Stalking is a dangerous and serious crime and a violation of University policy. Some common behaviors that may be defined as stalking, if they cause fear, are:
- Repeated unwanted text messages or social media contact
- Unwanted gifts or notes
Title IX and the Clery Act define stalking as:
Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (1) fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or (2) suffer substantial emotional distress.
Stalking is strictly prohibited at Liberty University and is a violation of Liberty University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
- 18 to 24-year-olds experience the highest rates of stalking among adults.
- Between 6% and 39% of college students report being stalked since entering college.
- The majority of college student victims are stalked by someone they know.
- The most common stalkers are former boyfriends or girlfriends (33%).
- The most common stalking behaviors reported by college stalking victims include: unwanted voice or text messages (45%), unwanted emails or social media (44%), and being approached or seeing the stalker show up at places when the victim did not want them to be there (37%).
- Fear and emotional distress
- Depression and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating in class, on assignments, and during exams
- Change in living situation, like moving out of a dorm
How Can We Work To Prevent Stalking
- Develop healthy relationship behaviors. In college, relationships aren’t always easy but there is never an excuse to harm or stalk another person. Healthy relationships are built on trust, respect, consent, and communication.
- Understand and practice your rights to:
- live free from violence or abuse
- feel safe and respected in your relationships
- end relationships that don’t feel right or healthy for you
If you have experienced stalking, please remember your options to get help:
- Contact LUPD
- Talk to your RA, RS or other trusted leader
- Report your experience to the Office of Equity and Compliance
- Talk to your parents or other trusted family members for additional support
- Contact a Confidential Advocate through the LU Shepherd’s Office
- If you experience an emergency, please call 911