By Alyson Feis
The college seems to be taking a step in the right direction when it comes to the nation wide issue of bullying. In recent years various individuals and organizations have shed light on the issue, hoping to decrease the acts of bullying and ultimately end bullying all together.
As of Aug. 21 the college Board of Trustees established a new Anti-Bullying Policy. The policy will help ensure that the college continues to maintain a student/faculty body that respects the welfare of each other.
The policy explains what bullying is, who can be effected, and what to do if you are being bullied by another student, or faculty member.
Bullying can be defined as an aggressive or hostile act conducted by an individual or group of individuals with the intension to humiliate, mentally/physically injure, intimidate and/or control another individual or group of individuals.
I don’t believe the development of a college policy will help prevent bullying from occurring on campus, however, I do believe having the Anti-Bullying Policy is important.
Bullying is a behavior, and like any other behavior, bullying is learned. People who engage in bullying may, or may not realize they could cause serious distress to the person they are victimizing. Likewise, victims of bullying may not understand why they have become a victim.
By the time students reach the college level they should have gained exposure to multiple anti-bullying campaigns at various times throughout their lives.
I think that bullying is less likely to occur at a commuter school, and therefore I don’t think bullying on campus is wide spread.
Whether bullying is frequently occurring on campus or not, the development of the Anti-Bullying Policy is definitely beneficial to students and staff members who may feel victimized.
I don’t know if the new policy will cause any dramatic changes on campus, however, students can take comfort in knowing they attend a college that values the well being of both students and faculty.