Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Harassment

The university is committed to providing a learning environment that promotes equity, inclusion, and the opportunity to succeed for all students. As members of the University community, we must all be committed to ensuring that students, staff, and faculty are treated with dignity and respect.

As part of ongoing efforts by California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office, and the State of California, to adopt and promote policies that address harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying, we have created the resources on this page to inform CSUF students of their rights and responsibilities around bullying and harassment.

What is Bullying and Harassment?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior, that may occur once or be repeated, that is done with the intention to control or harm other individuals. Bullying may include behaviors like making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically, verbally, or excluding someone from a group on purpose. This can occur in person and/or online.

There are a few types of bullying:

o Verbal bullying – saying or writing mean things. This can include teasing, name calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, or threatening harm.
o Social Bullying – actions that intend to harm someone’s reputation or relationships. This can include intentional exclusion of someone, spreading rumors, or embarrassing someone in public.
o Physical Bullying – causing bodily harm or damage to someone’s body or possessions. This can include physical action like hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, pushing, tripping, or making inappropriate gestures to someone.
o Cyberbullying – is an aggressive, intentional act or behavior that is carried out by a group or an individual, using electronic forms of contact. This can occur repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend themselves. This can include:

• Posting comments or rumors about someone online that are mean, hurtful, or embarrassing
• Threatening to hurt someone or telling them to kill themselves.
• Posting a mean or hurtful picture or video.
• Pretending to be someone else online in order to solicit or post personal or false information about someone else.
• Posting mean or hateful names, comments, or content about any race, religion, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics online.
• Creating a mean or hurtful webpage about someone.
• Doxing - to threaten and destroy the privacy of individuals by making their personal information public, including addresses, social security, credit card and phone numbers, links to social media accounts, and other private data.

Student Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Bullying and Harassment

o All students have the right to participate fully in CSUF programs and activities free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
o All CSUF students must abide by the campus policies listed below that prohibit harassment, intimidation, and bullying (this also includes cyberbullying). It is the responsibility of all CSUF students to know these policies and abide by them.
o Title 5, Section 41301: Standards for Student ConductPDF File
o Executive Order 1097: Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, harassment, and Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and StalkingPDF File
o Bullying and harassment falls under Title 5, 41301 subsection (7), which can be found in the Standards for Student Conduct and specifically states: “Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the University community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, or sexual misconduct.”
o If a student is alleged to have violated any of the policies listed above, they will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

How Do I Combat Bullying and Cyberbullying?

o Report incidents of bullying/cyberbullying and Contact the website operator or appropriate campus offices to initiate a complaint.
o Do not delete or dispose of online communications (threats, comments, postings, etc.) It could be evidence.
o Save or make copies of photographs, comments, postings, videos, etc. for reporting purposes.
o Do not touch or otherwise remove offensive or unauthorized postings on campus. Report them to the appropriate offices or the University Police Department.
o Avoid participating on forums or sites that encourage anonymous posts.
o Update privacy settings on social media to a level you are comfortable with.

Where Can I Report Bullying and Cyberbullying?

You can report any concerns of possible bullying and cyberbullying to the Office of Student Conduct. You can submit a report through the Online Reporting Form. You can also contact the Office of Student Conduct by emailing studentconduct@fullerton.edu.

References and Resources

Our standards of student conduct are not only outlined in the University Policies listed below, but are also in the policy section of the Student Handbook
o Title 5, Section 41301: Standards for Student ConductPDF File
o Executive Order 1097PDF File
o Office of Student Conduct
o Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation (DHR)
o Title IX and Gender Equity
o University Police Department