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About Green Dot

Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy that mobilizes students, staff, and faculty to reduce rates of sexual and relationship violence at SUNY Canton. Simply put: a green dot is an individual choice to help make SUNY Canton safer. Colleges and communities are using the Green Dot program across the United States.

A green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our community safer.

What is Green Dot?

A green dot is a moment in time when someone uses their words or behaviors to stop power based violence from occurring. Power based violence is an act of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking or dating violence. We refer to these acts of violence as red dots.

There are two types of Green Dots:


You see a red dot occurring and you do something to stop it. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it can be something small. Examples of green dots are: asking a friend if they need help, sharing your concern with a Ra or asking to borrow the phone of someone who is in a risky situation.


Things we can do to stop red dots before they ever start. Examples of proactive green dots are: having a conversation with your friends about ending red dots, hand a green dot poster in your residence hall, ask your instructor to bring an overview talk to your class.

How Do I Create Green Dots?

  • It won't end unless you do something. So what's your green dot?Challenge jokes that minimize violence.
  • Make sure a friend who is incapacitated due to drugs/alcohol gets home safety.
  • Call University Police if you see any high-risk situations. From a campus phone, call x7777; from a cell phone, call 315-386-7777.
  • Speak up if you are concerned a friend is in an abusive relationship.
  • Leave a party with the friends you came with.
  • Talk to your friends about the importance of being a bystander. Refer your friends to resources when they need help.
  • Talk to the students in your student group about the importance of looking out for each other. And so many more! What’s your Green Dot?

Attend a Bystander Training

Maximize your impact as an active bystander by attending a Green Dot training. As part of the training you will build skills to recognize red dots, examine your own barriers towards taking action, and gain the ability to intervene early in situations that can lead to violence. You’ll learn about proactive and reactive green dots and figure out what green dots make the most sense for your life.

Click here to request a Green Dot overview talk or attend a bystander intervention training.

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