What is Stalking?
A person commits the crime of stalking if, without lawful authority and under circumstances not amounting to a felony attempt of another crime:
(a) He or she intentionally and repeatedly harasses or repeatedly follows another person; and
(b) The person being harassed or followed is placed in fear that the stalker intends to injure the person, another person, or property of the person or of another person. The feeling of fear must be one that a reasonable person in the same situation would experience under all the circumstances; and
(c) The stalker either:
(i) Intends to frighten, intimidate, or harass the person; or
(ii) Knows or reasonably should know that the person is afraid, intimidated, or harassed even if the stalker did not intend to place the person in fear or intimidate or harass the person.
A person is guilty of cyberstalking if he or she, with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass any other person, and under circumstances not constituting telephone harassment, makes an electronic communication to such other person or a third party:
(a) Using any lewd, lascivious, indecent, or obscene words, images, or language, or suggesting the commission of any lewd or lascivious act;
(b) Anonymously or repeatedly whether or not conversation occurs; or
(c) Threatening to inflict injury on the person or property of the person called or any member of his or her family or household.
PLU Policy and Stalking
Though PLU does not currently have a stand-alone stalking policy, stalking behavior is prohibited through policies related to Computer Use, University Violence Prevention, and Sexual Misconduct. You can visit the Student Code of Conduct Website to view these policies in full. Stalking is also prohibited under Title IX.
PLU will uphold the Washington state policies and laws around the issue of stalking in order to protect its students and preserve their individual rights.
The CGE’s Advocacy Services* is a confidential resource that provides support for victims of sexual assault, including obtaining a Protection Order, learning how to increase their safety, and connecting with additional forms of support.
Other Campus Resources:
Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195
* Confidential resource
Confidential Victim's Advocate at PLU
Magdalena Stickel, PLU’s Confidential Victim’s Advocate is a trained professional who can help explain your options, connect you to other resources, and assist you in making a formal report should you decide to do so.
Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County*
Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline*
YWCA Pierce County*
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Resources by County
*24 Hour Resource
877-922-4292 / 206-325-0325
Ujima (Black Community)
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
206-816-3893 (Tacoma Office)
Consejo Counseling and Referral Service (Latin@)
253-414-7461 (Tacoma Office)
The Northwest Network (LGBTQ+)
StrongHearts Native Helpline*
* 24 Hour Resource