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U of U Police investigating reports of telephone harassment at campus libraries

Caller urged employees to repeat book title containing racial epithet
J. Willard Marriott Library
Posted at 7:35 AM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 09:35:36-05

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah Police is investigating a series of troubling phone calls placed to three of the university's libraries over the last few months.

According to an alert sent to library employees, the Marriott Library's main information line received one of the calls on the afternoon of January 28.

The caller requested that the library employee look up a book whose title contains a racial epithet, then repeat the title aloud multiple times.

Similar incidents have been reported at the university's Eccles Health Sciences Library and Faust Law Library beginning in November.

"[I]f any university community members are identified as having made the calls, the Office of the Dean of Students, Human Resources, or other appropriate administrator will ensure that appropriate action is taken to address the incident," the alert said.

Anyone with information on the harassment is urged to contact University Police, the Racist and Bias Incident Response Team, or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.