What is Stalking?

Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. (USDOJ)

Student Conduct Policy

Individuals that commit stalking are in violation of the following student conduct policy:

  • Stalking: repeated conduct toward another person including (but not limited to) willfully following and/or contacting someone verbally, in writing, by telephone, electronic media, a third party, or by another means with the intent and/or effect of creating fear or emotional distress.

Know the Facts

According to the Stalking Resource Center:

  • 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.
  • One in six women and one in 19 men have experienced stalking at some point in their lifetime.
  • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.

Stalking Behaviors

Most stalking behaviors do not classify as an illegal behavior. If an individual exhibits the following behaviors, you express that this attention is unwanted, and it causes you reasonable fear, it may classify as stalking. This list is provided by the Stalking Resource Center:

  • Follows you and shows up wherever you are
  • Sends unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or emails
  • Damages your home, car or other property
  • Monitors your phone calls or computer use
  • Uses technology to track where you go
  • Drives by or hangs out at your home, class, or work
  • Threatens to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
  • Finds out about you using public records or online searches
  • Posts information or spreads rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth
  • Other actions that control, track, or frighten you

If You are being Stalked

It is not your fault if you experience stalking. Below is a list of steps you may consider taking to increase your safety. Please remember, the road to healing may be a tough one, but you certainly don’t have to travel it alone. If you believe you are unsafe or in immediate danger, contact SU Campus Safety at (530) 941-7592 or Dial 911.

  • Working with an Advocate

    You can request to meet with an advocate by calling the Wellness Center at (530) 226-4667. This individual will provide information about services and support you if you decide to take your case to the Office of Student Conduct, The Title IX Office and/or criminal proceedings.

  • Reporting Sexual Violence

    You have the right to report sexual assault, domestic/ dating violence, or stalking to the police. To file a criminal complaint, contact Campus Safety at (530) 941-7592, RPD at (530) 225-4200, or call 9-1-1.

    If the perpetrator is a university employee, volunteer, or vendor, report to the Title IX Administrator and/or the Director for Human Resources.

    • If the perpetrator is an SU student, you can report to the Office of Student Conduct. Student Conduct will investigate the alleged violence. Information about this process and possible sanctions are available in the student handbook.
    • If the perpetrator is a university employee, volunteer, or vendor, report to the Directory Human Resources.

    You can also report to the university without filing a criminal complaint.

    If reporting to the police seems intimidating. You can request that an advocate accompany you by calling “One Safe Place” at (530) 244-0118.

    Victims are not required to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the police or the Office of Student Conduct. You can receive university services regardless of whether or not you report an act of violence, however, because the university wants to prevent future sexual violence, you are encouraged to report.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about an assault, help is availableby reviewing our list of Sexual Assault Awareness Resources and Contacts.