Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Harassment Policy 13-14

Category: Bullying Policies School: Gettysburg College Statement Rating: Yellow

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Personal Harassment and Bullying

Although bullying does not rise to the level of harassment, the College believes that these behaviors are inappropriate and inconsistent with our mission. In addition, these are hurtful behaviors that interfere with the right for those in our community to live in an environment conducive to learning. Bullying is unwelcome or unreasonable behavior that demeans, offends, or humiliates people either as individuals or as a group. Bullying behavior is often persistent and part of a pattern, but it can also occur as a single incident. It is usually carried out by an individual but can also be an aspect of group behavior.

“Mobbing” is a particular type of bullying behavior carried out by a group rather than by an individual. Mobbing is the bullying or social isolation of a person through collective unjustified accusations, humiliation, general harassment, or emotional abuse. Although it is group behavior, specific incidents such as an insult or a practical joke may be carried out by an individual as part of mobbing behavior.

Examples of Bullying

Performed alone or in a group might include but are not limited to:

  • Name calling, insults, physical gestures.
  • Playing hurtful or malicious jokes to embarrass.
  • Encouraging others to exclude socially someone; spreading rumors or lying that damages someone’s social reputation or social acceptance.
  • Cyber-bullying (including bullying via social media, email, text, or other forms of electronic communication).

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