Cyber-Bullying

Cyber-Bullying

Cyber-Bullying/Invasion of Privacy

The recent suicide of a Rutgers University student, a victim of “cyber-bullying” and invasion of privacy, has resulted in significant dialogue throughout the country as to the potential misuse of communication technology within our society. For many students, e-mailing, text messaging, chatting and blogging are considered a primary means of communication and an integral part of their social lives. Increasingly, however, some of these same individuals are abusing the technology associated with the Internet and cell phones to spy on, intimidate, bully and harass others. A natural outgrowth of this national discussion and a more immediate solution to this ever-growing issue is the strengthening of related local, state, and federal laws, as well as college and university codes of conduct.
 
This memorandum is being sent to clarify New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) position on this issue. Please understand that any form of cyber-bullying, invasion of privacy, or harassment through the use of NJCU technology resources and/or personal technological devices will not be tolerated. Additionally, please be aware that the University reserves the right to limit, restrict, or remove computing privileges from anyone who violates the University’s computer policies, as well as local, state, and federal laws. Students are not permitted to use mail or messaging services to harass, intimidate, or otherwise provoke another person, for example, by broadcasting unsolicited messages, or sending unwanted mail. Therefore, as per the NJCU Student Code of Conduct, this behavior may result in judicial sanctions, ranging from a warning to expulsion, in addition to any possible criminal charges that may be filed against the person(s) responsible for such actions.
 
The faculty, staff and students of NJCU have maintained a commitment to a campus community that is diverse with regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, class, and national origin. Through its words and actions, as well as policies and practices, NJCU leadership expects that all members of this community assume full responsibility for understanding and actively participating in the preservation of a collegial environment that is defined by acceptance, safety, and respect.
 
If you feel that you have been the victim of cyber-bullying or harassment through the use of computing resources, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 201-200- 3525 to discuss your options. If you would like to avail yourselves of our counseling services as a result of such harassment, please contact the Counseling Center at 201-200-3165.
 
Lyn Hamlin, Ed. D.
Dean of Students
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Gilligan Student Union #127
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305-1597
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