When most people think of stalking, they
may think that only celebrities or famous people are stalked.
However, the vast majority of stalking cases are people who are
not in the public spotlight. Stalking happens to both men and
women and may involve family members, friends, current or ex boyfriends/girlfriends or co-workers. Most stalking takes
place between people who know each other.
Stalking is a crime in the state of
Maryland and a violation of Salisbury University's Student Code
of Conduct. Stalking is defined as "repetitive, menacing
pursuit, following, harassment and/or interference with the
peace and/or safety of a member of the community; or the safety
of any of the immediate family of members of the community"
at Salisbury University.
Stalking can happen anywhere, but the
closed setting of a college campus can make it easier for
stalkers to trace the movements of their victims. Some examples of what stalking behavior
may look like on a college campus include:
- Leaving harassing or unwanted notes
under someone's door or on their dry erase board
- Constantly checking someone's online
profile to keep watch on their activities
- Constantly texting or calling someone
who does not wish to communicate with you
- Posting information, whether it be
true or false on a website for the purpose of embarrassing,
scaring or harming someone's reputation
- Looking up someone's schedule or
activities on Facebook or other social networking sites for the purpose of following him/her
- Messaging someone repeatedly when
they have asked you to stop or if you are using these
messages to try to control them
- Posting pictures of someone online to
try to embarrass or scare them
If you are engaged in stalking
another person, get help by setting up an appointment in the Counseling Center (410.543.6070).
Stalking is a violation of Salisbury University's Code of
Stalking is a serious crime and can
significantly disrupt a student's college experience. The stress
caused by being stalked can lead to a variety of symptoms
including difficulty sleeping (either unable to stay or fall
asleep), anxiety, depression, anger, fearfulness and constantly
feeling "on edge". Stalking may also disrupt a student's life in
other ways such as having to change their phone number,
change their residence or change other aspects of their life.
If you are being stalked, it can
be very helpful to talk to someone who is trained in working
with issues of stalking and can help you deal with your
feelings. Contact the Counseling Center (410.543.6070) to
set up an appointment.
important to document all incidents of stalking that
occur even if you are not sure what you will do with the
information. Be sure to write down each time the stalker
contacts you. The log should include the time, date, location
and the words and actions of the stalker. Here is an example of
a stalking incident log. Be sure to to save any and all
texts, emails, unwanted gifts and other attempted contacts that
the stalker makes.