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What is Cyberbullying?

NASPA Leadership Exchange, Vol. 29, Spring 2009

2 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2009  

Darby Dickerson

The John Marshall Law School

Date Written: March 2009


Cyberbullying does not yet have a generally accepted definition. Therefore, if universities are considering adding cyberbullying as a conduct code offense, they should stop and take at least four steps: (1) consider the types of activity that might be included within the term, (2) consider the type of harm, (3) consider the level of intent required by the offender, and (4) determine the extent that it will address off-campus conduct. Proposed definitions that emphasize severe, repeated, and hostile conduct are likely the best direction for most campuses.

Keywords: cyberbully, cyberbullying, bully, bullying, Megan Meier, college, university, conduct code

JEL Classification: K10, K13

Suggested Citation

Dickerson, Darby, What is Cyberbullying? (March 2009). NASPA Leadership Exchange, Vol. 29, Spring 2009. Available at SSRN:

Darby Dickerson (Contact Author)

The John Marshall Law School ( email )

315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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