Office assistants no longer allowed to transfer callsiths

Under new College guidelines, anyone who call hall offices requesting to be transferred to a specific extension or room will be denied. The College ended the practice because the system was being abused, and also to protect students’ privacy.

In the past, the Community Advisor (CA) or student resident on duty was allowed to give out the requested information or transfer the call.

Students often used this service to contact one another to be signed into residence halls.

Students had to give permission, however, to make the information available.

“We can’t transfer calls anymore because people were abusing the system in the past by using the hall office as a way to get around long distance charges,” Dom Serra, a CA for Travers Hall, said.

If a student living in the residence halls did not have long distance services, an individual from off campus could contact them by being transferred through the hall office.

Other students think the service should still be offered.

“I think that under certain circumstances it would still be a good idea to transfer calls from the hall office to students rooms, like in case of an emergency,” Dana Gaiser, a Peer Advisor in Wolfe Hall, said. “Otherwise, I see no problem with them offering room extensions with the students’ permission rather than transferring the calls.”

The College also stopped the program to protect students’ privacy.

According to Nisha Bavalia, junior biology major and CA in Decker, “In cases of emergency we will contact the individual and make sure that the message is delivered.”

“We attend a state school, which is open to the public,” Maria Bolognese, sophomore communication studies major, said. “As long as anyone can enter the residence halls throughout the day, I don’t see why our extensions can’t be given out with our permission.”

The College’s new restrictions have raised concerns among many students, who, without SGA’s “Little Black Book,” have no access to campus-wide names and contact information.

“I understand the need for privacy, but we have no other way of getting some of the numbers that are needed for reaching the students in our classes and clubs,” Caitlin Gaughan, sophomore communication studies major, said.

Other students use an instant messenger or cell phones to reach each other.

“This is a cellular world,” Christine Pinto, sophomore secondary English major, said. “There aren’t many students who do not use cell phones to contact friends. Privacy is a big deal nowadays and I can understand why the school is trying to protect the students. Between cell phones and AIM there shouldn’t be much of a problem getting in touch with other students.”