Western Carolina University is committed to creating and maintaining a culture of safety. We strive to foster a supportive and secure environment, where individuals can feel safe to visit, learn, work and live. Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every individual in the Western Carolina University community. Together we can plan and prepare, stay informed and continue to foster a safe and secure campus environment.
WCU is the first of the 17 universities in the University of North Carolina system to be emergency medical dispatch certified. The department works closely with campus police, local law enforcement, fire and rescue and EMS to create a culture of preparedness across campus, including satellite facilities and the Highland Biological Station.
Tools and Techniques
Continued outreach, education and communication are vital. The institution has many strategies in place to promote a safe environment and is equipped to offer immediate response to emergencies on campus.
- WCU Alerts: Subscribe to stay informed of emergency communications and other important information via text message and email.
- Campus Siren System: Three siren towers are located around campus with omni-directional speakers at the top of each tower. Listen and learn more about the siren system.
- Emergency Blue Light Phones: Blue light emergency phones are located throughout campus. Emergency phones provide direct voice communications to the Western Carolina University Emergency Communications Center. These phones should be used to report suspicious activity, crimes in progress, or any emergency situation.
- Timely Warnings and Notifications: An alert is posted when the university considers a crime to pose an ongoing threat to students and employees.
- Web Notifications: Track daily and annual statistics.
- Annual Safety Report: Take time to familiarize yourself with the campus Annual Safety Report, which details information about crime and incidents on campus.
- Programs: Programs are offered to students, faculty, community organizations on an ongoing basis. Topics include Campus Safety Training, Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness, DWI Awareness, Sexual Assault, and many others.