Stalking is defined as any unwanted, repeated, and continuing contact which directly or indirectly causes a person to feel threatened, harassed, or intimidated.
Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. Stalking is a crime under the laws in all 50 states.
Stalkers can be former partners, friends, co-workers, or strangers. An individual is never responsible for a stalker’s behavior.
Some things stalkers do:
- Follow you and show up wherever you are.
- Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or emails.
- Damage your home, car, or other property.
- Monitor your phone calls, computer use, or social media accounts.
- Use technology, like hidden cameras or GPS, to track where you go.
- Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work.
- Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets.
- Contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.
- Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
If you are being stalked, you may:
- Feel fear of what the stalker will do.
- Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust.
- Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge.
- Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry.
- Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don’t understand why you are afraid.
Things you can do if you are being stalked:
- If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
- Trust your instincts about what you feel is happening to you.
- Do not communicate with the stalker if they contact you.
- Talk to someone you trust.
- Connect with an advocate and make a safety plan.
- Keep evidence of the stalking.
- Report to the police.
- Seek supportive counseling.
- Consider getting a court order.
If you have obtained an Order for Victim Protection that includes a UW location(s), please:
- Consider connecting with a UW victim advocate. See contact information below.
- Provide a copy of the order to the local Police Department and to UW Bothell Security and Campus Safety.
- If you would like additional support report the situation to us at 253-692-SAFE (253-692-7233).
SafeCampus is the central reporting office if you are concerned for yourself or a friend. We have trained specialists who will take your call, connect you with resources, and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. We are available 24/7.
UW Tacoma Student of Concern
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 253-692-4801
A student of concern is any student who is displaying behaviors that may get in the way of a student’s ability to be successful in the university environment. This could mean a student experiencing crisis, displaying odd or unusual behavior, engaging in behaviors that are perceived to be harmful (to self or others), or behaviors that may be deemed academically damaging. UW Tacoma has established a referral system to identify students.
UWPD Victim Advocate (available to UW students and staff)
The Victim Advocate works with staff, faculty and students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The Victim Advocate meets with individuals to offer support and guide them through their rights, options, and resources.
UW Tacoma Campus Safety and Security
- Emergency number 253-692-4888
- Non Emergency number 253- 692-4416
Includes campus security and safety escorts.
UW Tacoma Student Counseling Center
Student Counseling Center provides individual, couple, and group counseling, educational workshops and classroom presentations, support groups, consultation with students, faculty, and staff, and referrals, when appropriate, to community mental health and social service providers.
UW Tacoma Human Resources
We support all UWT employees: staff, faculty, and students. Our goal is to do our part in creating a positive and productive workplace.
UW CareLink (available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff)
- TTY/TDD: 877-334-0489
The UW CareLink program offers short-term confidential counseling services for faculty and staff at no cost. Master’s-level counselors are available to take your call, any time day or night.