Stalking and Intrusive Contact

Eckerd College is committed to protecting the right of all individuals to pursue their intellectual, vocational, and personal interests in a harassment-free environment. Intrusive Contact, defined below, violates this right and will not be tolerated.

What to Do in a Stalking Situation
  • The College defines intrusive contact as repetitive, menacing pursuit, following, harassment and/or interference with the peace and/or safety of a member of the community, or the safety of any of the immediate family members.
  • Repetitive is defined as composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose.

Such behaviors and activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • non-consensual communication, including, but not limited to, face-to-face, phone calls, voice messages, text messages, written letters, unwanted gifts;
  • cyberstalking and/or cyberbullying, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, social networking sites, and any form of online sources;
  • threatening or obscene gestures;
  • lurking, pursuing or following;
  • surveillance or other types of observation;
  • trespassing;
  • vandalism;
  • non-consensual touching.

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: fear for his or her safety or the safety of others and/or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Stalking is a crime under Florida state law. Options available to victims of stalking include reporting to the local police, seeking a remedy through civil proceedings, and/or utilizing the campus conduct process. For police assistance, call the non-emergency number of the St. Petersburg Police Department (727-893-7780). In an emergency, call 911.

See full policy available in the EC-Book Student Handbook. Portions of this Code of Conduct, reviewed in 2016, are adapted from the model policies and code authored by the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management. Use of this model policy has been licensed to Eckerd College for its Code of Conduct. All other use is strictly reserved to NCHERM under its copyright. Adaptation, use or copying of this code by any institution other than Eckerd College is not permitted without express written authorization by the copyright holders.