University of Minnesota Sexual Assault/Relationship Violence Policy (Academic/Administrative Policy 2.3.6)
Stalking is a "course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwanted, unwelcome, or unreciprocated and that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear."
There are many different behaviors that qualify as stalking, but all share two common features: They involve actions not wanted by the victim and they threaten or cause fear in the victim. Some examples of stalking include following, inappropriate approaches and attention, and unwanted telephone calls, emails, letters or gifts. Victims of stalking often feel scared, frustrated and violated, and sometimes feel that they don’t want to "make a big deal out of nothing." But stalking can lead to more violent behavior and should be taken seriously.
Stalking is never the fault of the victim. The blames lies with the person who chose to hurt you. Aurora Center advocates offer support and advocacy to students, staff and faculty of the University of Minnesota who are victims of stalking. Our services are free and confidential.
More information about the dynamics of and common responses to stalking is available in our stalking information packet. Additional information is provided in our publications or view the University of Minnesota's Adminstrative policy website on Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Relationship Violence.