Dear Aggie: students facing bullying
Recently, I witnessed two guys sexually harass a female student. Someone intervened, but the bullies seemed oblivious to the fact that their behavior was unacceptable. If I personally witnessed this type of incident on campus, I wonder how much more we do not hear about that goes unreported. What does CU do to prevent this type of behavior before something worse happens?
According to the Cameron University Student Handbook under Appendix B – Disruptive Activities, “The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against individual students and/or groups who are involved in disruptive activities. Such disciplinary action may be taken independently of state or local prosecutorial actions and/or regardless of the outcome of such prosecutorial actions.”
Examples of disruptive behavior that can result in disciplinary action include persistent willful or defiant disobedience toward college personnel, verbal abuse, breach of peace and disorderly, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct.
If you witness any form of disruptive activity, inform a faculty or staff member, and they can help you report the incident. It’s important that someone takes action instead of allowing the situation to continue.
It seems that I felt eager in the beginning of the semester, but throughout it I’ve fallen off the wagon. I’ve dropped classes because I’m not doing well, and I can’t keep up at work. My emotions are high. For someone who wants to continue their education, what is your advice to help get me back on track and in the swing of things?
The good news is that Thanksgiving break is right around the corner. During the break, you will have some down time. Hopefully you will also have time with family and friends. Many students want to take the break to catch up on homework, study hard for difficult exams or work on research projects.
However, it is called a break for a reason, so it might be a good idea to take the time off.
When you get back after the break, talk to a trusted professor because they have insight into what it takes to get through school. Talk to an upperclassmen because they have all been where you are. Talk to one of the counselors at the Wellness Center because they are professionals.
You said that you’ve dropped some classes, which can feel like you’ve done something wrong. Part of going to college is learning how to go to college. One of the things to be sorted out is the balance between school and everything else. By dropping classes, you have simultaneously lightened your load and learned something about how much you can juggle.
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