If You Know Something is Wrong
When you see something happening that you know is wrong, what can you do?
- Acknowledge: Notice a situation and pay attention to your gut instincts.
- Assess: Assume the responsibility for taking action and evaluate your options.
- Act: Use the IDEAS framework described below, and choose a strategy that is most appropriate in the situation.
- Affirm: You made a difference; your actions helped! Take care of yourself and seek support.
Who to Contact
Here are some offices that you can contact when you see something that you know is wrong.
- Campus Police: 408.924.8000 or 911
- Title IX Coordinator: 408.864.8945 or email@example.com
- Health Services: 408.864.8732
- Psychological Services: 408.864.8732
- Dean of Student Development: 408.864.8828
Take action directly aimed at the situation: “Excuse me…”
Without addressing the situation directly, you can create a distraction: “Hey, don’t I know you from math class?”
E: Engage peers
Use the crowd around you and involve a peer, a friend, or family member: “Could you help me…”
In some cases, the authorities may be the best able to help. Be prepared to call for police or other assistance. Dial 911 for emergencies.
Even as you take action, remember to prioritize your safety.