The Truth about Bullying on College Campuses
Although bullying is often thought to end with high school, the truth is college campuses unfortunately also provide opportunities for bullying to continue. A large scale analysis of bullying behaviors in colleges found that between 20-25% of college students report being bullied and 10-15% report being cyberbullied with social media, text message, email, and instant messages as the most common methods of harassment (Lund and Ross, 2016). Bullying is prevalent in colleges mostly due to a less restrictive environment compared with high school, more time spent together particularly in dorms, easy access to electronic resources and more pressure, both academic and peer, which can magnify insecurities and inadequacies in those who bully. However, unlike elementary and high school, there is often a lack of support from family or friends in college, making it harder to “bounce back” from the bullying. As a result of this harassment, many students experience anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts or actions (Tennant, Demaray, Coyle, and Malecki, 2015).
So what can be done? Well, most people who experience bullying in college don’t talk about it because they think they can handle it on their own or they may feel embarrassed. Having a strong support network of friends, family members, even RAs, can mitigate some of these concerns (Tennant, Demaray, Coyle, and Malecki, 2015). Most colleges also have resources on campus that can help when someone is being bullied. At CSUCI, Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS) can provide a safe, confidential space to share and explore ways to deal with bullying. Our Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation (CARE) can assist in filing an online report, and Title IX Coordinator, Brittany Grice, can offer resources and support to those experiencing harassment, sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, and stalking. There are also many online resources, including NoBullying.com, StopBullying.gov, and Not In Our Town, that offer information regarding bullying, what you can do about it, and how to get help if you or someone you know is being bullied. There is no room for bullying on college campuses. If you or someone you know is currently being harassed, please refer to the resources above for assistance. You are NEVER alone.
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Not In Our Town, Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities: https://www.niot.org/nios/collegeresources
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