Among the most important roles of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the creation of a welcoming culture of inclusion on our campuses. Harassment of any kind—whether face-to-face or electronically—cannot be tolerated.
The continuing reports of these attacks, sometimes resulting in suicide, indicate that bullying remains a serious problem. Research indicates that any student could potentially be a target, and that LGBTQIA students are especially vulnerable. We need not to let up our efforts regarding how dangerous bullying can be, and the terrible effects it has on victims and their friends and families.
All of us must commit ourselves to addressing this very serious issue and eliminate harassment in all its forms. Many of our universities have hosted programs that can serve as examples for us all. I encourage you to learn about the programs offered on your campus.
All efforts aimed at eliminating bullying are to be commended. These programs should be the standard. My office stands ready to assist PASSHE universities in helping them ensure a safe living, learning, and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff.
John C. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Chancellor
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education