Green Dot for Students

College students are being harmed on college campuses everywhere, including ours.  Something unexpected can happen at any time to any one of us.  At Saint Mary’s College, we are choosing to do something to help prevent violence from occurring by creating an environment of awareness and partnership; where we all look out for one another.  We need your help to make this happen!  A culture of care needs more than just a few people doing big things but rather requires each of us to do a small thing to create a culture at Saint Mary’s where everyone is safe.  So what can you do to help?  A lot!!! 

Use the 3 D's: Direct, Delegate, and Distract!

Direct: Do something yourself (like ask someone to stop what they're doing, or check on someone you might be worried about).

Delegate: If you can't do something yourself because of your barriers, ask friends to help, talk to a trusted RA, a coach, and a faculty or staff member, or a trusted peer. Tell the bartender to check in or a family friend. Leave an anonymous note for the coach, staff member, etc.

Distract: If you don't want to address the situation directly or even acknowledge that you see it, try to think of a distraction that will diffuse the situation or calm things down in the moment. One distraction might be "accidently" spilling a drink; asking to borrow the phone of someone who is in a risky situation; asking for a ride or starting an unrelated conversation. 

Green Dots for Everyone

  • Believe that rape, abuse, and stalking are unacceptable and say it out loud.
  • Have conversations about ending violence with your friends and family.
  • Wear green dot gear.
  • Add "green dot supporter" to your e-mail signature.
  • Get someone else to intervene if you can't.
  • Be a knowledgeable resource for victims.
  • Attend violence prevention events.
  • Make a contribution or volunteer for your local service provider.
  • Check in with your friends if you are concerned about their safety and get them connected to campus resources for help.

Attend a Training

Are you interested in being more involved in Green Dot at SMC?  Consider attending a Green Dot training!  The trainings are designed to give you the skills you need in order to do green dots in your everyday life.  Through videos, group conversation, discussions, role plays, and interactive activities, we will learn about how to detect a red dot, the barriers that exist for all of us sometimes when we try to do green dots, and how to find the most helpful green dot for every situation.  If you are interested in attending or interested in learning more information, please email the Green Dot Team at  Trainings are free and include food, materials, and giveaways!