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Step 3: Act

Mavericks take action.

While we all have differing comfort levels as it relates to intervention, it is helpful to note that intervention strategies can look very differently. No matter what way individuals choose to take action, they are still choosing to intervene. We want people to asses for safety and choose a form of action that best works for the circumstance.

Safety is important

You must always balance action with safety. No matter the circumstance your safety is a priority, always assess your safety as you decide to take action.

  • Decision Making Process

    • Questions to ask:
      • Is this a risky situation?
      • Am I a part of the solution?
      • How can I keep myself safe?
      • What are my available options?
      • Who can I call for help?
      • What are the pros and cons of the selected action?

Forms of Action:

  • Direct Action: An active approach to intervening that requires direct articulation or expression of concern with the situation

  • Indirect Action: Also known as a 'detour' approach involving less visible forms of intervening

What does Action Look Like?

  • Ask questions/get clarity

  • Create a distraction

  • Talk/address directly

  • Follow up, check in, and offer resources related to the issue to the person being impacted

  • Get other people involved

  • Reporting

    • Call 911 or UTAPD 817-272-3003 or non-emergency number 817-272-3381
    • Behavior Intervention Team 817-272-2354

Examples of Action:

  • R: My friend has been missing class lately and posted “I wish I wouldn’t wake up” as a status, I wonder if something is wrong?

    • C: I am afraid of what could happen if I don’t reach out, I think I will.
      • A:  I called my friend and asked him how he was. He said he was having a rough time. I invited him to lunch and told him about CAPS.
      • R: She really is not that interested, but she starts to leave with him anyway. What should I do?
        • C:  I care about her and she shouldn’t have to do any she doesn’t want to do, I will do something about this.
          • A:  I let her know she can come with me instead.
          • R: He told her to stop and she continued anyway. How can I help?
            • C: This is wrong and I need to do something about this. I have to say or do something
              • A: I joined the conversation, and said “hey that’s not cool”.
              • R: My friend told me that she really wasn’t ready but he continued anyway. I think she was sexually assaulted what can I do?
                • C: I’ll feel better knowing I did something.
                  • A:  I asked her how she felt and let her know that what happened was not okay. I offered to go with her to RVSP.
                  • R:  He looks like he had too much to drink, should I get him some water?
                    • C:  I would want someone to help me if I was in that situation.
                      • A:  I offered water and started a conversation.
                      • R:  This party looks like it’s getting out of control, I wonder if anybody else feels this way?
                        • C: I care about my friends and I don’t want them to get in trouble.
                          • A:  I feel like this is getting out of control, I don’t want my friends to get hurt, so I made an anonymous phone call to the police.

Please note that in cases where immediate or urgent response is necessary, call the UT Arlington Police Department at 817-272-3003.

Otherwise, it is important that we know our campus resources in order to better know how to take action. These resources can be provided to others as an intervention, or can help you determine what steps to take next.

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