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Bullying: It Happens in College Too Topic: Bullying In the College Setting Why is this topic relevant to RAs?  The safety of our resident comes first! Therefore our main goal in the project is to show the many sides of bullying and how it can be anyone who bullies, and in a variety of degrees. It is import for RA’s to recognize how often it occurs in the college setting. What types of challenges may residential face when dealing with this issue?  Bullying undermines both physical and mental health, and often results in poor work performance and low academic achievement. It can cause a range of symptoms, including: Depression Self-doubt and loss of confidence Sleeplessness Loss of appetite Inability to relax or switch off from work and study

What types of challenges may RAs face when dealing with this issue?  RAs could be faced with bullying within a room, in a residence hall or anywhere on campus. The type and extent of bullying may vary but it is important to recognize the signs of bullying and the toll it can take on a residents daily life. However, it is important to note that an RA may witness bullying within their staff and possibly with a higher college official.


Bullying: It Happens in College Too Resources for RAs Recognizing the problem: Are you being bullied? Bullying is the misuse of power and position. It can include: Sadistic or aggressive behavior over a period of time Humiliation or ridiculing Criticism in public designed to humiliate Persistent, unwarranted criticism in private Exclusion from opportunities or privileges offered to others Treating colleagues or students as if they were incompetent

Resources for Students

Rochester Strong Memorial

Rochester Strong Memorial

Rochester Psych Center

Rochester Psych Center

Rochester Police Department

Rochester Police Department

RDs

RDs

Other RAs

RAs

Campus Security

Campus Security

Wellness Center

Wellness Center

Mental Health Counselors

Mental Health Counselors


Bullying: It Happens in College Too Survey conducted by the American Association of University Women reported that 85% of girls and 76% of boys have been sexually harassed in some form and only 18% of those incidences were perpetrated by an adult, most incidences were by students of the same age group 1 in 7 students is either a bully or a victim 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at a college College bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics show 77% of students are bullied mentally, physically, and verbally Experts say bullying could be triggered by a desire to seem cool or to assert social dominance, it can also be a mask for low self-esteem and need for approval In residence halls there is limited privacy so bullying is more likely to occur As RAs we constantly need to be present on the floor to make sure no one is mistreated or bullied. Being mistreated in college does not feel good and someone needs to be there for whoever is being bullied. It is a important part of being an RA that we are there for every single resident Residents are bullied for all sorts of reasons: looks, gender, sexuality, and race are just a few major reasons It is important to mention to high school students that think as soon as they reach college things will be different for them and more times than not they are wrong Suicides in college have greatly increased in recent years leading college officials to believe that there is a problem with bullying


Bullying: It Happens in College Too Case Study Mike, 22, was bullied and physically attacked when he was completing his core requirements. Here he recalls how the attacks and the lack of help at his college made him feel depressed and alone.

I was 19, studying History at college. I didn't have many friends, as I've always been shy. In the Cyber Cafe, I didn't feel confident enough to approach anyone so I'd sit at a table on my own, trying not to attract attention to myself. I felt awkward and I guess that's what the bullies saw; someone they could pick on. It started when a group studying in the year above me hassled me for money. One of them walked over to me in the Cyber Cafe and asked for 20 dollars. I gave him the money hoping that would be the end of it but he and his friends started asking me for money more frequently and insistently. If I said no, they'd keep on at me aggressively until I gave in. Initially it was all verbal. They'd call me names; swear at me, calling me a 'pussy'. Then they became more aggressive, trying to intimidate me. They'd bang into me with their shoulders when I passed them in the Campus Center. As they got bolder, they got more physical and started to shove me around. Things came to a head when I was physically assaulted in the Murphy community bathroom. Four of them followed me in and surrounded me. I tried to get past them but they moved and got in my way. I told them to leave me alone, which was like a red rag to a bull. They started to shove me around. One of them jabbed me in the throat with his fingers, right in my Adam's apple. As I was choking, he kneed me in the stomach. I doubled over in pain as another of the gang pushed me so hard I fell backwards. I smashed the back of my head against the stall door as I fell to the ground. My shoulder smashed into the floor tiles as they laughed at me. I was really scared. My heart was beating fast and I was shaking. They ran out, leaving me on the floor. I felt sick, wanting to cry. My clothes were wet from the toilet floor. I couldn't walk straight and my head was killing me. I couldn't cope with being around anyone, so I left. I didn't ever want to go back there again.


Sources www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/ http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/bullies.html http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2248/is_153_39/ai_n6143558/


Bullying:It Happens in College Too