Step Up!


Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help...but didn't?

You aren't alone. Like many others, you have been affected by the bystander effect, which happens when individuals do not offer help or make an intervention in a dangerous or emergency situation when other people are around, because they assume that others will take responsibility for helping.

Step Up! is a movement currently being cultivated on the Auburn University campus, and at many colleges and universities across the country. It serves to encourage students to take responsibility in these situations and be proactive in helping others. The Auburn University model is based on the University of Arizona's highly noted and award-winning Step Up Program. Thank you to our friends in Tucson!

The goals of the program are:

  • raise awareness of helping behaviors,
  • increase motivation to help,
  • develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns,
  • and ensure the safety and well-being of self and others.

Currently, Health Promotion and Wellness Services is focusing on building the Step Up! movement around the issues of Alcohol/Alcohol Poisoning and Sexual Assault, but as we expand the movment on campus, we hope to extend our efforts to all of the following situations:

  • Academics
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Discrimination
  • Disordered Eating
  • Gambling
  • Hazing
  • Relationship Abuse

If you are interested in having a Step Up! presentation at your next organization meeting or event, please contact our office at to request a specific time and topic.

*Logo adapted from the University of Arizona Step Up! Program (