Stalking and cyber stalking are behaviors prohibited by University policy and Massachusetts law. In Massachusetts such conduct are felonies. M.G.L. c. 265 § 43. Stalking includes a willful and malicious knowing pattern of conduct or acts over a period of time directed at a specific person which seriously alarms or annoys the person and which causes a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress and makes a threat with the intent to place the person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.
Stalking can be accomplished by mail, telephone, electronic mail, internet communications, and facsimile. Conduct which does not include a threat of death or bodily injury is also illegal and considered harassment by University policy and Massachusetts law. M.G.L. c. 265 § 43A.
Students, staff and faculty may turn to a Title IX Liaison (available to receive reports of sexual assault, sexual harassment and discrimination, including stalking) listed in the Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault for help in dealing with incidents
of stalking or harassment. A list of the Title IX Liaisons can also be found at http://oeo.tufts.edu/. This conduct can also be reported to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity (617-627-3298 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Stalking, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault policies can be found at: http://oeo.tufts.edu/.
Stalking is defined as threats, along with repeated harassing behavior, such as:
It can include the use of regular mail, e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, posting on social websites and/or faxes.
Anyone can be stalked, including college students from any economic, ethnic, or religious group. A few victims are picked at random by their stalker, but most stalking victims know their stalker, usually having had some type of present or past relationship. The perpetrator can be an intimate partner or former partner, classmate, roommate, or other acquaintance. A victim can be stalked for several days or for many years. The stalker’s actions can also affect family, friends, and coworkers. Stalking and criminal harassment can be difficult to distinguish. Talk to one of the individuals listed on our resource document (PDF) for help.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a similar situation, please get help by contacting any of the resources listed in this brochure for more information.
If you feel frightened or uncomfortable about someone’s specific behavior, pay attention to your instincts! Seek help.
Stay Away Requests – can be sought from the Dean of Student Affairs Office.