Cyberbullying is treated as a form of harassment and intimidation under the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, Part I., C. While IU Southeast recognizes and encourages freedom of expression, members of the campus community have the right to be free from harassment, conduct that interferes with an individual’s academic performance, or a learning environment that is intimidating, hostile, or offensive. Cyberbullying constitutes conduct that may compromise the security of the university or the integrity of the educational process. We uphold our institutional values when we ensure the highest level of mutual respect and a culture of inclusion and dignity for all.
Cyberbullying violates several standards of the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, specifically, Part II., H.5, H.18, H.19a., H.21a., H.25, H.26. Cyberbullying may come in the form of emails, text messages, or the use of online social networking sites, cell phones or cameras. Social networking sites include, but are not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vine, and blogs. Cyberbullying is also prohibited by Indiana state law and falls under Intimidation (IC 35-45-2-1), Harassment (IC 35-45-2-2), and Unlawful use of a communications medium (IC 35-45-2-3). The University will not tolerate lewd, intimidating or other forms of harassing conduct by or toward members of its community. It is important that students report being harassed to University Police, the Office of the Dean of Student Life, and/or the Office of Equity and Diversity to investigate the issue, discuss options and student rights, as well as to provide on-campus or off-campus resources as needed.
Cyberbullying and other electronic communication information and resources are available through University Information Technology Services:
The National Crime Prevention Council provides Frequently Asked Questions about Cyberbullying, which can be seen below.
Being a victim of cyberbullying can be a common and painful experience. People who cyberbully or cyber stalk:
Of people surveyed by the National Crime Prevention Council (2010), 81 percent said that cyberbullies think their actions are funny. Other's believe those who cyberbully:
Contrary to what cyberbullies may believe, cyberbullying is a big deal, and can cause a variety of reactions. Some people have reacted in positive ways to try to prevent cyberbullying by:
Young adults and youth who are cyberbullied report feeling angry, hurt, embarrassed or scared. These emotions can cause victims, similar to other forms of harassment, to react by
Some people feel threatened because they may not know who is cyberbullying them. Although cyberbullies may think they are anonymous, they can be found. If you are cyberbullied or harassed and need help, save all communication with the cyberbully and talk to your CA, University Police, the Office of Equity and Diversity, or the Office of the Dean of Student Life.
Remember that the Internet is accessed by millions of people all over the world, not just your friends and family. While many Internet users are friendly, some may want to hurt you.
Below are some ways to stay cyber-safe: