Stalking

If you feel unsafe because of attention another person is giving you, it could be stalking. Most of the time, the purpose of stalking is to attempt to force a relationship with someone who is unwilling or otherwise unavailable. For Mercer University's definition of stalking, please review the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy.

IF YOU ARE BEING STALKED:
  • Go to a safe place.
  • Contact someone who can help you. If you are in immediate danger call Mercer Police, 911, a friend, or your Resident Assistant.
  • Trust your instincts.  
  • Cut off all communication with the stalker. Screen your calls. If the stalker knows your phone number, consider getting it changed, blocking the person’s phone number or using a pre­paid cell phone with no contracts or billing.
  • Seek confidential support.  Contact your campus counseling service M-F 8:30am-5:00pm or if after hours, contact Mercer Police to access a counselor on call.
  • Develop a safety plan.  Contact Mercer Policethe Title IX Coordinator or the Dean of Students to assist you in developing a plan for your safety.
  • Talk with an advocate. Mercer has identified several crisis centers and advocacy organizations in close proximity to each campus that can provide support over the phone or in person. 
  • Request a protective order, no contact order, or safe housing. Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Dean of Students can help explain this process.
  • Document the stalker’s behavior, including date, time, location, what the stalker was doing, and if there were any witnesses. Save all emails, texts, and other messages.
  • Vary routines, including changing routes to work, school, and other places you regularly frequent.
  • Use Mercer Police, when you are on campus to escort you to your car, building, or residence hall.
  • Adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites, or consider deleting your profiles altogether.
  • Academic concerns. If you are having trouble attending classes or completing your academic assignments, papers, and/or exams, contact the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students.

REMEMBER STALKING IS NOT YOUR FAULT. HELP IS AVAILABLE. 

Please visit the Who Can I Talk To? page for more information about confidential and private support and resources.