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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Defining Cyberbullying

Darby Dickerson, Stetson University College of Law, has published What is Cyberbullying? in volume 29 of NASPA Leadership Exhange (Spring 2009). Here is the abstract.

Cyberbullying does not yet have a generally accepted definition. Therefore, if universities are considering adding cyberbullying as a conduct code offense, they should stop and take at least four steps: (1) consider the types of activity that might be included within the term, (2) consider the type of harm, (3) consider the level of intent required by the offender, and (4) determine the extent that it will address off-campus conduct. Proposed definitions that emphasize severe, repeated, and hostile conduct are likely the best direction for most campuses.

Download the paper from SSRN here.

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