Indiana University Bloomington

Harassing Telephone Calls

Annoying or harassing phone calls, as well as electronic mail messages, are a common problem on college campuses. They are many times viewed as mere pranks. State law and the Indiana University Police Department consider it to be Harassment by Communication, a Class B Misdemeanor offense.

The Indiana Criminal Code considers the following to be Harassment by Communication:

Harassment by Communication is punishable by imprisonment of up to 180 days, and a fine of up to $1,000.

The following suggestions and notes are given for dealing with harassing calls:

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

If you receive an annoying, harassing, threatening or obscene communication on the IU Campus, you should contact the Indiana University Police Department immediately. The following steps will then be taken if the communication is by phone:

If you do not wish to report the incident to the IU Police, but still want your phone number changed, contact IU Communication Services and a $25 fee will be assessed to change your telephone number.

HARASSING TELEPHONE CALLS TO YOUR OFF-CAMPUS TELEPHONE

To change your information in the off-campus telephone directory, dial (812) 856-3510 for service. To have a non-listed number (your number is not in the directory, but is available from Information) you will be charged $1.50 a month. To have a non-published number (your number is not available in the directory or from Information) you will be charged $2.85 a month. To initiate a free, two week number change there is no charge. To make that number change permanent the charge is $27. No police report is needed for either number change service. You are advised to not publish your number if you change it. For $9.50 a month you can get Caller ID installed on your phone. This allows you to identify the telephone number of the person who is calling you before answering. It will also log the number, and the frequency and time of day the call was made.

PERSONAL INFORMATION WITHHELD FROM CAMPUS TELEPHONE LISTING

Information presented above taken from the IUPD Harassing Communication & Log.