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Interpersonal Violence

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Consequences for Offender

When reported to on-campus officials and the person being stalked chooses to have disciplinary action taken:

When determining the severity of consequences for those found to be stalking another student, the circumstances of each incidence are considered by the administration. Students who are found to be engaging in stalking behavior have not only committed a state and federal crime, but have also violated the Code of Student Conduct outlined in the student handbook. The university may impose sanctions for violations of the Code of Student Conduct up to and including expulsion from the university.

When reported to off-campus officials and the person being stalked chooses to press charges:

If convicted, stalking is a Class I felony (fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to three and a half years, or both). However, in some circumstances, the penalties are greater than they are for a Class I felony. The following describes some of these circumstances:

  • If the stalker had previously been convicted of certain violent acts against the same victim, stalking against the victim, certain acts of criminal harassment, or any crime against the same victim in the last seven years, stalking is a Class H felony (fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to six years, or both).
  • If the stalker "gained access or caused another person to gain access to a record in electronic format that contains personally identifiable information regarding the victim," stalking is a Class H felony.
  • If the victim was under 18 years of age at the time of the violation, stalking is a Class H felony. If the stalking resulted in bodily harm to the victim, the victim's family, or a member of the victim's household, stalking is a Class F felony (fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of up to 12-1/2 years, or both).
  • If the stalker used a dangerous weapon to stalk the victim, stalking is a Class F felony.
  • If the stalker was convicted for domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, certain criminal harassment crimes, or certain violent crimes in the seven year period before the current stalking act, stalking is a Class F felony.