Electronic Harassment Policy

Communicating with others in annoying or offensive ways is not only in bad taste but it is a crime as well. In New York State any communication that meets the following standard is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and $1000.00 fine:

"with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm another person, he or she: 1. Communicates, or causes a communication to be initiated by mechanical or electronic means..." (NYS Penal Law Sect 240.30) Tips in Handling Annoyance Electronic Communication.

University Police has some helpful tips on handling annoying electronic communications. If you have tried these and still continue to receive annoying, harassing, or threatening electronic communications, report it to University Police. All threats to your physical safety should be reported to the police.