Psychological harassment

What is psychological harassment?

Psychological harassment (or mobbing) is defined as a series of hostile comments or actions, repeated frequently over a fairly long time, which aim to upset, isolate, marginalise or even exclude one or more people in the place where they work or study.

Examples of psychological harassment


  • Repeated and unjustified criticisms and denigration
  • Ridicule and humiliation
  • Assigning tasks that are far below someone’s skills, or obviously too complex
  • Refusal to assign any tasks at all
  • Refusal to engage, resulting in isolation
  • Unwanted contact and communications, at the work/study place or outside
  • Breaches of privacy

Harassment of any form is not tolerated at the University of Lausanne under any circumstances.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying involves repeatedly making threatening, hateful, insulting or degrading comments – either by using images or in writing – using communication technologies (social media, forums, text messages, chats, emails), with the aim of hurting, threatening, humiliating, ridiculing or excluding someone.

Cyberbullying can be a form of psychological harassment or, if there are sexual connotations, sexual harassment.

Examples of cyberbullying 

  • Insults
  • Threats
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic or similar remarks or jokes
  • Spreading false rumours
  • Distributing hurtful, fake or naked photos or videos
  • Creating fake profiles with hurtful content

Are you a victim or witness of psychological harassment or cyberbullying in your work or studies? Don't stay alone.


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