Theft,  Harassment & Harassing Phone Calls

Remember...Stay calm.  When you are reporting an emergency situation give concise, accurate answers to the 911 operator. Do not hang up until told to do so.
The Campus Safety and Police non-emergency phone number is (336)278-5555—on campus ext. 5555.

A. Anyone can be a victim of crime. Most criminals select their victims based upon opportunity, usually seeking opportunities of crime as opposed to targeting a specific person. If you are a victim on campus, you should immediately report it to Campus Police.

  1. Theft is one of the more prevalent crimes on campus. Thefts occur most often when property is left unattended or unsecured. Keep your belongings close to you or secured if you’re going to be away from them. For Non-emergency reporting, call ext. 5555 Campus Safety and Police.  In any situation where you feel unsafe always call 911.
  2. Harassment can be, and usually is, a crime directed specifically at you. It could be a problem with a personal relationship, or that someone felt offended during a brief encounter you had with him or her, or that you represent an organization that the actor has had a negative interaction with. For Non-emergency reporting, call ext. 5555 Campus Safety and Police.

    Harassment is more than just being annoyed at someone’s words or accusations. Given we work for an organization which provides a customer service; we are subject to persons being angry at what we do or not do. Sometimes we must deal with people venting their anger or frustration, but when that is displayed in a threatening, harassing, obscene, or violent manor, it’s harassment.

Harassment is defined as conduct (including verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct) that denigrates or shows hostility against an individual/group/entity when such conduct has the purpose or effect of:
• Unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or
• Creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or offensive working, living or learning environment


In part, by legal definition, harassment is when someone “strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact…” or threatens to do so, follows you “ in or about a public place”, “repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose”, communicates to you in a lewd, threatening, or obscene manner, or repeatedly communicates in an anonymous manner. If you feel that someone’s conduct towards you rises to this level, call Campus Police.
For further information refer to the Identity-Based Bias and Violence section

  1. Counseling Services: Emotional support is available for students, faculty or staff members who are victims of crime or violence.  Students who are victims of crime or violence who may want to speak with a trained bias/violence responder may call Safe Line at 336-278-3333 at any time to speak with a confidential responder.  In addition, counseling services are available to students by calling Student Counseling Services at 336-278-7280 during business hours.  Students experiencing an afterhours or weekend counseling crisis may call Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555.  They will dispatch the counselor on call to speak with the student by phone and assess next steps.
    Faculty and staff who are victims of a crime or violence and who need emotional or mental health support may contact he University’s Employee Assistance Counseling Program (EACP) by calling 336-538-78481 or toll free 1-877-800-9401 at any time.    This service is offered free to all University employees.

Harassing Phone Calls If you receive obscene, abusive, harassing, or threatening calls, the following are suggestions that may prevent further problems of this nature and/or assist in identifying the caller:

  1. Hang up at the first obscene word.
  2. Hang up if the caller remains silent the second time you say hello.
  3. Do not give any information such as your name, address, or verify your phone number until the caller has been properly identified as someone you know. The best response from you is as little as possible.
  4. Remain calm, don’t give any indications the call upsets you.
  5. Keep a record of the calls. Write down the date and time of the call, what was said, and the characteristics of the caller, such as a deep or high voice, accent, background noise, intoxicated, etc. If your phone has a caller ID feature, record or save the callers number.
  6. If calls persist, call Campus Police at ext 5555 and file a report.
  7. Be selective with whom you tell about the calls. Many obscene or harassing phone calls are made by acquaintances or someone you may have had a recent negative encounter with. Handle calls properly by discussing them only with the proper authorities that can help you deal with this.
  8. You may also contact the Dirctor for Inclusive Community Wellbeing at (336) 278-5017 or lroyster@elon.edu.

For further information refer to the Idntity-Based Bias and Violence section