Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bully-Free Zone

Inside Higher Ed
December 2nd, 2014

Hard data on bullying in academe are scant, especially in comparison to the robust research on the subject within the business world. But anecdotal data suggest bullying by academics is a problem; everyone seems to have a bullying story, or several, and a blog post on faculty jerks from an Australian academic went viral last year. At the same time, administrators' attempts at making policies about or even encouraging civility are historically controversial. Most recently, Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, faced harsh faculty criticism over a memo on the importance of civility.
So it’s perhaps surprising that the Faculty Senate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison recently approved an anti-bullying policy, 106 to 63. The policy describes “hostile and/or intimidating behavior” as “[u]nwelcome behavior pervasive or severe enough that a reasonable person would find it hostile and/or intimidating and that does not further the university’s academic or operational interests.”

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