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Harrassing & Obscene Communications


Anyone can be the victim of harassing, annoying, obscene or threatening telephone calls, email, text messages, and other communications. Although such calls/messages do not usually constitute a threat to personal safety, on-campus residents should contact OUPD, and off-campus residents should contact the Norman Police Department, on receipt of a telephone call of questionable intent or origin. They can usually help you stop the unwanted communications.


Online Cyberstalking

National surveys indicate that there is a tremendous increase in cyberstalking incidents among college women.

Cyberstalking is threatening or harassing behavior directed at another using the Internet or other forms of online and computer communications. Victims can be targeted through chat rooms, message boards, discussion forums and social networking sites. This type of harassment is a misuse of OU computing resources and a violation of the Student Code.

Victims should consider filing a report of any harassing behavior with OUPD.


The National "DO NOT CALL" Registry

The National "DO NOT CALL" Registry logo

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Read more about it at

Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls. To add your number to the Registry you can call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register, or go click on “Register a Phone Number” in the left column of this page.