Intimidation will get you nowhere

Issues of bullying and cyberbullying have been receiving international attention in recent years. While the conversation is often focused on the behaviours of youth, bullying isn’t limited to schoolyard playgrounds—it’s present throughout our entire lives. Dalhousie University is an inclusive and respectful community, and therefore bullying and harassment is not tolerated. Bullying behaviour may be treated as a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

Taken from the Report of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying, the university defines bullying as, “a repeated behaviour that is intended to cause, or should be known to cause, fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other forms of harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property.”

Bullying can be direct or indirect and can take place by written, verbal, physical or electronic means, or any other form of expression.

Cyberbullying (also referred to as electronic bullying) is a form of bullying that occurs through the use of technology. This can include the use of a computer or other electronic devices, social networks, text messaging, instant messaging, websites, email or other electronic means.

A person participates in bullying if he or she directly carries out the behaviour or assists or encourages the behaviour in any way.

If you need help

There are many resources available on campus to assist you if you find yourself being bullied or harassed. If you live in residence, you can speak with your RA or Residence Life Manager. All students can contact the Student Conduct Office at studentconduct@dal.ca or 902-494-2404, or Dalhousie's social worker at social.worker@dal.ca. In an emergency, contact Dalhousie Security at 902-494-4109.