Harassment, bullying, sexual assault and other violence
CUP HARASSMENT & BULLYING POLICY
Harassment and bullying, by their very nature and the ill will and hurt they produce, are un-Christian and cruel acts and are prohibited at Christ’s University in Pacific. The very opposite is promoted: "…Love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:37-39). All members of the University community have a right to feel safe and secure at all times.
Bullying, or harassment, is defined as follows:
- Harass - trouble or annoy, make repeated attacks on a person
- Bully - person who uses his or her strength or power to frighten or hurt weaker people
It is aggressive behaviour that has the intent to hurt another person or intentionally exclude them, it is often repeated, persistent, involves someone getting hurt or being excluded and the person doing the bullying or harassment, gaining enjoyment from seeing the distress of another.
- To help staff and students identify bullying and harassment when and where they occur.
- To provide clear procedures to deal with bullying and harassment.
- To teach all staff and students these procedures.
- To teach students and staff how to relate to others without the need to bully or harass.
- To support and restore those who have experienced bullying or harassment.
- To provide a safe and happy University environment.
- Staff and students will be taught the nature of bullying and harassment, how to recognize the signs and the effect they can have on a person.
- Staff and students will be expected to be vigilant in noticing bullying and/ or harassment either in the classroom or on the campus.
- When bullying is identified involving a student, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs must investigate each incident and follow procedures to deal with it.
- When harassment of a staff member occurs, either by another staff member or an outside person then the matter will be reported to the Vice-Chancellor.
- Students and staff will be given clear guidelines on how to respond if they are the recipients of harassment of bullying.
- Students who are bullied, or staff who are harassed, will be offered support.
- ARTICULATION OF POLICY
- The Vice-Chancellor will present and explain this policy to staff at staff meetings and require all staff members to follow the policy.
- The Vice-Chancellor and elected others will explain to staff the procedure to be followed in dealing with bullying and harassment and require all staff members to follow this procedure.
- Students will be told in classrooms and assemblies that bullying is prohibited at CUP and students found to be bullying will be disciplined accordingly. Staff will be warned in staff meetings that harassment of fellow staff members will not be tolerated.
When student bullying is identified, a staff member will undertake the following:
- Interview the victim(s) and the bully(ies) and learn what happened, when it happened, the frequency and extent of the bullying and any other pertinent information.
- Offer support, teaching and encouragement to the victim, being aware of psychological damage to the victim's self-esteem. Provide the victim with positive reinforcement and assist them to an understanding and belief that he/she does not deserve to be bullied.
- Discipline the bully(ies) according to the severity of the bullying. Suggestions include:
- Acknowledgement of bullying and offer of apology and request for forgiveness.
- Penalty time or alternative tasks.
- Period of exclusion including letter to parent.
- Check with all parties concerned that things have improved after a week or agreed upon time.
- Follow-up incidents of bullying by recording such on the student's Cumulative Record card. A student found to have bullied on more than one occasion will be sent to the –Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs for discipline.
- If bullying persists, a meeting will be arranged with the student and his/her parents where a written warning will be issued. The consequence of a third incident of bullying could be suspension or expulsion.
- Further behaviours that CUP considers unacceptable on its premises or elsewhere, are: looking at offensive images on the Internet, using a cell-phone to take photos of others without their knowledge or permission, texting offensive messages to other CUP students, and the disclosure of other students’ private information.
This policy is to be reviewed annually by the Equity & Diversity; Health & Safety; Harassment Policy and Prevention Committee.