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Mizzou Tigers know they have the power to influence the outcome of a situation. With StepUP, MU is creating a culture of caring on campus through active bystanding. Are you ready to #StepUP?

Most problematic behaviors on college campuses involve bystanders. Step UP! training provides a framework explaining the bystander effect, reviews relevant research and teaches skills for intervening successfully using the 5 Decision Making Steps, and the S.E.E. Model (Safe; Early; Effective).

A survey at three Universities (The University of Arizona, University of California, Riverside and University of Virginia), revealed that students are encountering multiple situations where bystander intervention would be appropriate including, among other things, alcohol abuse, hazing, eating disorders, sexual assault and discrimination. Almost 90% stated a problem could have been avoided with intervention and up to 85% of the student-athletes indicated they would like to learn skills to intervene. The bottom line is that many, if not most, unfortunate results are PREVENTABLE.

It is our sincere hope that this training will help you learn strategies and techniques to intervene directly or indirectly in both emergency and non-emergency situations. In the training we discuss real-life situations/scenarios. Our goal is to generate open, honest and non-judgmental discussions about the material presented. This training is not meant to cover all possible scenarios or variables, nor is it meant to train you as a counselor. This is your program. You will determine its ultimate success as a collective community

You can all make a significant difference. Thank you for your interest in Step UP!

To arrange a Step Up training, please fill out our form on OrgSync.

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Making space for alcohol during your college career is a personal choice, but we all agree that alcohol and drugs influence our college experience whether we personally choose that lifestyle or not. Social media, movies, television, and You Tube portray college as a non-stop party with a focus on excessive alcohol consumption, but in reality…

  • Almost a quarter of MU students chose not to drink at all last year
  • Most MU students report consuming 3 to 4 drinks when they go out and party
  • MU students choose to drink less or not at all on any given night based on academic obligations the next day, not being in the mood, or being a designated driver
  • 95% of MU students drink in environments where they feel safe

Data from the 2016 MACHB

If you think alcohol or other drugs might be becoming a problem for you or someone you know, MU has resources such as alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO and Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO. If you or a friend need additional help or support to change patterns of substance use, consider utilizing BASICS for alcohol or marijuana abuse concerns.

How to Help

If you see someone who appears to be incapacitated, drunk or under the influence of some type of substance, there are direct ways to intervene as well as indirect ways to intervene. Both ways are fine – always be sure you feel safe and if you do not feel safe you do not have to do anything.

Direct Responses:

  • Check in with the person to see if they need anything
  • Ask the person if they have a friend with them and/or locate the friend to have them check in

Indirect Responses

  • Call an authority figure anonymously
  • Create a distraction of any kind
  • Ask the person if they know what time it is
  • Call attention to the bartender or host of the party to make sure they follow up on the person’s safety

Alcohol Poisoning

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning:

  • Vomiting
  • Slow breathing (fewer than 8 breaths per minute)
  • Irregular breathing (gap of 10+ seconds between breaths)
  • Blue fingers or pale skin
  • Low body temperature (cool to the touch)
  • Passing out into unresponsiveness
  • If you notice these symptoms in someone around you, get help IMMEDIATELY by calling 911.

Recovery position: Save a life while waiting for help to arrive:

  • Raise their closest arm above their head and prepare to roll them towards you
  • Gently roll them while supporting their head
  • Tilt their head to maintain airway. Tuck nearest hand under their cheek
  • Lay the person on their side
  • Stretch one leg out in front of them
  • Ensure their head is tilted back and they are on their side
  • This is not in place of calling 911 – do this while waiting for help to arrive!

The University of Missouri has a Good Samaritan policy. MU encourages students to Step Up during alcohol related emergencies by not imposing sanctions on the bystander under most circumstances. However, if you choose not to Step Up, MU reserves the right to take disciplinary action.

Sober Living

Are you in living a sober lifestyle or interested in seeking out recovery resources?

Bullying, Harassment, & Hazing

What is bullying?

