Anti-Bullying Workgroup at SF State

Background and Progress of the Anti-Bullying Workgroup

In January, 2018, the Anti-Bullying Workgroup was charged to analyze and study the problem of bullying at San Francisco State University and make recommendations on appropriate actions and response to ameliorate and respond to bullying when it occurs.  We further were charged with developing a recommendation for proposed policy and accompanying procedures for the prevention and reduction of bullying at SF State, as well as intervention and response when bullying is found to have occurred.  During the course of the Spring 2018 Academic Semester, the Anti-Bullying Workgroup made progress toward this goal in the following areas:

  1. Reviewed/Summarized existing Federal and State laws governing “bullying.”
  2. Summarized applicable data about “bullying” in higher education.
  3. Reviewed/Summarized existing CSU/SF State policies and procedures related to “bullying.”  
  4. Proposed schedule/outline of content for training, outreach and education for the SF State campus.
  5. Developed a draft definition of bullying that applies to the entire campus community for feedback (please send feedback to csabee at sfsu.edu):

Bullying behavior exploits an existing power differential, or specifically disempowers individuals regardless of their position or status in the community with the goal or effect of impeding the mission and values of the University. 

Whether intentional or unintentional, in person or online, bullying is the targeting of an individual with repetitive, persistent and/or chronic behavior that intimidates, humiliates, silences, insults, offends, or otherwise results in undermining performance or disrupting the learning community.  As a University that specifically values inclusion, we recognize that acts of micro-aggression that target individuals because of their identities specifically impedes the fostering of understanding and mutual respect that is expected of members in the CSU community and may result in undermining performance or disrupting our learning community.

Failure to intervene in these behaviors could enable them and result in exacerbation or perpetuation of negative effects to the target of the behaviors and the community at large.

Membership of the Anti-Bullying Workgroup

Convener

Christina Sabee

Administrators

Sacha Bunge, Faculty Affairs
Theresa Pollard, Labor/Employee Relations

Faculty

Katynka Martinez, Latino/a Studies
Verónica Rabelo, Management

Staff

Jeff O’Toole, College of Business
Paloma Mathern, College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Jamal Mazyck, Student Affairs

Students

Zena Khesbak
Jessica Zepeda