IRM-005: Coordination and Approval of Telecommunication Services
Academic Division, the Medical Center, and University-Associated Organizations.
Information Technology Services provides a central telephone system for all non-student users at the University to facilitate common telecommunication practices and procedures. The policy highlights key responsibilities for use of the University Telephone System.
All users except for those whose sole affiliation with the University is student or applicant.
The areas where administrative functions, teaching, and research facilities of the University that are used by members of the University community are located as well as athletic and recreational facilities.
University Telephone System:
Official name of the University’s telephone system.
Information Technology Services (ITS) coordinates and approves telecommunication services in University buildings or on University Grounds. Consultation with ITS is required for other locations or related services. This responsibility extends to the operation of the University Telephone System, reviewing departmental needs, evaluating solutions proposed to meet those needs, and providing appropriate services. In addition, ITS establishes rates for telecommunication services and bills all departments for telephone equipment and services to recover system costs and operating expenses. In Health System locations, ITS shares these responsibilities with Health Information and Technology (Health IT), delegating standard operational activities to them.
Faculty and staff are required to use the University telephone system on University Grounds. Specifically:
- Telephone Lines:
All departments are required to use the University Telephone System in University buildings or University Grounds unless extraordinary circumstances exist. Determination of whether a department qualifies for an exception will be made by ITS and or Health IT and not by the department itself. Should an exception be granted, ITS and Health IT, as appropriate, must assist the department in the procurement and provisioning of services provided by other telecommunication service providers.
The University retains ownership of all telephone numbers issued to departments or individual users. Individuals and departments must not port the University issued telephone numbers to an outside carrier.
- Telephone Equipment:
ITS and Health IT provide all Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone equipment. Departments are prohibited from connecting non-University Telephone System approved equipment. However, departments may provide and connect analog telephony devices as well as all telephone accessories (examples: fax machines, modems, headsets, etc.).
Departments are responsible for the VoIP telephone equipment issued to them. Any replacement and/or repair costs due to theft, damage, and/or neglect will be billed back to the department. Theft of telephones or related equipment should be reported immediately to the University Police.
Telephone Location and Emergency Services:
To support timely and location accurate 911 response, only University Telephone System authorized personnel are allowed to move/relocate telephones and/or lines. University departments that move telephones without working with ITS or Health IT, as appropriate, will be charged for correcting the resulting inventory errors. An accurate inventory is critical for the proper operation of the E-911 emergency location system.
The University Telephone System is for OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY BUSINESS ONLY. Personal long-distance calls must never be charged to a University telephone number. Anyone charging personal long-distance calls to University numbers is violating Federal and local tax laws.
Request for Telephone Call Detail Records (CDR):
Requests for CDR information (who called whom, when) that originate from someone other than the person associated with the University phone number should be directed to the Records and Information Management ServiceNow Initiate ESI Hold or Request Form in accordance with University policy IRM-012: Privacy and Confidentiality of University Information.
Compliance with Policy:
Failure to comply with the requirements of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with relevant University policies. Violation of this policy may also violate federal, state, or local laws.
Questions about this policy should be directed to Information Technology Services.