U.S. long-distance calls: no code required
Author: Currently
Posted: March 4, 2013

Long-distance authorization codes are no longer needed for calling within the United States from a PSU phone. The change is the result of a new funding proposal made to the PSU Process Improvement Committee and approved by President Wim Wiewel. Networking & Telecom Services will continue to track domestic long distance use for departments through an automated system, but no charges will be made. However, authorization codes will still be required to dial international phone numbers.

This elimination of the authorization code for domestic long-distance dialing will result in administrative savings, because telecom coordinators will have fewer orders for codes from faculty and staff. An automated system will provide usage details (outgoing/incoming numbers, date/time of call, and duration) that will continue to show on departmental phone statement, but no charge will be associated.

Networking & Telcom Services (NTS) would like faculty and staff to know:

  • As part of the Oregon University System’s Financial Irregularity Policy, “making routine personal long distance calls on university phones” is considered “misuse of university assets.”
  • You should keep your PSU Authorization Code only if you need to make international calls. If you do not make international calls, please destroy the card.
  • Remember that long-distance authorization codes are considered passwords and should not be shared. You are accountable for calls made using your assigned authorization code.
  • As of April 1, 2013, NTS will deactivate all authorization codes that are no longer in use. A process will be implemented for you to notify us of your need to keep your authorization code for international dialing beyond this date.
  • Authorization codes will continue to be ordered per the existing process for international dialing. Please see your department’s Telecom Coordinator if you need to order a new code.