Campus Safety & Welfare

Resources for Faculty, Staff and Parents

Depressed Suicidal Overanxious Grieving Self-Injury
Disruptive Aggressive Threatening Eating Problems Bipolar
Irrational Under the Influence Stalking Relationship Violence Sexual Assault
*All linked information from the Reaching Out Handbook: Resources for Responding to Students in Distress used with permission from Boise State University's Health Services.

 

THE STUDENT WHO IS A VICTIM OF STALKING

 

Stalking is any behavior that would make a reasonable person feel threatened, intimidated, annoyed, or afraid.  A stalker is much more likely to be someone the student knows than not.  A stalker may start with small, annoying, persistent actions and progress to criminal behavior.  Some example of stalking behavior are:

  • trying to start or keep a relationship that the person does not want
  • threatening the person or the safety of someone close to the person
  • becoming physically aggressive with the person
  • unwanted repeated calls, emails, or letters
  • following the person

 

  

HELPFUL ACTIONS

UNHELPFUL ACTIONS

  • Encourage the student to not deal with this potentially dangerous situation by her/himself and validate their confiding in you about the situation.  Encourage the student to tell her or his parents or another trusted adult immediately.
  •  Minimizing the potential danger of the situation.
  •  Advise the student to stay alert- pay attention, to the stalker- and to yourself.  Never ignore the first signs of stalking.  You have a creepy feeling about someone?  Sit up and take notice.  Always trust your instincts.  It beats someday saying, "I knew there was something wrong... I wish I'd paid attention."
  •  Discounting the student's concerns and anxiety.
  •  Suggest the student consider talking to University Police (406-994-2121) who can assist you with documentation and confronting a stalker.
  •  Ignoring the problem.
  •  Impress upon the student the importance to document thoroughly.  Write down all of the stalker's behavior in detail.  Keeping voice mail messages, letters, emails, text messages, gifts, photos, etc.
  •  Advise the student to consider applying for a restraining order.

 

If there is immediate risk to life or property, call 911 or University Police at (406) 994-2121.