Cyber Bullying via social media sites

The term “Cyber Bullying” is more commonly associated with childhood bullying, however, adults within the workplace may also experience cyber bullying via social media sites. The University will not accept any form of bullying or harassment by members of University staff.

The following examples are provided to illustrate the type of activity or behaviour, displayed through social media communications, which the University considers to be forms of cyber bullying:

• Spreading rumours, lies or malicious gossip.
• Intimidating or aggressive behaviour.
• Offensive or threatening comments.
• Posting comments/photos etc, deliberately mocking an individual with the intention to embarrass or humiliate them.

Please note that cyber bullying may also take place via other means such as email, text or instant messaging.

If you are experiencing cyber bullying

Any employee who is experiencing cyber bullying by another member of University staff, will have the support of the University in seeking to ensure that the bullying ceases.

If you believe you are being subjected to any form of cyber bullying, it is important as an initial step, to make clear to the alleged bully/harasser that his/her behaviour is unacceptable and you wish it to stop.

In some cases, the individual may be unaware that his/her behaviour is seen to be offensive or inappropriate and often, once they recognise that their comments are unacceptable, the undesired behaviour will cease.

It is also possible that his/her comments may have been misinterpreted and if this is the case, any misinterpretation can be cleared up quickly.

If this approach is unsuccessful and the bullying continues, staff are advised to follow the University’s Dignity at Work guidelines.