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Bullying is hostile, destructive behavior, intentional and persistent in nature, directed at another individual. It can be perpetrated by a single individual or a group. Bullying can take on many forms; physical, verbal, relational and cyber.
It is a myth to believe that bullying only occurs between juveniles.
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The use of email, text messages, online video blogs, social networking, web pages, and other electronic means to intentionally harm another individual is cyberbullying. Attacks on persons through cyber space are a growing concern. Harmful statements become easier to send or post as the electronic medium provides the perpetrator distance and even anonymity. The public attacks which occur on the web can be extremely damaging to the victim.
Click here for information on reporting incidents of cyberbullying directly to Facebook. This will take you directly to Facebook.
Victims of bullies suffer from low self esteem, depression and may become suicidal. College students that commit suicide or perpetrate school shootings have often been bullied. What happens to victims?
Some victims turn their anger outward and become hostile and aggressive toward others.
Bullying behavior is a violation of one or more of the rules outlined in the University of Toledo Student Code of Conduct:How is bullying addressed at the University of Toledo?
Rule 5: Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, retaliation or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
Rule 6: Discriminatory harassment or retaliation, verbal, physical or otherwise, based on sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability or handicap, age, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, towards another person that has the purpose or effect of creating an offensive or intimidating living and learning environment, or interferes with the individual’s education or work environment or participation in or benefit from a University class, program, event or activity, or will cause physical or mental injury or any violation of University’s discrimination, harassment or retaliation policies 3364-50-01 or -02, as such may be amended from time to time.
Rule 16: Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting or procuring another person to breach the peace on University Premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the University or members of the University community.
What is hazing?
Hazing is simply a more systematic form of bullying defined as doing, requiring, or
encouraging an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts and are also violations in their own right. Hazing is a violation of rule 9 of the University of Toledo Student Code of Conduct.
How do I report an incident of bullying or hazing?
There is no place for bullying on the UT campus. If you have been the victim of bullying or know someone who has, please submit a report to your Resident Assistant (RA), Hall Director, Professor, or to the UT Police. You can also contact the people listed at the bottom of this web page.
Need to report a bullying incident? Click here.
All reports are thoroughly investigated to the full extent of the information provided.
If someone threatens to cause physical harm to you or another, call the police. If the threat occurred on campus, contact UT Police at 419.530.2600.
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