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Stalking refers to repeated, threatening behavior that leads to concern or fear about personal safety. Individual stalking behaviors are not necessarily illegal or against university policy (e.g., texting, waiting for someone outside a classroom). However, when these acts are unwanted, there can be an implied threat in the repetition of behavior and tone of contact.

Stalking is serious and dangerous. Stalking behaviors can escalate over time and may involve physical violence. However, stalking often goes underreported, because many stalkers employ activities that may seem to be harmless. For example, stalkers may call or text repeatedly or leave gifts. It is necessary to recognize patterns of behavior that are obsessive, threatening or harmful.

Common stalking behaviors include:

  • Following the person or repeatedly showing up unexpectedly at the person's class, work, favorite coffee shop, etc.
  • Sending unwanted gifts, letters, cards or e-mails
  • Repeatedly calling or texting
  • Monitoring activities such as phone calls, computer use or schedule
  • Using technology to track the person such as hidden cameras, computer viruses, GPS devices, social media or tracking apps
  • Repeatedly driving by places where the person spends time
  • Causing damage to the person’s home, car or other property
  • Making threats to a person or tothat person's family, friends or pets
  • Gathering information about someone through internet searches, social media or hired investigators or by contacting friends, family, classmates or co-workers
  • Sifting through someone's trash or belongings
  • Engaging in actions meant to control, track or frighten someone

If someone's pattern of behavior frightens you, you can work with a Voices Against Violence counselor to learn about your rights and create a safety plan.

Stalking Issues

Stalking and Social Media
Stalking Documentation
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Common Reactions
Taking Care of Yourself
Reporting Options
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