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Computing Services' Statement on Cyberbullying

Bullying is when someone hurts or scares another person repeatedly. The behavior is never appropriate and is intentional. Such acts include name calling, inflicting physical pain, exclusion, public humiliation, hurtful pranks, and defacing one’s property. Bullying involves an imbalance of power. Victims feel alone, depressed, scared, and as if they have nowhere to turn. Bullying also can happen online or electronically. Cyberbullying is when people harass each other using the Internet, mobile phones, or other cyber technology. This can include:

  • Posting pictures or messages in blogs or on websites, which criticize individuals on the basis of their actual or perceived race, religion, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation or behaviors, socioeconomic status, or other distinguishing personal characteristics, especially when done anonymously
  •  Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies

No person, regardless of racial or ethnic background, appearance, sexual orientation, or beliefs, should ever be bullied.

Dartmouth's IT Security Group investigates incidents of cyber bullying. Results of our investigations are provided to Dartmouth’s Undergraduate Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action. If laws are violated, Dartmouth refers the matter to law enforcement immediately, and criminal charges and arrest may result.

Contact Dartmouth Safety and Security immediately regarding cyber bullying issues: [email protected]uth.EDU (603) 646-4000

Some of this information courtesy of © STOMP Out Bullying™ 2007 – 2013

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