workshops. The first 4 workshops are self-directed and online, accessible through Canvas. The final workshop is usually classroom-based but will be delivered live via MS Teams for the remainder of the academic year, owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

On completion of the online learning, participants indicate through an online form, their preferred day(s) to attend the live workshop and will be notified of their in-person workshop details, including a link to the workshop. The final workshop involves approximately 12 students and provides a safe space to reflect on the learning experience with other participants in the programme.

We are delighted to be able to offer you the option of participating in Workshop 5, either on-line via TEAMS or in-person.

In-person workshops will be delivered in keeping with public health safety measures, in various locations across UCC campus.

See below, the Workshop 5 schedule for Semester I:

September

  • Monday September 20th - ONLINE
    • 10-11am - Student only
  • Tuesday September 21st - ONLINE
    • 12-1pm - Staff only
  • Wednesday September 22nd - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Staff only - Location TBC (CANCELLED)
    • 2-3pm - Student only - Location TBC (CANCELLED)
  • Friday September 24th - ONLINE
    • 10-11am - Staff only
    • 12-1pm - Student only
  • Monday September 27th - IN-PERSON
    • 11am-12pm - Student only - Location: ORB G20
    • 2-3pm - Staff only - Location: ORB G20
  • Wednesday September 29th - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Student only - Location: CACSS Seminar Room
    • 12-1pm - Staff only - Location: C_KANE_B10A
    • 3-4pm - Staff only - Location: C_BHSC_304

 

October

  • Tuesday October 5th - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Student only - Location: C_BOOLE_5
    • 12-1pm - Staff only - Location: C_FSB_322
    • 2-3pm - Staff only - Location: CACSS Seminar Room
    • 4-5pm - MA International Development Students only
  • Thursday October 7th - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Student only - Location: C_WW_5
    • 12-1pm - BA International Development Students only
    • 3-4pm - Staff only - Location: C_WGB_G13
  • Monday October 11th - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Staff only - Location TBC
    • 12-1pm - Student only - Location TBC
    • 2-3pm - Staff only - Location TBC
  • Wednesday October 13th - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Student only - Location TBC
    • 12-1pm - Staff only - Location TBC
    • 3-4pm - Student only - Location TBC
  • Friday October 15th - ONLINE
    • 10-11am - Staff only
    • 2-1pm - Student only
  • Thursday October 21st - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Student only - Location: C_WW_5
    • 12-1pm - BA International Development Students only
    • 2-3pm - Staff only - Location TBC
  • Friday October 22nd - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Student only - Location: C_BHSC_304
    • 12-1pm - Staff only - Location: C_BHSC_304
    • 2-3pm - Chemistry Post Grad Students only

 

November

  • Monday November 1st – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Male Students only (male facilitated) – Location TBC
    • 12-1pm – Male Staff only (male facilitated) – Location TBC
  • Wednesday November 3rd – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Student only - Location TBC
    • 12-1pm – Staff only - Location TBC
    • 3-4pm – Student only - Location TBC
  • Friday November 5th – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Male Students only (male facilitated) – Location: C_WGB_G09
    • 12-1pm – Male Staff only (male facilitated) – Location: C_ORB_101
    • 3-4pm – Chemistry Post Grad Male Students only (male facilitated)
  • Tuesday November 9th – ONLINE
    • 10-11am – Student only
    • 12-1pm – Staff only
  • Wednesday November 10th – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Male Students only (male facilitated) – Location TBC
    • 12-1pm – Male Staff only (male facilitated) – Location TBC
  • Thursday November 11th – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am - Student only – Location TBC
    • 12-1pm - Staff only – Location TBC
  • Friday November 12th – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Student only – Location: C_Boole_5
    • 12-1pm – Staff only – Location: C_ORB_101
    • 2-3pm – Chemistry Post Grad Students only
  • Monday November 15th – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Male Students only – Location: C_WGB_G04
    • 12-1pm – Male Staff only – Location: C_ORB_255_SR
  • Wednesday November 17th – ONLINE
    • 1-2pm – Staff only
    • 4-5pm – Student only
  • Thursday November 18th – IN-PERSON
    • 12-1pm – Student only – Location TBC
    • 10-11am – Staff only – Location TBC
  • Tuesday November 23rd – ONLINE
    • 11am-12pm – Student only
    • 1-2pm – Staff only
  • Thursday November 25th – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Female Students only – Location TBC
    • 12-1pm – Female Staff only – Location TBC
    • 2-3pm – Female Staff only – Location TBC
  • Monday November 29th – IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Female Staff only – Location TBC
    • 12-1pm – Female Students only – Location TBC
    • 2-3pm – Female Staff only – Location TBC

December

  • Wednesday December 1st  - IN-PERSON
    • 10-11am – Female Students only – Location TBC
    • 1-2pm – Female Staff only – Location TBC
  • Friday December 3rd – ONLINE
    • 10-11am – Students only
    • 2-3pm – Staff only

 

Reflective Response

To secure university accreditation for completion for the Bystander Intervention Programme, students then complete a reflective response to demonstrate their learning experience.

Students are encouraged to deliver this reflective response in a mode that reflects their own skills. For example, students have chosen to reflect on their bystander training by way of 1,000 word essays, through poetry, art, etc. We encourage students to demonstrate their learning through whatever means best allows them to share the impact and importance of the programme to them.

Upon approval of their submission participants are awarded a university digital badge.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Recognise that sexual and domestic violence are a serious problem in society and in student populations
  • Learn bystander intervention theory
  • Improve their knowledge and understanding about rape and sexual assault
  • Accept that individuals can often be mistaken about others’ beliefs and values (social norms theory)
  • Recognise the links between sexist attitudes, discriminatory practices and gender based violence
  • Be familiar with intervention strategies
  • Know where to go for help and / or support in cases of rape, assault or abuse
  • Be confident to use intervention strategies in everyday life
  • Improve their communication and leadership skills for the future

Digital Badge

All students who complete all workshops and the reflective response will be awarded a Digital Badge.

Registration for the programme is now open. Students can self-enrol through Canvas.

Background to the programme

The UCC Bystander Intervention programme is led by Professor Louise Crowley of the School of Law, and was piloted at UCC for two years with Law, Nursing and Midwifery and Applied Psychology students. Students in the workshops were empowered to consider and act on their shared responsibilities in building a culture of zero tolerance to prevent and combat sexual harassment and violence, both on and off campus.

The programme connects to UCC’s Strategic plan, premised upon the core values of the university, including equality, respect and integrity, and serves to empower and upskill students to safely intervene and demand a safer campus and society with zero tolerance for verbal and physical sexual harassment.

The UCC Bystander Intervention Programme is adapted from the Intervention Initiative (Fenton, Mott, McCartan, & Rumney, 2014) which was created at the University of the West of England, funded by Public Health England.

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