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ISU Public Safety

Harassing & Obscene Phone Calls

Idaho Code 18-6710

Use of a telephone to annoy, terrify, threaten, intimidate, harass or offend by lewd or profane language, requests, suggestions or proposals - Threats of physical harm - Disturbing the peace by repeated calls.

On Campus

Obscene and harassing phone calls can be a chronic problem on campus. The calls are often received at residence halls, but may be received at business offices as well. Most of these types of calls are made at random.

What Does Public Safety Do?


Simple options may be just hanging up or taking the phone of the hook for a while.

You may need to have your telephone number changed and keep an unlisted phone number.

You may need to use ISU Telecommunications Caller ID.

What is Caller ID and How Does it Work?

In the event a student, faculty or staff member receives harassing telephone calls from an on-campus telephone, the ISU Telecommunications Department will aid in the identification of the source of the call. This service works much like that offered by QWest (Tele-Abuse). The Telecommunications Department will provide caller identification service under the following conditions:

  1. The victim receiving the harassing telephone calls must file a complaint with the ISU Public Safety and/or the Pocatello Police Department.
  2. The victim must be willing to sign a caller identification release form.
  3. The victim must be willing to testify in court and/or in a campus disciplinary hearing, if it is determined a crime or a violation of University rules have been committed and sufficient facts justify prosecution or disciplinary action.
  4. The victim will be required to keep a log, provided by the Telecommunications Department of all incoming and outgoing calls.
  5. Caller identification will not be initiated by the University unless instructed to do so by ISU Public Safety or other law enforcement officials and not before the Telecommunications Department has a signed release form from the victim on file.

This service termed “Caller Identification” is not a wire-tap or listening device. The substance of the call cannot be ascertained. The service is placed on the requesting individual’s phone line and gives an ongoing indication of telephone activity. It only identifies internal campus calling numbers. Off-campus telephone harassment must be coordinated through QWest by Public Safety, the Telecommunications Department, and Pocatello Police.

What if I Don't Live on Campus and Receive Harassing/Obscene Phone Calls?

Call Trace

Helps stop threatening, obscene or harassing calls. Call Trace will automatically trace and record a caller's phone number at the Qwest Call Identification Center. Let us help protect you and your privacy.


Pricing and Availability

You do not have to order Call Trace. For your convenience, it is already programmed on your line. There is an activation fee each time you use Call Trace which varies from $1 to $2 depending on where you live. To find out exactly how much this service will cost you, please call (800) 996-2347.

How It Works

If you receive a threatening call:

The caller's name and number will not be released to you under any circumstances. Normally, it takes three successful traces before any deterrent action will be taken by Qwest or a law enforcement agency.

Call Pocatello Police at 234-6100 and/or Public Safety at 282-2515. Always diall 911 in an emergency situation.

Personal Safety Precautions

Never give personal information to strangers over the telephone (i.e., social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc.).

Never leave notes on your door when you are not home stating where you are or what time you will be home.

Never block doors open for after-hours access - Jeanne Clery, murdered in her dorm room, April 5, 1986 - During the early morning hours of April 5, 1986, Jeanne Ann Clery, was tortured, raped, sodomized and murdered in her dormitory room at Lehigh University. Her killer was a drug and alcohol abuser, a Lehigh student whom Jeanne had never met. He gained access to her room by proceeding, unopposed, through three propped-open doors, each of which should have been locked.

If it appears your residence has been entered in your absence, do not go in. Call Public Safety or, if you do not live on campus, call your loal police department.

Always be alert to your environment/surroundings. Know your escape routes and who you can trust.

When walking, try to stay in well lit areas or walk with someone you know and trust, when possible.

Dress for freedom of movement in cause you need to run.

While driving, keep your windows up and doors locked.

When on campus you never have to walk alone
Call for a safety escort from Public Safety
24 hour service - 282-2515

Last Modified: 03/04/15 at 03:04:32 PM