Bullying is defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally, on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class.

What is harassment?

Harassment in violation of the University’s anti-discrimination policies, is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class as defined in the University’s anti-discrimination policies, that creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive so that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.

What is hazing?

defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or an act that is likely to cause physical or psychological harm to any person within the University community, or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene to prevent (and/or) failing to discourage (and/or) failing to report those acts may also violate this policy.

The information above is from the 200.010 Standard of Conduct.

Depression & Suicide

Every person has mental health as an aspect of their overall health, and it is equally as legitimate and important as physical health. The transition into college life can be a difficult one, and it is normal to feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate, and stress at times during this stage in life. However, when those feelings persist, it may be a sign to seek help.

Suicide Myths and Facts

Myth: people who talk about suicide won’t really do it.
Fact: Almost every person who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Never ignore suicidal statements-Step Up and extend resources.

Myth: If a person is going to attempt suicide, nothing will stop them.
Fact: Most people who attempt suicide remain uncertain of the decision until the final moment. Most suicidal people don’t wish for death; they just want the pain to stop.

Myth: talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
Fact: Bringing up the subject and talking about it is one of the most helpful things you can do for someone who is thinking about suicide. It helps that person feel less alone.

Mental Health Resources

Local Resources

MU Counseling Center

MU Student Health Center

24 hour resources

MU Counseling Center

  • Immediate assistance after hours/weekends/holidays: 573-882-6601

The Missouri Crisis Line is staffed by local vounteers trained to respond to difficulties related to suicide, self-injury, sexual assault, relationship violence, and emotional distress.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will connect you to skilled, trained counselors at a crisis center in your area. They can provide emergency response when appropriate.

The Trevor Lifeline provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to young people who identify as a part of the LGBTQ community (ages 13-24).

The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families with qualified, caring, Department of Veterans Affairs responders through confidential toll-free hotline.

Driving Safety

Most Missouri college students choose not to drink and drive.
In fact, over ¾ of MU students choose not to drive after consuming ANY alcohol!

Drinking slows reaction time, decreases awareness, and impairs judgement. Each day, 13 people ages 16-24 die in an alcohol related crash.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in over 22% of Missouri’s motor vehicle fatalities last year. Don’t drive drunk, and don’t let your friends drive drunk. Not only could they ruin or end their own life, but a drunk driver puts everyone else on the road at risk of death. A driver with a .10 blood alcohol content (BAC) has a 48 times higher risk of being involved in a crash than someone who has not been drinking. A driver with a .15 BAC is 280 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
88% of Mizzou students ALWAYS use their seatbelt!

Myths and Facts

Myth: I don’t need to wear my seatbelt on short trips or at low speeds!
Fact: Fatalities have been recorded as slow as 12 miles per hour on non-belted occupants. In fact, most crashes occur at speeds less than 40 miles per hour. In terms of the length of your trip, 75% of traffic accidents occur within 2/5 miles of your home!

Myth: It’s annoying when the driver tells their passengers to buckle up.
Fact: Most people willingly put on their safety belt when someone reminds them to do so. Step Up! and remind your friends to buckle up.

Inattentive Driving

Using your phone while behind the wheel leads to distracted and dangerous driving. Distracted driving is a contributing cause of 10% of fatal accidents and 30% of total accidents.

  • At 55mph, when you take your eyes off the road for 3-4 seconds you have traveled the length of a football field!
  • Texters are much more prone to drift out of their lane – Steering control is 91% poorer than that of attentive drivers.
  • Step Up! and ask your friend to put their phone down while driving for your safety and theirs. You could even offer to send that text for them!



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Designated driver program that offers free soft drinks to designated drivers at participating bars and restaurants in Columbia. Just tell the waiter/bar tender, “I’m with cheers and I’m a designated driver,” to receive your free refreshments. For a complete list of establishments, visit:

BAC Calculator

Most MU students stay at a .05 BAC or below. Ckeck out our BAC estimator: