» If You are Being Stalked

There are many ways to increase your level of safety, whether you are dealing with a stalking/harassment situation or ending an abusive relationship. Here are some things to consider:

  • Don’t try to handle this problem on your own.
  • Call 911 or police if you are in immediate danger.
  • Call Chapman Public Safety at 714-997-6763.
  • Program emergency numbers into all your phones, especially cellphones, or tape the numbers to all your phones.
  • Talking to a counselor or a trusted person can help keep you mentally healthy and emotionally strong. Being stalked can be very frightening.
  • Call the Dean of Students office if you would like guidance and assistance: 714-997-6721.


What is Stalking?

Stalking is behavior wherein an individual willfully and repeatedly engages in a knowing course of harassing conduct directed at another person, which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes that person. Stalking involves one person's obsessive behavior toward another person. Initially, stalking will usually take the form of annoying, threatening, or obscene telephone calls, emails or letters. The calls may start with one or two a day but can quickly increase in frequency.

The Chapman University Conduct Code states: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

  • fear for his or her safety or the safety of others: or
  • suffer substantial emotional distress
  • this may include but not be limited to:
    • Non-consensual communication or threats, including face-to-face, telephone calls, voice messages, emails, chat requests, friend or contact requests on social networking sites, text messages, posting of statements or pictures on social networking sites, written letters, gifts or any other communications that are undesired.
    • Surveillance or other types of observation of another through computer spyware, GPS systems, pursuing, repeatedly staring, following, waiting or showing up uninvited at class, residence, workplace, or other places frequented by the specified individual, gathering information about an individual from friends, family, or co-workers, or third party stalking or stalking by proxy.
    • Behavior in which an individual willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly engages in knowing course of conduct directed at a specific person which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes the person.