At Shepherd, we recognize that there are very serious and threatening behaviors one person can exhibit towards another without any physical contact being present; these actions can make a person feel unsafe in their environment. We firmly believe that stalking is serious. In fact, it is often violent, and can escalate over time. A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. No matter what the behavior, a victim of stalking is never to blame for a stalker’s behavior.
As stated in the Student Code of Conduct, Stalking is defined as:
Committing an act, such as non-consensual repetitive and/or menacing pursuit, following, or harassment, directed at a specific person or their family through any means that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear for safety or suffer significant emotional distress.