Stalking is the repeated and unwelcome attention of another person, typically an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend or would-be partner. Victims almost always know their stalker.
Many behaviors can be characterized as stalking. These include following someone or “lying in wait” at a dorm room or another location, but it can also include remote contact through social media or unwanted phone calls. Digital means of communication have opened the door to “cyberstalking,” which includes tracking someone through a social media platform, sending unwanted texts or e-mails, repeated posts on your social media pages, or other methods.
Most states have statutes that define stalking as criminal behavior, but colleges and universities frequently investigate and impose sanctions for stalking under Title IX that does not qualify for criminal charges. Stalking has become one of the most common accusations on campus under Title IX, and is sometimes brought by students who simply do not want to be in the same class or the same dining hall as one of their peers.
You have defenses available to you if you are accused of stalking. In many cases, a stalking charge arises out of a miscommunication or because a person is unaware that his or her actions were objectionable to another student. Having a legal counsel can help clear these matters up and ensure that a charge of stalking does not derail your education.