Bullying is a pattern of aggressive behaviour meant to hurt or cause discomfort to another person. Bullies rely on power to harm others, and power comes from physical size, strength, status, or support within the peer group.
Harassment occurs when a student is subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct because of race, religious belief, colour, gender, physical or mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status or sexual orientation.
Sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual behaviour that makes a student feel uncomfortable and interferes with the student’s participation in the academic environment.
Harassment and bullying can be…
Physical: a person is harmed or their property damaged. Some examples are:
- Slapping, hitting, pinching, punching, kicking, unwelcome touching
- Locking in a confined space; extortion; breaking or stealing belongings
Verbal: a person’s feelings are hurt through insults and name-calling. Some examples are:
- Name-calling, threats, unwelcome teasing or taunting, spreading rumours, gossiping
- Racist, sexist or homophobic comments
Social: a person is shunned or excluded from groups and events. Some examples are:
- Excluding from a group, ignoring, mocking
- Threatening, insulting or demeaning graffiti, notes, letters, emails, telephone calls
Cyberbullying is form of verbal or social bullying. It is:
- Repeated use of technology to harass, humiliate or threaten.
Source: Newfoundland Labrador Department of Education; and Holladay 2011
What can you do if you witness an act of harassment or bullying?
- Speak up and offer support for the victim.
- Encourage the victim to report the harassment or bullying.
- Report what you observe.
- Work with your Student Union and College administration to bring awareness to your campus.
What can you do if you are being harassed or bullied?
- Manage your emotions. Bullies take pleasure in emotionally manipulating people.
- Acknowledge that this is not about you, it's about the bully. Maintain your self- confidence.
- Use social skills, such as assertiveness, instead of aggression and intimidation.
- Ask the bully to stop, and then walk away. Avoid retaliation.
- Defuse the situation with humour.
- Spend time in groups of students you trust.
- Contact Langara Counselling or Health Services for emotional support or health assistance.
- Report the behaviour if it doesn’t stop. Jump to Contact Information.
If you are being bullied online:
- Save the messages as evidence. Don’t respond to bullying or inappropriate messages.
- Block the email addresses and cell phone numbers of people who send unwanted messages.
- File complaints with service providers (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail etc.)
- When in doubt about what to do, log off the computer.
- Report the behaviour.
Where do I go if I think I’m being harassed or bullied?
If you are worried about your personal safety, please contact Campus Safety and Security or the Police right away. You can also seek assistance from Counselling and/or Health Services. Contact information is below.
If you feel you are being harassed or bullied by a student:
If you feel you are being harassed or bullied by an instructor:
Consult Langara’s Concerns about Instruction Policy, or get in touch with your Department or Division Chair. You can also consult Langara’s Human Rights Policy, or get in touch with the Director, Labour Relations and Human Rights.
If you feel you are being harassed or bullied by an employee:
Make a report to the department supervisor.
If you feel you are being cyber-bullied:
Consult Langara’s Computer Use Policy and get in touch with the Office of Student Conduct and Judicial Affairs.
Langara Counselling Department
Langara Health Services
Human Resources Department, Labour Relations & Human Rights
Campus Safety and Security
Phone: 604.374.2373 or 4444 from an internal phone
Student Conduct & Judicial Affairs