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About Volunteers Speak UP!

Volunteers Speak UP! empowers you to help keep UT’s campus safe for all Volunteers.

Every volunteer has a role to play in taking care of the UT community. Volunteers Speak UP! trains UT students, faculty, and staff to recognize potentially harmful situations and safely intervene. Learn about the important role you can play as an active bystander to intervene in potentially harmful behaviors before they occur.

You can request a program for your class, residence hall, student organization, or chapter.

There are three active bystander programs:

Volunteers Speak UP! First Year Studies (FYS) Edition is designed specifically for FYS 101 classes. This program serves as an introductory overview on how to become an active bystander.

Volunteers Speak UP! Vols Help Vols is designed to help participants recognize when they are bystanders, and introduces ways that unintended harm is related to consent. The interactive discussion focuses on ways to identify consent in everyday life, intervene in low-risk situations and practice ways to Take ACTion as an Active Bystander. Students will learn ways to take responsible action to help people, support other students and create a culture of care on our campus.

The Volunteers Speak UP! Alcohol Edition teaches participants to recognize unsafe drinking behaviors to prevent other alcohol-related injuries, deaths, and other incidents.

Volunteers Speak UP! Fraternity Men is designed specifically for Greek men. The interactive discussion based program educates students on sexual assault and how to apply their fraternal values to being an active bystander. Students will share ways to intervene in situations where someone is in a potentially dangerous situation.

For questions or more information about Volunteers Speak UP!: E-mail

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-WA-AX-0024 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.