Stalking on campus – what you need to know

This is part of a series of informational contributions from The Office of Equal Opportunity.

  • Be aware and believe in your intuition. Stalking is a crime. Ask for help.
  • Stalking is defined as: A pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
  • A perpetrator can threaten someone without using threatening words or behavior. Also, they may utilize E-mail, texting, give gifts, or make surprise visits. Most stalkers use some form of technology to stalk their victims.
  • There is a connection between stalking and sexual assault. Perpetrators of sexual assault often “groom” victims through voyeurism, surveillance, and information gathering.
Key Facts
  • Nationally, 13% of female college students have been victims of stalking.
  • College campuses provide an ideal environment for stalkers. Campuses are relatively closed communities where daily routine behavior can be easily monitored.
  • Nationally 83% of students who were stalked did not report it to campus authorities.
  • 42% of stalkers were boyfriends and ex-boyfriends of the victim.
  • 24% of stalkers were classmates.
  • Three out of ten victims reported emotional or psychological injuries.

What should you do if you are being stalked? Call the police and if in immediate danger dial 911. Also, contact Joel Korngut, Title IX Coordinator, at 587-8213 or 719-480-4487.