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Bystander Intervention Programme


The HEA has provided funding to allow free access for up to 100 participants from 20 HEIs to the four-module online UCC Bystander Intervention programme. The aim of this funded initiative is to give institutions the  opportunity to undertake the training with a pilot group and to better understand and assess the impact it may have on the campus culture. 

The existing programme is primarily targeted at students, but to meet the growing demand from staff the programme has been adapted to create a stand-alone Bystander Intervention programme for staff.  Following a series of meeting with the MISU, MIC EDII Office and Prof. Louise Crowley, UCC Active Bystander Programme, MIC will be a pilot HEI site.

As a key part of the implementation of the National Framework to End Sexual Harassment and Violence, Mary Immaculate College is exploring the opportunities for dedicated training for staff and students in relation to consent, bystander intervention and other key initiatives. As part of this work, we have been provided with free access for 100 members of our campus community to the UCC Bystander Intervention programme. The Bystander Intervention programme at UCC seeks to enable and effect cultural change through educating and empowering the student body to collectively demand that zero-tolerance approach to all forms of sexual harassment and abuse. The programme recognises the capacity for students to actively challenge unacceptable peer behaviour and bring about a safe and respectful university experience.

This training is delivered online over four modules, is self-directed and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. We would like you to invite you to take part in this pilot delivery of the UCC Bystander Intervention training, which you can access through the link below. We will arrange to receive your feedback upon completion (or whatever your plan is at MIC).

Thank you for supporting us in our effort for a cross campus, all of community response to the issue of sexual harassment and violence.  Please email to express your interest to participate in the programme.

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