The misuse of power, position and privilege. It is done to intimidate, coerce, engender fear, to control.
"There are three main parameters of bullying:
it is repetitive (prolonged over time);
it involves an imbalance of power;
and it may be verbal, physical, social or psychological."
"A person is bullied or victimised when he or she is exposed repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more persons." (Olweus, 1984)
Bullying behaviours include:
Physical - Hitting, kicking, punching, pushing, tripping, spitting, and throwing objects. Hiding, damaging or destroying property belonging to someone else. Making someone give money, food or other property against their will.
Non-physical - Threatening any of the above. Name-calling, using offensive language, making comments the other person finds offensive. Ridiculing, or teasing in a nasty way. Putting others down, spreading rumours (via internet, chat rooms or word of mouth). Making faces or rude gestures, Offensive SMS messages. (This is not a definitive or exhaustive list.)
NB - Sexual abuse or harassment does not have to be repetitive or over time to constitute a breach.
A one off altercation or disagreement does not constitute Bullying - however should still be reported to your House Dean if it was not witnessed.