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Stalking

What is Stalking?

Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct that is directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for personal safety, the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Examples of stalking include, but are not limited to:

  • Persistent phone calls despite being told not to contact you in any form
  • Waiting at your workplace, residence hall, or in your neighborhood
  • Coincidentally showing up at the same places as you
  • Surveillance/following/pursuit
  • Sending persistent unwanted written messages
  • Sending gifts (romantic, bizarre, sinister, or perverted)
  • Making threats

What Should You Do If You Have Experienced Stalking?

  • Find Safety

    If you are in immediate danger, find a safe environment and seek help by contacting any of the following sources:

    • 911 (Emergency)
    • KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police 470-578-6666
    • Cobb County Police 770-499-3911
    • Paulding County Police 770-443-3010

    If you require immediate medical attention, contact 911. For non-emergency medical attention, seek help by contacting the following sources:

    • WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000
    • WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000
    • WellStar Paulding Hospital 470-644-7000
  • Preserve the Evidence

    If you have experienced an incident of stalking, do your best to preserve the evidence. These sources could include phone records, photographs, text messages, voicemails, emails and/or social media contact. These sources of evidence could be important should you decide to file a report or make a complaint.

  • Make a Complaint/File a Report 

    Complaints of alleged incident of stalking can be made to a number of KSU offices. You can also report an alleged incident of stalking to the KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police and the Cobb County Police. Please note that all reports of stalking to any of these offices will be investigated. These are non-confidential sources. Regardless of where you report, the university will coordinate its investigation.

    No person shall be subject to coercion or reprisal for action taken in good faith to seek advice concerning a sexual misconduct complaint, to file a complaint, or to serve as a witness, panel member, or representative in the investigation of a complaint. Acts or threats of retaliation are a violation of University policy and will be investigated and addressed accordingly.

    For further information on complaints and filing procedures, please see the KSU Sexual Misconduct Policy.

    KSU Office of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator

    The Office of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that KSU complies with all applicable laws and policies regarding discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status.  The office investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.   The office functions as a neutral party in investigating complaints and takes steps to fairly address and resolve such matters.

    Kennesaw Campus
    440 Bartow Avenue NW
    English Building, Suite 202
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-2614
    Email: eeo@kennesaw.edu

    Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

    The Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity handles violations of the KSU Student Code of Conduct.

    Kennesaw Campus
    1074 Canton Place NW
    University Village, Suite 5100
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-3403

    Marietta Campus
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Housing Office
    Marietta, GA 30060

    KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police

    Kennesaw Campus
    351 Paulding Avenue NW
    Public Safety Building 104
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-6666

    Marietta Campus
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Norton Residence Hall, Ground Floor
    Marietta, GA 30060

    Cobb County Police
    Kennesaw Headquarters
    140 North Marietta Parkway
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: 770-499-3911

    Paulding County Police
    247 Industrial Way North
    Dallas, GA 30132
    Phone: 770-443-3010

  • Seek Support and/or Counseling

    There are numerous on and off campus resources to assist you in deciding what steps you should take after an incident of stalking has taken place.

    Below are a list of sources that can be contacted for support and/or counseling.

    Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center

    The KSU Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center serves as a non-confidential source that provides advocacy and support for all members of the KSU community.

    Kennesaw Campus
    585 Cobb Avenue NW
    Kennesaw Hall, Room 3427
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: (470) 578-7858

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Counseling and Psychological Services

    The Counseling and Psychological Services Office serves as a confidential source where concerns can be discussed with a counselor in a private setting. Counselors can assist in the healing process by helping students make decisions and solve problems related to personal, social, and educational concerns.

    Kennesaw Campus
    585 Cobb Avenue NW
    Kennesaw Hall, Room 2401
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-6600

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

    Marietta Campus
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite 170
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: 678-915-7391

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

    Office of Victim Services

    The Office of Victim Services serves as a confidential source that provides a safe, private place for individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, domestic violence, and any form of sexual misconduct or violence. A professional victim’s advocate is available to provide emotional support and address immediate needs such as referrals for medical care, discussing options for reporting, and developing safety plans.

    Kennesaw Campus
    1074 Canton Place NW
    University Village, Room 6145
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-6725

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm (support available after office hours)

    National Resources

    National Stalking Resource Center

    The National Stalking Resource Center provides education and resources to effectively respond to stalking.

    Phone: 202-467-8700

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