Putting an End to Cyberbullying

Angela Baldasare and Sheri Bauman
Oct. 17, 2012

To inform campus efforts to address the issue of cyberbullying, researchers at the UA have now completed a study of cyberbullying among undergraduates. 

The study is the first of its kind to investigate not only the prevalence and scope of cyberbullying on campus, but also the extent to which it affects different types of students and what role the university can play in protecting students.

Drawing upon a representative survey of undergraduates, UA College of Education and the Student Affairs researchers found that the level of cyberbullying behavior among UA students is overall quite low, with higher rates reported among members of sororities and fraternities and students who are members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

A key finding of the study is that not all students who experience cyberbullying are equally upset by those experiences. Measures of distress from cyberbullying were highest among members of sororities and fraternities, and among women overall, but lower among LGBT students.  

Confirming the findings of a 2010 focus group study, the UA cyberbullying survey indicated that students are generally in favor of university involvement in protecting students from cyberbullying through proactive policies and educational programs that clearly address cyber etiquette, university expectations, and consequences.  

The UA cyberbullying study was a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Sheri Bauman, UA professor and director of the Counseling and Mental Health Program.

Student Affairs supports the UA mission and values by delivering exemplary programs, services, resources and facilities that have a measurable and positive impact on the development and retention of students and contribute to the well being and advancement of our community.  Using explicit partnerships with our academic colleagues, we create a culture of collaboration to set up every student for academic success and achievement.  Our excellent facilities, staff and student programs foster a community pride and sense of belonging, critical components of any healthy campus.

Are you or someone you know being bullied?

For non-emergencies and after hours needs, call the UA Police Department at 520-621-8273.

If it is an emergency, call 911.

Students can call the UA's Counseling and Psychological Services Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 520-621-3334.

Students can also contact the UA Dean of Students office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 520-621-7057. The office also maintains the Dean On Call Program, which requires a NetID and password and is reserved for those with urgent concerns.

Faculty and staff can contact the UA Life & Work Connections, which offers employee asisstance counseling and consultations, at 520-621-2493.

Contacts: Angela Baldasare, of the UA Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, at 520-626-2885 or obaldasar@email.arizona.edu; Sheri Bauman of the UA College of Education, at sherib@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-7308.