Responding to Emotionally Distressed Students Guide > Bystander Event
Student who witnessed a Disturbing Event
Though a student may not have directly experienced a disturbing event, being a witness can leave bystanders with a host of questions, concerns, and sometimes significant emotional impact.
- DO -
• Consider checking in with the student if you are directly aware that they have witnessed a serious event
• Take seriously whatever questions or thoughts are coming up for the student
• Refer for support if the student's functioning is significantly impaired
- DON'T -
• Minimize if the student presents this concern ("well, you didn't get hurt")
• Tell a student that they should have been able to completely control the situation
Student Health and Counseling - (314) 977-2323
Dean of Students - (314) 977-1572
Student Support and Parent & Family Programs - (314) 977-7326
The University encourages students to become active bystanders especially when dealing with a life threatening event. For more information on bystander events and the University's policy regarding bystander intervention, see SLU's Responsible Action Protocol and/or visit the Office of Student Conduct page.
Students, faculty and staff may also assist as a bystander by reporting anonymously an event that occurs on campus by utilizing STOP, CALL, REPORT. Call the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness at (314) 977-3000 or e-mail a Voluntary Confidential Report.