Bullying/Cyberbullying - IHE

Bullying Cyberbullying
Higher Education

Bullying is “a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions.” Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place online.

Bullying at IHEs threatens students’ ability to learn and live in a safe environment. It contributes to unsafe, hostile campus environments and can lead students to drop out of school. It can also be illegal. While there are currently no federal laws that address bullying, if the bullying is based on bias—such as bullying someone about their race, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability status—it overlaps with discriminatory harassment and violates federal civil rights laws. Moreover, IHEs that receive federal funding are obligated to address bullying incidents on campus.

Featured Resources

2023 Intimate Partner Violence Resource

Provides a downloadable report highlighting student parents' experiences with intimate partner violence.


Provides information on the harmful effects that bullying can have on student mental health. Young people who are bullied are more likely to feel lonely and want to avoid school. They are more likely to have symptoms of depression, which could contribute to their risk for suicide.

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