Academic bullying involves individuals – often with more power or authority – intimidating, demeaning, or undermining others in educational settings. Academic bullying is a form of aggressive or harmful behavior that occurs within educational, academic, or research settings. It involves one or more individuals targeting another person (typically a student, colleague, or faculty member) with the intention of causing emotional distress, undermining their work or reputation, or creating a toxic environment.
Examples of academic bullying include:
- Verbal abuse, including frequent negative remarks or criticism with no constructive feedback
- Continuous threats of dismissal
- Attempts to destroy or harm an individual’s self-esteem
- Consistent work overloading
- Assignment of meaningless, contradictory, or unclear tasks
- Systemic isolation or exclusion of an individual
- Spreading false information
- Withholding (or threatening to withhold) recommendations or endorsements
- Attempts to humiliate, publicly or privately
- Cyberbullying, including through email or social media
Academic bullying often has severe negative consequences for the mental and physical health of targeted individuals. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and stress-related illnesses, and may even drive some people to leave their academic or research careers altogether.