Sign Petition to Stop Faculty from Academically Bullying Students (located at top of website)
by Agnes Scott on 02/27/13
The 450 mile Nashville walk has been suspended and replaced with a more effective and efficient way to make President Obama and the American people aware of the academic bullying that is occurring across the country in America's educational institutions. The academic bullying that I am experiencing at the University of Toledo is just a microcosm of what is happening to students in America's public schools. The petition I've written requests that that an academic anti-bullying law be written to protect all students, not just those students designated under the civil rights laws as a protected class, from being academically bullied by faculty at all public educational institutions. THE PETITION:
Academic bullying is referred to as the severe, pervasive, persistent, and intentional conduct of a professor or administrator that sets up a resistive environment and sabotages a student's ability to access programs offered by a school in his or her educational pursuit. Although academic bullying occurs in America's public education system, no federal law directly addresses it. A study by two college professors at Indiana State University, Drs. Roberts-Pittman and MacDonald, found that "almost 15 percent [of the college students participating in the study] reported seeing a professor bully a student, while four percent [of the students] reported that they had been bullied by a professor," according to Sickling (2011, para. 10).
This petition requests that the academic anti-bullying law be written to protect all students and not just those designated under the civil rights laws as a protected class.
Academic bullying causes emotional distress (sometimes suicide), interrupted educational pursuits, family upheavals, derailed careers, forfeited incomes, and financial debt. It also potentially undermines America's ability to remain a strong competitor in the global market.
Please help me in my efforts to raise public awareness about this issue and promote the passage of legislation to stop faculty/administrator-to-student academic bullying by signing this petition.