UCD to introduce class on how bystanders can intervene in harassment

Incoming first-year students will take mandatory ‘bystander intervention’ lesson during orientation

The aim of the class is to equip students with the confidence to intervene if they see sexual harassment or experience it themselves. Photograph: Alan Betson

The aim of the class is to equip students with the confidence to intervene if they see sexual harassment or experience it themselves. Photograph: Alan Betson

A mandatory 90-minute lesson on how bystanders can intervene in cases of sexual harassment or assault will be taken by some 5,500 incoming first-years at University College Dublin in September.

The aim of the lesson, which will be embedded into the orientation programme for first-year students, is to “equip students with the confidence to intervene in small ways in the event they do see something or experience it themselves”, according to Dr Aideen Quilty, the academic lead on the bystander programme.

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