Become A Certified Bystander

As our bystander intervention strategy on campus, greeNDot teaches, through the lens of a bystander, the skills necessary to recognize individual decisions, moments, values and actions that contribute to a culture of harm and bystander inaction (red dots).

It also provides strategies on how to act, both reactively and proactively, to these situations so our campus is safer (green dots). A reactive green dot can be directly addressing a situation, delegating to someone else for help, or distracting a situation from occurring. A proactive green dot is something a person does to send a message that we are a community that takes care of one another. It can be as simple as posting an awareness message on an Instagram page.

Simply put, a green dot is an individual choice at any given moment to make Notre Dame safer. 

Our objective is to train and certify engaged and proactive bystanders campus wide to communicate that harm will not be tolerated in our community and everyone has a responsibility to care for one another. The national certification training is 4-hours and is focused on interpersonal violence scenarios such as sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

Overview presentations, which are shorter introductions or reviews of the bystander skills and concepts, are also available on topics such as mental health, discrimination and harassment, alcohol awareness, as well as interpersonal violence. 

To sign up for the certified bystander intervention training, go to

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Upcoming Trainings:

Stay tuned for Fall 2023 Bystander Training dates.

Deadline to register is 3 business days prior to each training date.

Overview Modules

  • Promotes safe & healthy community where everyone has role as sister’s or brother’s keeper
  • Includes examples from our topical modules: interpersonal violence, diversity, equity, & inclusion, mental health, and alcohol abuse (can also request 60 min. overviews of violence prevention bystander training).


Explores red dots that are harmful and are result of someone devaluing another person based on an aspect of their identity.


Extends the understanding of a red dot to noticing when someone is experiencing mental health challenges that could lead to harming themselves or others.



If your residence hall, club, team, organization, or student group would like to organize a greeNDot training, please email Private trainings are limited and based on facilitator availability.