The College defines bullying as “repeated inappropriate behavior, either direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical, or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment.” Such behavior violates the College policy that all employees will be treated with dignity and respect.
The purpose of this policy is to communicate to all employees, including supervisors, managers, and executives, that the College will not tolerate bullying behavior. Employees found in violation of this policy will be disciplined up to and including termination.
Bullying may be intentional or unintentional. However, it must be noted that where an allegation of bullying is made, the intention of the alleged bully is irrelevant and will not be given consideration when administering discipline. As in sexual harassment, it is the effect of the behavior upon the individual that is important. The College considers the following types of behavior examples of bullying:
- Verbal bullying: Slandering, ridiculing, or maligning a person or his/her family; persistent name calling that is hurtful, insulting, or humiliating; using a person as the butt of jokes; abusive and offensive remarks.
- Physical bullying: Pushing, shoving, kicking, poking, tripping, assault or threat of physical assault; damage to a person’s work area or property.
- Gesture bullying: Nonverbal threatening gestures or glances that convey threatening messages.
- Exclusion: Socially or physically excluding or disregarding a person in work-related activities.