Hang Up on Harassment

What is phone harassment?

It’s making texting or making calls with lewd or obscene remarks, texting or making calls intended to harass whether or not conversation takes place, making the phone ring repeatedly, or making repeated calls solely to harass.

What you can do

• Call the police.

• Log details about times of the calls, the caller’s voice, background noise, and what was said.

• If you have been harassed you can have your number changed for free.

• Consider getting phone safety features or blocking numbers.

Where to report phone harassment

Contact the campus police

Contact the Office of Student Life

Prevent cyber-stalking or bullying

Technologies like texting, social networking, and e-mail are great to use, fun to have, but also easy to abuse. Cyber-bullies send hateful e-mails, posts, and text messages to taunt their targeted victims. Some go so far as to create groups or profiles with messages like “We hate John Doe.”

And cyber-stalkers, a new twist on the creep in the car with binoculars, use personal info found on the internet to track down and harass their victims.

To avoid attracting the attention of cyber-criminals, follow these safety tips:

What you can do if you’re being cyber-bullied

• If you receive a message that crosses the line, report it to the site administrators or consider blocking that user.

• Increase your privacy settings and remove personal information to make it harder for people to search for you.

• Contact the police.

What you can do to protect your privacy

• Never put personal information on Facebook or other social networking sites that you don’t want other people to have: your address, cell phone number, class schedule, etc.

• Watch for cookies. Cookies collect information from your surfing habits, and send them out to companies who may—or may not—be interested in protecting your privacy.

• Opt out of special offers. Many online companies give you the option to leave mailing lists that share your personal information. When signing up for a service or offer online, take a few seconds to "uncheck" the option to share your information with other companies.

• Always read the fine print. Check the privacy policy of a website before you type information into a form or share it with the company. If the company doesn't have a privacy policy listed, don't share your information!

• Check for the lock. Make sure you see a lock in the bottom right corner of your browser before typing information into a form. This means that the transaction is encrypted—and can't be intercepted.

• Guard your e-mail address. Don't use your personal e-mail address to sign up for newsletters or special offers. Get a free e-mail account just for junk mail.

• Leave personals out of it. When using chat providers and sites like Facebook, remember to set the privacy settings higher to keep cyberstalkers from finding you. Be sure that only close friends and family members have access to personal information.

Where to reports threats of stalking

Contact the campus police

Contact the Women’s Center

Contact the Office of Student Life

For more information
Information Security at K-State

Information Technology Usage policy

Stalking may be a violation of the university's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence.  The Office of Student Life and the Office of Affirmative Action can help you with this process.