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MALICIOUS CALL TRACE (MCT)
INSTRUCTIONS

The malicious call trace feature is intended for use in harassing phone call cases or medical emergency call traces on campus. When an unwanted call is received, please follow these steps:

For Multi-line Telephones:

1. Press the “MCT-ACT” button while still engaged in a conversation with the harasser.
2. The telephone number instantly registers at the University Police.
3. Do not attempt to turn off the feature; University Police will deactivate it after they have captured all the necessary information.
4. Once the caller has hung-up, multiple line telephones may select another line for use to call the University Police at extension 4-2628, and tell the dispatcher that you have activated the MCT feature.
5. At that time, the UP will advise of any further procedures.

For Single-line Telephones:

1. Do not hang up your telephone while the harasser is on the line.
2. Go to an unoccupied university phone, not a Verizon phone, and dial #48 plus your (the victim’s) extension. (Example: if your extension is 4-1234, then go to an unoccupied university phone, either a courtesy phone or your neighbor’s phone and dial #48 41234).
3. After you have activated the MCT feature, you may then hang up both telephones.
4. Cal the University Police at extension 4-2628 and tell the dispatcher that you have activated the MCT.
5. At that time, the UP will advise of any further procedures.

If you have any further questions about the malicious call trace feature, please contact the University Police Communications Center at extension 4-2629.

The malicious call trace feature is a FREE service that is provided to all university telephones only. This service cannot be activated from Verizon telephones (i.e., pay telephones or other non-campus telephones.)

Making an obscene or harassing call is a violation of state and federal laws.

A phone call is considered obscene or harassing if it is received at a location where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy and the caller makes repeated calls or makes any comment, request, suggestion, or proposal which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, vulgar, or indecent. Such a call or language intends to abuse, threaten or harass any person who answers the telephone.

Observations:

• Pay attention to any background noises, the caller’s sex, accent, speech pattern, or anything else to aid in identification.

• Be wary of a caller claiming to be conducting a survey.

• Keep a log of calls received. Include date, time, and details of the call.

• If you have a display telephone, note any telephone number of ID in your display.

• If calls are recorded on an answering machine, save the tape.

• Never volunteer your number to an unknown caller.

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