The Student who may be a Target of Harassment or Stalking
Your responsibilities are not to
diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and
forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find
understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.
Facts about harassment and stalking:
Harassment is defined as acts
that are offensive, annoying, threatening, hostile or disturbing. Stalking is the following or harassment
of an individual that instills feelings of fear or danger. Stalkers often have
an irrational obsession with the victim and try to gain power and omnipotence
through control and intimidation. Stalking behavior includes: trailing the
victim, harassment via phone, text, email, and letters, unwanted gifts, and
unwanted attentiveness. Stalkers can be male or female and targets can be of
the same or opposite sex. Stalking may be connected to dating violence.
Stalking can escalate to the person damaging property such as a vehicle,
residence and other property.
What you can do:
- Advise the student to contact the UNF Police Department (904) 620-2800.
- Advise the student to document ALL contacts (e.g., texts, posts
on social media, letters, e-mails and in person contacts).
- Refer the student to the Counseling Center (904) 620-2602 and/or
the Women’s Center (904) 620-1010 for support.
- Advise the student to take precautions to enhance safety,
including a change in routine travel routes and schedules.
- Advise the student that they can request a Police Escort at any
point in time by calling: (904) 620-2800.
- Inform the student that they may file a report with the Title IX
Administrator (904) 620-2513 to begin an investigatory process
- Be aware of the campus Sexual Misconduct Regulation, including what your campus crime reporting responsibilities and duties may be, as an university employee.
threatens you verbally by phone, physically or electronically by mail, text, email
or via some form of social media (e.g., Facebook): contact the police in your
local police department’s jurisdiction. These contacts should be referred to
your local police department. Mail, phone calls, texts and emails received on
campus should be referred to the UNF Police Department (904) 620-2800.
DELETE these emails, texts, voicemails, instant messages, pictures, letters, etc.
If you know the identity of
the student making these threats, please contact the Dean of Students (904) 620-1491
for additional assistance.