Responding to Situations

Below are a number of sample bystander situations. Click on the links to see examples of different strategies applied to that situation.


Situation #1:

A teammate makes an off-color joke (e.g. involving an offensive stereotype) at a project meeting.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

 

 

Situation #2:

A fellow graduate student receives a public dressing down by a professor in a lab meeting.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

 

Situation #3:

In a small-to-medium-sized class you see another student repeatedly surfing the net on a laptop. It's distracting. The instructor has not said anything.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

 

Situation #4:

You hear a fan at an athletic event make a cruel remark about someone on the opposing team, who seemed to overhear it.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

 

Situation #5:

One person in your lab or group frequently makes critical or even mean remarks about others behind their backs.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

 

Situation #6:

You see a student so drunk that he or she can barely walk stumble toward a nearby parked car, keys in hand.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

 

Situation #7:

You are on a four-person team. There is a lot of tension in the team because the other two people think X is not doing his share of the work. No one has said anything to X about it.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

 

Situation #8:

The two people who live (or work) in adjacent rooms across the hall from you have, on separate occasions, complained to you about each other.  One day, you hear them start to argue loudly in the hall.

Strategies in the Moment

Strategies After the Fact

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