• Know the Facts

    According to the Stalking Resource Center:

    • 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.
    • One in six women and one in 19 men have experienced stalking at some point in their lifetime.
    • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.

    What is Stalking?

    Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. (USDOJ)

    Stalking Behaviors

    Most stalking behaviors do not classify as an illegal behavior. If an individual exhibits the following behaviors, you express that this attention is unwanted, and it causes you reasonable fear, it may classify as stalking. This list is provided by the Stalking Resource Center:

    • Follows you and shows up wherever you are
    • Sends unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
    • Damages your home, car or other property
    • Monitors your phone calls or computer sue
    • Uses technology to track where you go
    • Drives by or hangs out at your home, class, or work
    • Threatens to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
    • Finds out about you using public records or online searches
    • Posts information or spreads rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth
    • Other actions that control, track, or frighten you

    Student Conduct Policy

    As a community, the university has developed a code of standards and expectations that are consistent with its purpose as an educational institution. The Student Conduct Policies and Procedures articulate these standards. Students are held accountable for violations of these policies through the university conduct system. 

    Information about stalking is listed on page 6 of the Student Conduct Policies and Procedures PDF document.

    Questions concerning student conduct policies and procedures should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct, 307 Pratt Hall, (724) 357-1264.

    If someone is exhibiting stalking behaviors and making you feel uncomfortable, help is available. Contact the Haven Project at (724) 357-3947 or the IUP Counseling Center at (724) 357-2621. If you feel as if you are unsafe or in immediate danger, contact the University Police at (724) 357-2141 or call 9-1-1.

    For more Information

    If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about resources for survivors of violence, help is available.

    Contact the Haven Project at (724) 357-3947 or the Counseling Center at (724) 357-2621. 

    You may also contact your local crisis hotline:

    Last updated August 17, 2015