Harassing Phone Calls
Unwanted and Harassing Telephone Calls
Students, faculty and staff
periodically report to Police incidents of harassing or
obscene telephone calls. These calls come from both
on-campus and off-campus locations and originate for a
variety of motives.
The University Police actively
investigate such complaints, and the person(s) are
identified in some incidents. Criminal and/or University
charges can result with appropriate sanctions. Your
awareness and cooperation is essential in combating this
form of victimization.
The accompanying information
will hopefully assist you in the unwelcome event of annoying
telephone calls of an obscene or harassing nature.
Harassing Telephone Call
calls are a common occurrence throughout any community. They
disrupt our personal and professional life, as well as
inflict untold emotional stress.
The University community is not
immune to such unfortunate incidents. However, there are
several suggestions that the University Police have outlined
for University members to help reduce and eliminate
annoying/harassing telephone calls.
hang-up the receiver
after your second "hello" or at the first indication
that it is not a normal phone call. Do not slam the
receiver-this tips the caller in believing s/he has
succeeded in annoying you.
Don't give out
to the caller. If the caller claims to be taking a
survey, ask for the caller's name, phone number and the
organization being represented. This will help verify
the authenticity of the survey.
the caller or extend the conversation
by trying to determine his/her identity or by answering
with witty or sarcastic remarks. Bear in mind the caller
usually wants an emotional reaction from the victim.
any sympathy or concern
for the caller. The caller will continue to use the
victim for support.
annoying/harassing phone calls to the University Police
Completing the telephone call log (provided) will assist
the University Police in investigating the incident.
are very often responsible for the annoying/harassing
Discuss the calls with the appropriate authorities who
can assist you in resolving the problem.
For continuing persistent
calls, acquiring campus PHONEMAIL service and
changing your phone number are some options which
University Police can assist you with in coordination
with the Telecommunications Office.
exists to place your telephone on a trap system
to identify the location of on-campus calls. This can be
arranged through University Police and