Psychological harassment (or mobbing) is defined as a series of hostile comments or actions, repeated frequently over a fairly long time, which aim to upset, isolate, marginalise or even exclude one or more people in the place where they work or study.
Examples of psychological harassment
- Repeated and unjustified criticisms and denigration
- Ridicule and humiliation
- Assigning tasks that are far below someone’s skills, or obviously too complex
- Refusal to assign any tasks at all
- Refusal to engage, resulting in isolation
- Unwanted contact and communications, at the work/study place or outside
- Breaches of privacy
Harassment of any form is not tolerated at the University of Lausanne under any circumstances.
Cyberbullying involves repeatedly making threatening, hateful, insulting or degrading comments – either by using images or in writing – using communication technologies (social media, forums, text messages, chats, emails), with the aim of hurting, threatening, humiliating, ridiculing or excluding someone.
Cyberbullying can be a form of psychological harassment or, if there are sexual connotations, sexual harassment.
Examples of cyberbullying
- Sexist, racist, homophobic or similar remarks or jokes
- Spreading false rumours
- Distributing hurtful, fake or naked photos or videos
- Creating fake profiles with hurtful content