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.
Psychological harassment is not tolerated at the University of Lausanne under any circumstances.
Examples of psychological harassment
- Repeated and unjustified criticisms and denigration
- Ridicule and humiliation
- Refusal to engage, resulting in isolation
- Unwanted contact and communications, where you study or elsewhere
- Breaches of privacy
- Assigning tasks that are far below someone’s skills, or obviously too complex
What is not psychological harassment
- A one-off instance of aggression or conflict
- Normal study-related requirements
- Stress, which may be an indicator of harassment but is not evidence
Cyber-bullying involves repeatedly making threatening, hateful, insulting or degrading comments – either by using images or in writing – using communications technologies (social media, forums, text messages, chats or emails), with the aim of hurting, threatening, humiliating, ridiculing or excluding someone.
Cyber-bullying can be a form of psychological harassment or, if there are sexual connotations, sexual harassment.
Examples of cyber-bullying
- 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