Help is available to you if you or someone you know has been affected by bullying on campus or on university business.

Bullying can be defined as unsolicited, unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel undermined, humiliated or intimidated. It can take place between peers or between individuals of different levels of seniority.

A single instance isn’t always significant on its own – it’s often the repetition and cumulative effects of behaviour that fit the definition of bullying.

Examples of bullying

Bullying can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • written or verbal threats
  • physical gestures or actions
  • insulting, patronising, aggressive or intimidating behaviour, including offensive language
  • actions, behaviour, or words which humiliate, threaten, patronise or undermine
  • an abuse or misuse of power which is intended to undermine, embarrass, denigrate or injure
  • cyber bullying, such as:

               o   inappropriate texts, emails or voice messages

               o   sending inappropriate images by phone or the internet

               o   abuse through chat rooms, instant messenger or social networking sites

  • unjustifiable exclusion, such as:

               o   withholding information

               o   isolating people or refusing to co-operate with them

  • spreading malicious lies about another person.
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