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Violence Intervention Services


Stalking is a serious, but often overlooked problem among college students.  The “Sexual Victimization of College Women” study (2000), found that more than 13% of female college students had been stalked during a single 6 – 9 month period of time.  Stalking of college women is significantly more common than stalking of same-aged women in the general population. 

The term "stalking" is commonly used to describe a range of behavior such as repeated phone calls, text messages, and emails, following or tracking you, sending unwanted gifts and damaging your property.  Stalking causes extreme fear for victims.  If someone is stalking you, there are many resources available.

Stalking laws vary by state.  The following information provides practical information and resources for anyone experiencing these types of behavior.  However, it is also important to familiarize yourself specifically with Iowa’s stalking law, which defines stalking as behavior which causes the victim to fear bodily injury or death of him/herself or of an immediate family member.  

If someone’s behavior is frightening you but does not meet Iowa’s definition of stalking, it may constitute harassment. Harassment violates state law and University policy.