Policies and Procedures
Standards of Student Conduct
Stalking, Harassment, and Hazing
Stalking, according to the NWC Sexual Misconduct Policy, means engaging in a course of conduct, either directly or indirectly, that is directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
- fear for his or her safety or the safety of others OR
- suffer substantial emotional distress (NWC Sexual Misconduct Policy)
The National Center for Victims of Crime expands the definition of stalking. Stalking is a pattern of behaviors that make a person feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. It could involve repeated contact, following a person, sending someone items, unwanted verbal contact, or threats. Stalking behaviors can include:
- knowing a person’s schedule
- showing up at places where the desired person is
- sending someone emails, mail, and pictures
- calling or texting someone repeatedly
- contacting someone on social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- posting about someone on social networking sites
- damaging someone’s property
- creating a web site about someone
- stealing items that belong to someone
Stalking is a type of sexual misconduct and falls under the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal, graphic and/or written abuse directed at another, beyond a reasonable expression of opinion, which:
- is threatening or carries with it the intention to do mental or physical harm, or
- substantially interferes with a person’s exercise of his/her responsibilities as a student, faculty or staff member.
Hazing includes, but is not limited to, any conduct or method of initiation, admission or condition of continued membership in any student organization which:
- endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any student or other person, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest; forced consumption of food, liquor, beverage, or drugs; beating or branding; involuntary confinement or imprisonment, or
- destroys, vandalizes or removes public or private property.