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Bystander and Awareness Campaigns

Falcons always take care of each other. Ninety-nine percent of Bentley students stated they would want a peer to intervene if they were making a decision that put their health or safety in danger.

We all are responsible for the health and safety of our community members. If you were in a situation where you might be in danger or making a decision that could harm you physically or emotionally, wouldn't you want someone to help you?

Social spotting is the act of looking out for your peers in order to prevent harm and seeking immediate help in risky situations. 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
  • Call University Police or your RA if you notice a student is dangerously intoxicated

Be a Spotter

Be a Spotter is Bentley’s official campaign for bystander behaviors. The campaign includes social marketing posters and leadership trainings.

See a fellow Falcon in need: At Bentley, you may come across a situation where a friend or peer is:

  • Eating too little
  • Drinking too much
  • No longer attending their classes
  • Seems detached
  • Preoccupied with exercise
  • In an unhealthy or abusive relationship
  • Seems sad or angry
  • Using drugs

Spot the person with supportive behavior:
In the immediate:

  • Remove them from a risky situation
  • Call your RA, University Police, or the dean of students for help when needed
  • Suggest alternate behaviors that are less risk

The next day:

  • Talk to them about your concerns
  • Find a safe space
  • Use the first person (“I notice,” “I am worried”) and cite observable behaviors
  • Let them know you are there to support them
  • Provide on-campus resources that can help

Act to seek help from others:

  • Call University Police immediately at 781.891.3131 if someone is in immediate danger or you are very concerned
  • Enlist the help of a friend of passerby to assist
  • Talk to a trusted faculty or staff member about your concerns

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 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 magnets that highlight the dangers of alcohol toxicity and instructions for seeking help.