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Stalking, cyber stalking, and harassment are criminal offenses under Maryland state law. Howard Community College (HCC) is committed to providing a safe and secure learning and working environment that is free from stalking, harassment, and other threats and these actions are prohibited at HCC.
HCC adopts the State of Maryland definintion for stalking as "a malicious course of conduct that includes approaching or pursuing another where the person intends to place or knows, or reasonably should have known, the conduct would place another in reasonable fear of serious bodily injury, an assault in any degree, rape or sexual offense, false imprisonment, or death."
Harassment is defined by the college as intentionally following another person in or about a public place without their consent or maliciously engaging in a course of conduct that alarms or seriously annoys the person with the intent to do so after receiving a reasonable warning or request to stop.
Stalking, cyber stalking, and harassment behaviors may include, but are not limited to, the following:
The scope of the HCC stalking and harassment policy applies to all students, employees, and visitors equally. The college reserves the right to administer additional sanctions to an offender if the incident affects the academic or work environment of the college. College disciplinary procedures are independent of any and all criminal procedures. A substantiated charge against an employee or student of the college will subject that person to disciplinary action.
Effective Date: 02/28/14