To engage in a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person or a family or household member of such person with the intent to injure, terrify, threaten, or intimidate. It can include the use of regular mail, e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, posting on social websites and/or faxes. Stalking and cyber stalking are considered crimes and such behaviors are prohibited by University policy and Nebraska law.
Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike and anyone can be a victim, including college students from any economic, ethnic, or religious group.
The vast majority of stalking victims know their stalker, usually because they have had a relationship with him or her. The stalker 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.
Associated State of Nebraska Statues:
- Statute 28-311.01 – Terroristic Threats – Any person who threatens to commit any crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another
- Statute 28-311.02 and 28-311.03 – Stalking and harassment - Any person who willfully harasses another person or a family or household member of such person with the intent to injure, terrify, threaten, or intimidate commits the offense of stalking.
Signs Stalkers can demonstrate:
- Repeatedly calling and texting you, including hang-ups.
- Following you and showing up wherever you are.
- Sending unwanted gifts, letters, cards or e-mails.
- Do damage to your home, car or other property.
- Monitoring your phone calls, computer use or social network accounts.
- Hack into your social networking accounts or e-mail. (see how to protect yourself on Facebook here)
- Use technology like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS) to track where you go.
- Drive by or hang out at your apartment/residence hall, outside your classroom or at your work.
- Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends or pets.
- Finding out more about you by using public records or online search services, hiring private investigators or going through your garbage or contacting your friends, classmates, family, neighbors or co-workers.