Wanda Cassidy

Dr. Wanda Cassidy

Biography

Wanda Cassidy is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and Director of the Centre for Education, Law and Society. She researches and writes primarily in the areas of legal literacy, cyberbullying/cybercivility, ethic of care, marginalized youth, school culture, and human rights education.  In 2011 she received the prestigious Isidore Starr Award from the American Bar Association for exemplary work in law-related education in schools.

Paper Title

The Dark Side Of The Ivory Tower: Cyberbullying Of University Faculty And Teaching Personnel

Abstract

The Dark Side Of The Ivory Tower: Cyberbullying Of University Faculty And Teaching Personnel

This presentation discusses the nature, extent, and impact of cyberbullying experienced by faculty members/teaching personnel at one Canadian university. Survey data collected in 2012/13 revealed that 17% of respondents had experienced cyberbullying either by students (12%), or by colleagues (9%) in the last 12 months.  Gender differences were apparent: 14% of females had been targeted by students, compared to 6% of males.  Only females experienced cyberbullying from colleagues, always by someone they knew, and primarily for work-related reasons. The messages were belittling, demanding, harassing, and/or excluding, impacting their work, mental health, and relationships.  Faculty members of racial minority status appeared more vulnerable to being cyberbullied.  Included in this presentation are select quotes from faculty members who also participated in in-depth interviews.

  • Email: cassidy@sfu.ca
  • Address: Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, CANADA V5A 1S6
  • Office: 778.782.4454
Margaret Jackson

Dr. Margaret Jackson

Biography

Margaret Jackson is a Professor Emerita with the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, where she is also Director of FREDA, an SFU centre undertaking research on violence against women and children. Her research interests include policy analysis, violence against women and children, bullying/cyberbullying, judicial attitudes, sentencing behaviour, risk assessment, and socio-cultural factors impacting marginalized girls.

Paper Title

When on-line exchanges byte: An examination of the policy environment governing cyberbullying at the university level

Abstract

When on-line exchanges byte: An examination of the policy environment governing cyberbullying at the university level

This presentation reports on findings from a scan of 465 policies relevant to the handling of cyberbullying in 74 Canadian universities. It examines those documents first to assess the commonalities and differences in such policies. Second, it considers how their differing lenses can affect/effect the directions and outcomes of university responses, such as seen with policies on human rights vs. student conduct. The majority of the policies consulted were codes of student conduct and discipline, electronic communication, and harassment discrimination policies. While most of the policies outlined complaint procedures and possible sanctions, relatively few addressed the issue of prevention. Only about one third made reference to “cyber” behaviours, suggesting that the university policy environment is not current with the information and communication technologies which occupy the daily lives of university students and faculty.

  • Email: margaretj@sfu.ca
  • Address: School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC CANADA V5A 1S6
  • Office: 778.782.4040
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Dr. Chantal Faucher

Biography

Chantal Faucher is a post-doctoral fellow with the Centre for Education, Law and Society at Simon Fraser University working on their local, national, and international projects related to cyberbullying at the middle school, high school and university levels. She is also interested in media representations and the role of media in shaping public understanding of youth, crime, law, and justice.

Paper Title

Cyberbullying among university students: Gendered experiences, impacts, and perspectives

Abstract

Cyberbullying among university students: Gendered experiences, impacts, and perspectives

Cyberbullying is an emerging issue in the context of higher education as information and communication technologies (ICT) increasingly become part of daily life in university.  This presentation examines findings from over 1500 student surveys from four participating Canadian universities.  The overall findings are broken down to determine gender similarities and differences that exist between male and female respondents’ backgrounds, ICT usage, experiences with cyberbullying, opinions about the issue, and solutions to the problem.  We also consider the continuities between these findings and those of earlier studies on cyberbullying among younger students, as well as potential theoretical frameworks for understanding this issue.

  • Email: cfaucher@sfu.ca
  • Address: Centre for Education, Law and Society, Simon Fraser University, 5288-13450 - 102 Avenue, Surrey, BC, CANADA V3T 0A3
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Dr. Terry Waterhouse

Biography

Terry Waterhouse is the Chief Safety Officer for SFU. In this role he provides strategic leadership to the five service units in S&RS. In addition to responsibility for management of these areas, he is responsible for providing senior executives with expert advice on a wide range of operational and strategic issues. He also gives strategic leadership in reviewing and developing practices, policies, and procedures that improve efficiencies and continuity of service delivery. Dr. Waterhouse has extensive experience as a practitioner and academic, and maintains scholarly interests in juvenile justice policy reform in post-conflict settings.

Topic

Merging Research and Practice to Ensure Safe, Inclusive Learning Spaces

  • Email: terry_waterhouse@sfu.ca
  • Address: Safety & Risk Services, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC CANADA V5A 1S6
  • Office: 778.782.9208
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Carman J. Overholt, QC.

Biography

Carman J. Overholt, QC. is a senior litigation lawyer and founder of Overholt Law located in downtown Vancouver, BC where Carman has practiced law for 28 years. Carman established a litigation boutique practice in 2012 after being an equity partner for many years in a national law firm where he was the Chair of the Employment and Labour Practice Group. Carman has significant experience in representing a wide range of organizations in various sectors including post-secondary school education, not for profit organizations, technology, service, retail and financial services. Carman has been appointed as an Investigator by organizations in addressing a wide range of complaints. His work includes advising organizations on appropriate policies and practices to address the complex legal requirements of organizations.

Carman is a frequent lecturer on policies for the management of technology and social media in organizations and in addressing the wide range of possible legal claims. As a litigation lawyer, Carman has significant experience in representing clients before the Courts, administrative tribunals and self-governing organizations.

Carman is a Past President of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and the founding Chair and Past President of Pro Bono Law of BC now Access Pro Bono. Carman is a Past President of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club Society which has approximately 150 swimmers who compete in provincial, national and international swim meets.

Carman was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.

Topic

The Legal Framework for Addressing Cyberbullying in Post-Secondary Education