A safe and civil environment is necessary for students to be successful in their educational pursuits. Cyber-bullying or cyber harassment by any member of the University of Marlyne community (student, faculty, staff, etc.) toward another individual constitutes conduct that disrupts the educational environment of the University. Examples of cyber-bullying and cyber harassment include, but are not limited to, harsh text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Cyber-bullying and cyber harassment are prohibited by many state laws, by various federal laws, and many jurisdictions throughout the international community.
University of Marlyne will not tolerate lewd, intimidating or other disorderly conduct by or toward members of its community. The following are examples of instances where social media can cause harm to the University or a member of the University of Marlyne community or may violate policies:
A University of Marlyne student establishes a Twitter account that encourages others to submit negative anonymous messages to an account that will be redistributed by the account holder.
A member of the University community establishes a fake account under the name of an official University official or department and uses the name and trademark to post vicious comments or other content.
A member of the University faculty or staff uses his or her blog or social media account to berate or otherwise discuss engagement with or judgment of a student’s work or other information considered confidential or proprietary by FERPA or HIPPA.
Cyber-bullying and cyber harassment are direct violations of several standards of the University of Marlyne standard of conduct. The Code prohibits acts of cyber-bullying or cyber harassment through the use of any electronic technology, which includes, but is not limited to, devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers and tablets as well as communication tools, including, but not limited to, text messages, chat platforms, websites and social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Bebo, and blogs. Students who use University networks or technology to conduct such activity may be disciplined in accordance with University of Marlyne’s standard of conduct.
All other members of the University community are likewise prohibited from engaging in cyber-bullying or cyber harassment, and instances will be adjudicated through the proper established channels.
Students who feel that they are being bullied or harassed through electronic technology should immediately report it to the office of the University.