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Get Involved

See Something? Do Something.

If you see someone in harm’s way or making an effort to cause harm, we ask that you get involved in helping. Never put yourself in harm’s way to intervene, but there are specific things you can do to make sure intervention occurs:

  • Don’t assume someone else will help. It is better to have multiple people stepping in or seeking emergency assistance than none.
  • Point to individuals with very clear directives on what to do, such as: “You, call 911.”
  • Don’t walk away because it isn’t your business. Any violence or harm on campus affects all SUNY Plattsburgh members.

Ways to Get Involved

To start, get educated about forms of violence, gender discrimination and resources.

Jump to the following resources:

Violence Prevention Education Resources

Bystander Intervention

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Step UP! Bystander Intervention Tools

Don’t put yourself in harm’s way to intervene. There are actions you can take to make sure intervention occurs and we are here to help you.

At some point in your life, you may have observed situations where an individual or individuals were in harm’s way and found yourself not doing anything. This situation could have been preventable if you acted or said something sooner. You are not alone. Many of us have found ourselves in this situation, maybe even more than once.

How to Step UP!

  • What is a Bystander?

    A bystander is defined in the Student Code of Conduct as, “a person who observes a crime, impending crime, conflict or unacceptable behavior.”

    For instance, there may have been a time when you overheard an offensive joke and no one said anything. Or, on a night you went out with some friends and an argument turned into something physical, no one stepped in. In those scenarios, you have been a bystander.

    There are a number of reasons why we did not do or say anything then, but with our pro-social bystander skills and tools we can do better — we can Step UP!

Internship Opportunities

The Title IX office offers four different internship opportunities for SUNY Plattsburgh students. While the Title IX internship is currently unpaid, the office strives to ensure students are compensated through academic credit for their time in the office.

Students interested in interning in the Title IX office for academic credit should communicate with their academic advisor(s) to determine if it fits within their major and/or minor requirements. After given approval from their academic advisor, the student is responsible for identifying a faculty supervisor for the length of the internship.

How to Become an Intern with the Title IX Office

PEDAL — Peer Educator Program

PEDAL Title IX logoAs an educational institution, our primary goal is to rewrite the narrative of what prevention should look like.

PEDAL is the SUNY Plattsburgh violence prevention peer educator program. The peer-to-peer program is dedicated to preventing violence through educational opportunities that engage peers. In order to dismantle a culture of violence, educators raise awareness and empower others to leave a legacy of non-violence in the world.

PEDALS are student change-makers at SUNY Plattsburgh. Through their natural and trained skills, they encourage students to make a difference on campus through education on violence prevention and discrimination.

Why Become a Peer Educator

  • Gain leadership experience
  • Gain and improve public speaking skills
  • Opportunity to meet new people
  • Learn to address and prevent violence
  • Leave a legacy at SUNY Plattsburgh

More About Becoming a Peer Educator

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