According to the Stalking Resource Center, “stalking is a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.” Stalkers act in ways to monitor, track, harass, or intimidate. People who stalk may follow students, wait outside of their classrooms, by their cars, or frequently drive by their workplaces, residence halls, or homes. Cyberstalking is another form of stalking and may include harassment online; frequent texting, voicemails, or picture messages; installing programs to track internet use; or using GPS to track location. Stalkers may also call and hang up, deliver unwanted notes or gifts, or damage a student’s belongings. There are many other actions stalkers may use to intimidate or to monitor behavior.
People may struggle to recognize stalking as a crime, because it is often a series of non-criminal offenses; however, stalking is illegal in the state of Idaho, against the student code of conduct, and very serious. Stalking may also be perpetrated in combination with sexual violence and/or relationship violence.