Student Telephone Usage Policy

STUDENT TELEPHONE POLICY

As an additional benefit to our residence hall students, USAO will provide basic local telephone service to Sparks Hall dormitory rooms and Lawson Court Apartments. Remember that there are a limited number of telephone lines to the dormitories so busy signals could occur. Please be phone-friendly.

Student Responsibility

  1. Students are required to provide their own telephone handset.
  2. Students are expected to report all problems encountered with the telephone system to Information Services, extension 1319.
  3. Students will maintain total responsibility for proper use of and for all calls made from their assigned telephone number. Always secure your room and be aware of who is using your phone.
  4. Students must provide their own long distance services through their preferred provider which must use a toll-free access number. No long distance calls, except for toll-free numbers, will be allowed through the phone system.
  5. Students are not allowed to accept any “reverse charges” type of call (such as a collect call) nor are they allowed to charge a toll call to their telephone number. All collect calls are traced directly to the receiving number and the receiving student will be assessed a $25 charge in addition to the cost of the call.
  6. Students are not allowed to connect any computer to the telephone system for dialup computer access. This is a traceable activity that could result in the loss of your telephone service. Network jacks are provided in each room for this purpose.

Fraud

Fraudulent use (or attempted fraudulent use) of the telephone system will be referred to the Office of Student Services and/or law enforcement agencies where the following actions may occur:

  1. An investigation will be conducted to determine all details related to the incident.
  2. Where fraudulent use is found, i.e., calls were made in a manner attempting to escape payment, restitution to the University will be required. In addition, the offending student will be required to pay a penalty of twice the amount of the charges, but no less than $10 or more than $100.
  3. Where proof exists that fraudulent use is attempted, i.e., proof that any attempt was made to find or use Authorization codes that would allow fraudulent calls to be completed, will be considered a violation.

Action

In all cases, the following action(s) may also be taken:

  1. The student may lose all rights to telephone services.
  2. The Office of Student Services will pursue appropriate disciplinary action.
  3. Information may be turned over to appropriate law enforcement agencies for further investigation and prosecution.

LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE SERVICES ARE NOT FREE!

This may be the most important information you get this trimester. It could save you from criminal prosecution for something you may not know is a crime. Telephone fraud is a crime that can be traced!

If you’re arrested for fraud, you will be prosecuted under state and federal criminal statutes. You could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine, if convicted.

Avoid a criminal record that remains for life. Remember that anything you don’t have to pay for is probably illegal.

If someone says they have a number you can use to make free long distance phone calls, think twice about it. There is no such thing as a free long distance phone call.

Committing phone fraud could destroy your future. You are attending college to build for your future.