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2002-03 University Catalog

General Policies

Stalking Policy

(Effective February 1, 1999)

This policy applies equally to all members of the George Mason University community: students, faculty, administrators, staff, contract employees, and visitors.

The university is committed to protecting the right of all individuals to pursue their intellectual, vocational, and personal interests without harassment or interference. The university is also committed to providing an environment in which visitors to and members of the campus community are treated with dignity, respect, and regard for their welfare and learning needs.

George Mason University defines stalking as any behaviors or activities occurring on more than one occasion that collectively instill fear in the victim, and/or threaten his or her safety, mental health, or physical health. Such behaviors and activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Nonconsensual communication, including face-to-face, telephone calls, voice messages, electronic mail, written letters, unwanted gifts, etc.
  • Threatening or obscene gestures
  • Pursuing or following
  • Surveillance or other types of observation
  • Trespassing*
  • Vandalism*
  • Nonconsensual touching*

*These offenses may result in additional criminal charges.

Stalking behavior will not be tolerated. Incidents occurring on or off campus are subject to university discipline when such actions materially affect the learning environment or operations of the university.

Stalking is a crime under Virginia state law. Incidences of stalking outside the Commonwealth of Virginia may be admissible in court if they are relevant to the case and may be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor or a felony. Legal options available to victims of stalking include reporting to the local police, seeking a remedy through civil proceedings, and/or utilizing the campus judicial process.

For more information on stalking issues or this policy, please contact Sexual Assault Services at (703) 993-4364.