Stalking is defined as repetitive and/or menacing pursuit, following, or interference with the peace and/or safety of an individual(s).
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime 2012, Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Stalking can be a pattern of behavior which makes an individual feel afraid, nervous, harassed or can place someone in danger. The behavior can negatively impact a person's educational or work environment, which affects their life.
Stalking can be very serious regardless of the reason for the behavior. If you feel that you are in immediate danger, contact the police immediately at 911.
Although individuals may be stalked for a variety of reasons, stalking is a Title IX violation when it is based on sex or gender. This includes individuals that are known to you or someone that is a stranger. R09.02.020. Student Code of Conduct.
Stalking can come in the form of:
- Repeated mail, e-mail, pictures, unwanted calling or repeated texting
- Sending you repeated unwanted gifts, receiving unwanted letters
- Utilizing social media as a way of communicating you.
- Stealing your things or damaging your property
Stalking can be performed by anyone, from someone you know to a complete stranger. Stalking is an activity which must not be tolerated and should be reported.
For more information on Stalking please visit The National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center.