code of community responsibility

Stalking

Stalking is a criminal offense under New Hampshire state law (TITLE LXII of the Criminal Code, Section 633:3-a) and prohibited at Colby-Sawyer College.

Colby-Sawyer College and the State of New Hampshire define stalking as purposely, knowingly, or recklessly engaging in a course of conduct targeted at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her personal safety or the safety of a member of that person's immediate family, and the person is actually placed in such fear.

Examples of stalking and cyber stalking behaviors may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Repeated, non-consensual communications including in-person communication, telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, email messages, social network site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or personal information on websites, written letters, gifts, or any other communications that are undesired and/or place another person in fear;

  • Persistent physical approaches and/or requests for dates, meetings, etc.;

  • Threats that create fear for one's life or safety, or fear for the safety of one's family, friends, roommates, or others;

  • Unwanted touching;

  • Pursuing or following another person; repeatedly showing up or waiting outside a person's home, classroom, place of employment, or car;

  • Using surveillance or other types of observation, either in person or through the use of electronic devices or software to track or obtain private information;

  • Use of threatening gestures;

  • Trespassing or breaking into a person's car or residence; or

  • Vandalism and/or destruction of a person's personal property.

The scope of the Colby-Sawyer College stalking policy applies to all students equally. Engaging in stalking (including cyber stalking) and harassment is a violation of the CSC Code of Community Responsibility. Students found responsible for stalking face disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. The college reserves the right to administer additional sanctions to an offender if the incident affects the academic and/or work environment of the college. College disciplinary procedures are independent of any and all criminal procedures.


Policy revised July 2013 by the associate dean of students and director of citizenship education.

Rationale
  • Our living and learning community is based on equality and respect and though at Colby-Sawyer College we respect free expression, we do not condone that expression when it is demeaning or harassing behavior.

  • Community members must be able to expect a reasonable level of personal safety in order to attain academic and personal excellence.

  • Violence of any kind has no place in our community as it harms the targeted student(s) and, by ripple effect, instills a level of fear and suspicion that is detrimental to the community as a whole.

Values
  • Excellence
  • Interconnectedness
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship