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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Aug 8;14(8). pii: E888. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14080888.

Adversity in University: Cyberbullying and Its Impacts on Students, Faculty and Administrators.

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1
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University 250-13450-102 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, Canada. cassidy@sfu.ca.
2
Centre for Education, Law & Society, Simon Fraser University, 250-13450-102 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, Canada. cfaucher@sfu.ca.
3
School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada. margarej@sfu.ca.

Abstract

This paper offers a qualitative thematic analysis of the impacts of cyberbullying on post-secondary students, faculty, and administrators from four participating Canadian universities. These findings were drawn from data obtained from online surveys of students and faculty, student focus groups, and semi-structured interviews with faculty members and university administrators. The key themes discussed include: negative affect, impacts on mental and physical health, perceptions of self, impacts regarding one's personal and professional lives, concern for one's safety, and the impact of authorities' (non) response. Students reported primarily being cyberbullied by other students, while faculty were cyberbullied by both students and colleagues. Although students and faculty represent different age levels and statuses at the university, both groups reported similar impacts and similar frustrations at finding solutions, especially when their situations were reported to authorities. It is important that universities pay greater attention to developing effective research-based cyberbullying policies and to work towards fostering a more respectful online campus culture.

KEYWORDS:

campus culture; cyberbullying; health; impacts; post-secondary; relationships; safety; well-being

PMID:
28786941
PMCID:
PMC5580592
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph14080888
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare no conflict of interest. The founding sponsors had no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript, and in the decision to publish the results.

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