Programs & Outreach

Stand Up Carolina

    Stand Up Carolina is USC’s bystander accountability initiative led by Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP). Stand Up Carolina aims to shift our campus culture to one of greater bystander accountability through educating, empowering, and advocating for our campus community members. We recognize the important role each of us play in keeping our campus safe and well so we hope to encourage our entire Carolina family to step in and speak up when they need to. We want everyone to feel a sense of comfort and responsibility in their role as a bystander and understand that they can make a difference.

    Inspired by the Green Dot model of community violence prevention and their bystander intervention program, SAVIP has worked to build a facilitation team that presents to University 101, student groups and organizations, and faculty and staff. Stand Up Carolina also encompasses the annual Hero Awards that recognizes accountable bystanders on campus and other outreach efforts.

    Contact the SAVIP office at 803-777-8248 for more information about the Stand Up Carolina Train the Facilitator Program or Hero Awards.

    Train the Facilitator Program

    Stand Up Carolina is a two hour program that empowers participants to be active bystanders in our USC community and beyond. Facilitators included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff who desire to increase the number of active bystanders on campus and in the community and make USC a safer and more positive environment for those who live, work, and study here.

    We present to groups, classes, and organizations all over campus. If you would like to schedule a Stand Up Carolina presentation for a group you are a part of, click here. We would love to partner with you!

    If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, let us know that as well! Please click here to fill out an interest form and we will follow up with more information regarding the application process. If selected to be a facilitator, we provide the training and preparation you will need to present to groups all over campus!

Stand Up Carolina Hero Awards

    8th Annual Stand Up Carolina Hero Awards

    Call for Nominations

    Do you know a University of South Carolina student, faculty, or staff member who has stood up to help a campus community member and had a significant impact on that person’s life?

    If so, nominate them for a Stand Up Carolina Hero Award!

    The annual Stand Up Carolina Hero Awards recognize accountable bystanders - community members who stand up, speak out, and make a difference in the lives of others. They are true heroes.

    Through a variety of actions and deeds, large and small, Stand Up Carolina Hero Award recipients have helped friends, classmates, coworkers, and even complete strangers. They gave someone a ride, called for help, intervened in an unsafe situation, provided support, or referred someone to resources that could help. Our heroes pay attention to what is going on around them and to the needs of others.

    Nominations for the 2017 Stand Up Carolina Hero Awards will open September 2016 and close March 2017. The date for the 8th annual Stand Up Carolina Hero Awards banquet will take place March 29, 2017 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Russell House Ballroom.

    View our 2016 Heroes

    Nominate someone you know!

    RSVP your attendance for the Stand Up Carolina Hero Awards Ceremony

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) takes place every October. The goal of DVAM is to increase the community’s understanding of intimate partner violence, educate about prevention and resources, and support survivors who have experienced intimate partner violence.

    Check back soon for updates regarding SAVIP’s DVAM programming and outreach in 2017!


Stalking Awareness Month

    Stalking Awareness Month takes place every January. The goal of Stalking Awareness Month is to increase the community’s understanding of stalking, educate about prevention and resources, and support survivors who have experienced stalking.

    Cyberstalking Awareness, January 23, 2017, 11:00am - 1:00pm, RH Lobby (1st floor): Come learn how to protect yourself online and with social media! Interactive games and examples will be used to make sure all UofSC students are proactive and knowledgeable about their online presence.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) takes place every April. The goal of SAAM is to increase the community’s understanding of sexual assault and violence, educate about prevention and resources, and support survivors who have experience any form of sexual assault or violence.

    Check back soon for updates regarding SAVIP’s SAAM programming and outreach for April 2017!


Women’s Self Defense

    SAVIP partners with USC’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety to offer Women’s Self Defense workshops and mini-workshops.

    These workshops are a hands-on, full contact training and will be held from 12-4 p.m. in the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center room 116. Participation is not mandatory, and attendees can observe without contact if they feel uncomfortable.

    Class size is limited to 30 women, so register early to secure your place. To register, email with your name, phone number, and date of workshop you wish to attend.

    For more information, click here. If you have questions, please contact SAVIP by calling 803-777-8248.

    The dates for the workshops that will be offered are:

    • September 22
    • October 27
    • November 10
    • December 1

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