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Cyber or Online Stalking on Campus
Nearly every college student has multiple access points for internet use. From phones to computers, there is rarely a moment that a student is out of reach of the internet. This also means that a student has ample opportunity to harass another student by cyber stalking, and the victim can feel the effects everywhere and every time they are online. This crime is serious and will be typically fall under the police and school investigation.
When a person stalks another person online, they are committing the crime of cyber stalking. The following are some examples:
- Constant visits or interactions with a person through social media
Many students are socially active online, so repeated and unwanted visits to their social media profile can be considered stalking. This can take the form of comments, private messages, or even reacting to posts and pictures. If the attention is unwanted and repeated, it opens the door to cyber stalking.
- Contacting a person repeatedly online
Just like physical stalking, repeated online attempts to talk to a person can be considered a criminal act
- Online contact with friends and family
Contact with the victim is not exclusive to just them. Repeated and unwanted contact with their social and family circle can be considered cyber stalking.
How Can Cyber Stalking Affect Me on Campus?
Cyber stalking is a serious offense that can carry criminal charges on top of the school administrative discipline. The local police will typically be involved. The university may use Title IX policies to enforce the violation. This means suspension or expulsion could easily happen.
Manchester & Associates Defense
Contact Manchester & Associates today for help if you have been accused of cyber stalking. This offense will often need to be fought on two fronts: criminal charges from the state and disciplinary actions through the college. An attorney can help the student step though both of the processes.