Seeking support and safety for yourself and those you care about is important. Stalking is against the law in Arizona and it is a Code of Conduct violation on campus. Here are some options for you. In getting the stalking to stop you may want to consider a number of options.
To Make a Formal Report
If the stalking is occurring…
On campus, in a UA-owned facility or at a UA-sponsored event you can contact UAPD to make a report at (520) 621-8273. If you are on campus and you are in danger, emergencies can be reported by dialing 911 or by using one of the blue light telephones located throughout campus and parking structures. In an emergency, if you push the button on a blue light an officer will be dispatched. To learn more about UAPD click here.
Off-campus you can contact Tucson Police Department at 911.
To Make a Confidential Report
Some individuals want to file a report but do not want anyone to know that they have done so. If you are a victim of stalking and do not want to pursue action with the Dean of Students Office or with the police department, you may want to consider making a confidential report. The Oasis Program is able to provide this service to students, faculty, and staff. The purpose of filing a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to inform others that there is a problem on campus. The Oasis Program utilizes the information provided only for programmatic and statistical purposes.
UA Code of Conduct Complaint
If the person who is stalking you is a UA student and has engaged in stalking behaviors on campus or at a university sponsored event you can file a Code of Conduct complaint against him or her.
The Code of Conduct at the University of Arizona outlines expectations for appropriate behavior. Included as prohibited behavior in the Code of Conduct is "engaging in harassment or repeated unwanted contact or repeated unwanted contact, including, but not limited to, stalking.”
Stalking is a serious offense that may result in a variety of university disciplinary actions. Students have the option of contacting the Dean of Students Office to make inquiries and to seek assistance regarding possible violations of the Code of Conduct by another student.
If a UA student files a complaint against another UA student regarding stalking that has taken place on campus or at a UA-sponsored activity, the UA may pursue Code of Conduct charges against the accused student whether or not these charges are pursued by legal authorities and whether or not the student is convicted of these charges.
Filing for an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment
In Arizona there are two legal routes to attempt to gain safety. Be aware that filing for either of these orders does not guarantee safety.*
An individual can file for an Order of Protection if they are living with, have lived with, have a child with, or are a family member of the individual from which he/she needs protection. Check out this website for information about how to file for an Order of Protection:
Tucson City Court Orders of Protection
If you do not meet the requirements for an Order of Protection (see above), you can file for a similar legal order called an Injunction Against Harassment. Check out this web site for information about how to file for an Injunction Against Harassment:
Tucson City Court Injunction Against Harassment
* Filing for either of these orders is an individual decision and should be based upon information regarding each person’s situation. Research has documented that in some cases risk can increase after a protective order is served. However, in other cases, the risk is decreased by an order. There is no way to know for sure how the perpetrator will react to being served. It may be helpful to talk with professionals about this option. Most importantly, listen to what your instincts are telling you.