Stalking

What is the definition of stalking? 

Under Iowa Law, a person commits Stalking when they do all of the following:

  1. The person purposefully engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person's immediate family.
  2. The person has knowledge or should have knowledge that the specific person will be placed in reasonable fear of bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific person's immediate family by the course of conduct.
  3. The person's course of conduct induces fear in the specific person of bodily injury to, or the death of, the specific person or a member of the specific person's immediate family.

What should I do if I feel I am being stalked?

If you feel you are being stalked, you should contact law enforcement.

What should I do if I am accused of stalking?

If you are accused of stalking, you should contact Student Legal Services or another attorney of your choosing immediately. Under no circumstances should a person accused of stalking attempt to contact the person they are accused of stalking. Stalking in Iowa is a serious offense that may be punished by a prison sentence.