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Bullying

Bullying comes in all forms but is usually thought of as a K-12 issue that ceases to exist once students head off to college. This is not the case. In a 2012 study, 15% of college students admitted being bullied, and 22% reported being cyberbullied, through texts, emails, and social media. 

Often times, bullying is not reported in colleges and universities because students do not feel that is a "serious" enough issue to report. Bullying prevention is important because it is often times a precursor to more serious issues, including but not limited to: hazing, hate/bias incidents, and sexual misconduct. Stopping bullying when it starts is key. 

First Steps to Consider in a Crisis Situation

  • Get to a safe place
  • Preserve all evidence.
  • Save all text messages, emails, social media postings (taking screenshots can be helpful) or anything else that might relate to the incident.
  • Go to a nearby hospital or medical center for medical attention, if needed
  • Call a trusted friend, family member or someone else who can provide emotional support. 
  • Contact a resource center to help you navigate your options

Access Medical/Counseling Services:

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)
505.277.3136 (24-hr number)
Counseling, crisis intervention and medical services for eligible students. 

Campus Law Enforcement:

UNMPD (University of New Mexico Police Department)

505.277.2241 (24-hr number)

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Under Title IX, sexual violence is a severe form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at the University of New Mexico. Sexual violence may be committed by a stranger, an acquaintance or someone with whom the victim is involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Victims of sexual violence are encouraged to report what happened to law enforcement and seek assistance from any of the resources, on and off campus, listed in this publication. 

Please contact UNM's Title IX Coordinator, Heather Cowan, at hbcowan@unm.edu for more information about Title IX.