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:
505.277.2241 (24-hr number)