The Four D’s of Intervention
When you see a potentially unsafe situation …
Direct – Step in and address the situation directly.
Example: “That’s not cool. Please Stop” or “Hey, leave them alone.”
Distract – Create a distraction to suppress the situation.
Example: “Hey aren’t you in my Spanish class?”
Delegate – Find someone who can help you intervene.
Example: You could contact an R.A., a campus police officer, or a faculty or staff member.
Delay – It may be best to delay any action for a few minutes.
Example: If you are in a group, you could delay your intervention by asking the person to use the restroom with you.
Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Student Union 330, P.O. Box # 1
1301 E Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37132