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Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is not tolerated at Boise State University. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. People who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

To be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • Imbalance of Power: People who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying is also a form of harassment, also not tolerated at Boise State University.

Verbal Bullying: saying or writing mean things, such as:

  • Teasing/Taunting
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Threatening to cause harm

Social Bullying (or relational bullying): involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships and includes:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling others not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Physical Bullying: hurting a person’s body or possessions, such as:

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Tripping/pushing/spitting
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures


  • If You Have been bullied:

    1. Tell Someone, the following resources are available to help you.

    2. Submit a CARE Alert.

    Submit a CARE Alert

  • When corresponding with someone who has been bullied:

    1. Practice the following advice.


    • Tell someone. Whether you are the target or a witness, bullying behavior is counter to Boise State University’s Shared Values and needs to be addressed in a way that results in the discontinuation of the bullying behavior.
    • All people should feel safe and welcomed at Boise State. You may be the target, you may be a firsthand witness, or you may have heard about something from someone else. In any case, please help create a safe and welcoming environment by responding to unacceptable behavior. You can let us know by filing a CARE alert, and we’ll determine how and whether a response is constructive.
    • Report the incident/expression to the CARE Team for possible response/resolution. In case you are the victim, depending on the severity, either university policy or the law may have been violated and the university should be made aware to take necessary actions to address the behavior.


    • Ignore bullying. Such behavior may be considered harassment and create an environment that feels unsafe for people targeted by bullying. Much of this behavior may be prohibited in the Student Code of Conduct and the University Policy Manual for employees. Bullying should be reported and addressed appropriately.
    • Confront the source of the issue directly if you feel unsafe or unsure. Personal risk can be associated with this and you should feel safe before taking this step. The source can be someone close or someone you know well and the behavior or language may actually surprise you. If this is the case, you may wish to take the person aside to let her/him know your feelings in a non-confrontational way.

    2. Recommend and refer to the following resources for further assistance.

    3. Submit a CARE Alert.

    Submit a CARE Alert