Northwest College

Policies and Procedures

Standards of Student Conduct

Stalking, Harassment, and Hazing


Stalking, according to the NWC Sexual Misconduct Policy, means engaging in a course of conduct, either directly or indirectly, that is directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

  • fear for his or her safety or the safety of others OR
  • suffer substantial emotional distress (NWC Sexual Misconduct Policy)

The National Center for Victims of Crime expands the definition of stalking. Stalking is a pattern of behaviors that make a person feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. It could involve repeated contact, following a person, sending someone items, unwanted verbal contact, or threats. Stalking behaviors can include:

  • knowing a person’s schedule
  • showing up at places where the desired person is
  • sending someone emails, mail, and pictures
  • calling or texting someone repeatedly
  • contacting someone on social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • posting about someone on social networking sites
  • damaging someone’s property
  • creating a web site about someone
  • stealing items that belong to someone

Stalking is a type of sexual misconduct and falls under the Sexual Misconduct Policy.


Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal, graphic and/or written abuse directed at another, beyond a reasonable expression of opinion, which:

  • is threatening or carries with it the intention to do mental or physical harm, or
  • substantially interferes with a person’s exercise of his/her responsibilities as a student, faculty or staff member.

Hazing includes, but is not limited to, any conduct or method of initiation, admission or condition of continued membership in any student organization which:

  • endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any student or other person, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest; forced consumption of food, liquor, beverage, or drugs; beating or branding; involuntary confinement or imprisonment, or
  • destroys, vandalizes or removes public or private property.