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Social Spotting (aka looking out for your friends)

Falcons always take care of each other. We are all responsible for the health and safety of our community. 

Social spotting is the act of looking out for your peers in order to prevent bad things from happening and taking action and seeking immediate help when they do. 

Social spotting can include a variety of behaviors, such as:

  • Telling a friend they have food stuck in their teeth
  • Asking a floormate to join you for dinner when they seem homesick
  • Suggesting alternate plans to drinking alcohol if a friend seems upset and says he or she wants to get wasted
  • Seeking out resources if a friend is depressed, anxious, using drugs, not attending classes, or experiencing another health related concern
  • Calling University Police or your RA if you notice a student is dangerously intoxicated
  • Creating a distraction or checking in with a peer at a party when you're not sure if they are all right
  • Preventing a hookup that may not be consensual

Spot On Bystander Trainings

Learn the art of being a good spotter by participating in this 90-minute interactive program that provides an interdisciplinary approach examining what we can do to help. It can help increase your motivation and confidence to respond to behaviors that threaten a peer's health, safety or well-being.

During this training, you will learn:

  • Individual and group barriers to seeking help
  • Formal steps of social spotting
  • Problem-solving skills to be able to safely spot a peer

Spot On trainings can focus on substance abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention and social justice issues. They can be customized for student groups. Contact Jessica Traue at jtraue@bentley.edu to schedule a training.

CUSP of Danger

A part of the Be a Spotter campaign, CUSP is an acronym we use to educate students about the signs of potential alcohol overdose. It stands for:

C: Cold clammy skin, bluish lips
U: Unconscious — cannot be woken up
S: Slowed — irregular breathing patterns
P: Puking while passed out

All students are provided with phone ID holders and magnets that highlight the dangers of alcohol toxicity and instructions for seeking help.