Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Dena R. Kniess


Sexual violence is one of the leading health and safety concerns on college campuses, and the social Greek Life community is just one organization that has seen high incidents of sexual violence perpetuated within the community. This study was designed to examine what the impact of education in bystander intervention would have on Greek Life students' ability to identify risk factors for sexual violence, and intervene in a situation should they encounter it. Using a qualitative approach, the researcher interviewed five students affiliated with a social sorority or social fraternity on campus. Participants were interviewed twice; once at the beginning of the study, and again after attending and participating in a presentation on sexual violence and bystander intervention facilitated by the health education center on campus. Results indicated students felt prepared to both identify risk factors for sexual violence, and effectively intervene in a situation of potential or active sexual violence, while also being mindful of their own safety. Participants provided responses to proposed scenarios and how they would intervene in a situation of sexual violence, and participants also shared their ideologies formed due to socialized norms of women and sexuality that could hinder their response.