“knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct that is intended to annoy, seriously
alarm or terrorize another person and that serves no lawful purpose. The
conduct must be such that it would cause a reasonable person to suffer
substantial emotional distress.”
You can be harassed by phone calls, emails, text
messages, social media, in person, or through messages. The first step to stop
the behavior is to tell that person to stop the behavior that is concerning
you. If the person continues their behavior after that, police intervention may
be necessary. If you have any documentation or saved messages, please bring
these when you file your report. Most harassment discontinues when a report is
made and the subject is aware that police are ready to take action if the
behavior continues. If not, the investigator can explain your options,
depending on the situation.
Stalking: “consists of knowingly pursuing a pattern of
conduct, without lawful authority, directed at a specific individual when the
person intends that a pattern of conduct would place the individual in
reasonable apprehension of death, bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or
restraint of the individual or another individual.” “A pattern of conduct”
means “two or more acts, on more than one occasion, in which the alleged
stalker by any action, method, device or means, directly, indirectly, or
through third parties, follows, monitors, surveils, threatens or communicates
to or about a person.”
If someone is stalking you, report to police. This is a serious issue. Stalkers are known to
escalate their behavior if they are not stopped. Millions of people are stalked each year.
Most victims of stalking are afraid of what the person will do next, but they
talk themselves out of seeking help because they think if they take action
against the person, they might make things worse. Trust your instincts. There
are many safe guards in place that will protect you, both on campus and off.
Use the many resources there are on campus to stay
safe. There is Student Security in the resident halls on Main Campus, at
Student Family Housing, and at the Rainforest. You can reach them at the SRC
desk at (505) 277-2606. UNMPD has an escort service with Campus Security
Officers and Police and can be reached at (505)277-2241. Both are open 24/7.
Download the Rave Guardian
app on your phone and use those features. Remember that emergency blue
phones are all over campus. If you need them, use them.
If you are afraid to call police because of threats or
surveillance by the offender, have a friend contact police for you with a safe
way to reach you, or stop by the Women’s Resource
Center, the LoboRespect Advocacy Center,
SHAC, or any campus resource to assist you
in getting help.