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Harassing Messages

A side affect of the extensive campus communication system is the possibility of nuisance or harassing phone calls and e-mail.  Should you receive a harassing, obscene, or nuisance message via telephone, e-mail, or instant messages, contact Public Safety and report the incident.  In addition, it is recommended that you follow these suggestions:

Telephone Calls

  • Hang up!  As soon as you hear an unusual sound, obscenity, or no response, hang up.  If the call is repeated, hang up again.
  • Do not engage in conversation.  This is what the caller wants.
  • If the caller says that he/she is conducting a sex survey or offers any unusual reason for the call, state that you are not interested and hang up.
  • Do not give out your name, address, telephone number, living arrangements, class schedule, or any other personal information over the phone.
  • Avoid placing your phone number in the newspaper or elsewhere.
  • If you are receiving harassing telephone calls frequently, keep a log to record time, date, and type of call for investigative purposes.

 E-mails or Instant Messages

  • If possible, save a copy of the e-mail, instant message, or other form of communication with offensive content.
  • Print out a copy, sign and date it, and keep it in a safe place.  If you cannot save a copy, write down the details of the correspondence including the date, time, and description of what was written, said, or done.  The more you have documented, the stronger your case will be.
  • Never encourage interaction with the caller.
  • Avoid chat rooms.