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Policy 301.4

Contents

1 Introduction

1.1 This document has been written to establish policies and procedures to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics Act, hereafter called the “Clery Act,” and formerly known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II, Public Law 101-542) as amended. It is to be updated and published by October 1st each year and sent out to all students, staff and faculty via e-mail as the University’s Annual Security Report as required by the Clery Act.

2 Scope

2.1 This policy applies to all employees, students and prospective students of Appalachian State University, whose main campus is located in Boone, North Carolina, as well as visitors to the campus or non-campus property, as defined in paragraph 3.21 below.

2.2 In addition, all University policy statements, procedures and protocols apply to all employees, students, and visitors to Appalachian State University’s three separate campuses, the Caldwell Center (located in Hudson, North Carolina, at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute), the Hickory Center (located in Hickory, North Carolina, at the Catawba Valley Community College), and the Burke Center (located in Morganton, North Carolina, at the Foothills Higher Education Center), unless otherwise stated in the report.

3 Definitions

The criminal offenses and violations that must be reported to comply with the Clery Act are defined in accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which is a nationwide cooperative statistical effort in which city, college /university, county, State, Tribal and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily report data on crimes brought to their attention, and the Clery Act.

3.1 Criminal Homicide

Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter - the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Manslaughter - the killing of another person through gross negligence

3.2 Sex Offenses

Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
  1. Sexual assault – an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as defined below.
  2. Rape – The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. Rape includes acts of sodomy and sexual assault with an object.
  3. Fondling – The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
  4. Incest – Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degree wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  5. Statutory Rape – Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. In NC the statutory age for consent is 16 years old.
  6. Consent – The Student Code of Conduct defines consent as being clear, knowing, voluntary, and sober permission, through words or actions, for another individual to do something that affects the individual giving consent. Consent is based on choice and must be informed, freely and actively given, and mutually understandable, indicating a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon activity.

3.3 Robbery

The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

3.4 Aggravated Assault

An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury) Assaults that require medical attention for serious personal injury such as broken bones, internal injuries, and loss of teeth or stitches would meet this definition.

3.5 Burglary

The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

3.6 Motor Vehicle Theft

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. For reporting purposes include all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even if the vehicle was later abandoned, including joyriding.

3.7 Arson

Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property of another.

3.8 Weapon Law Violations

Violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

3.9 Drug Law Violations

Violations of laws prohibiting the production, distribution and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use. The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance.

3.10 Liquor Law Violations

Violations of state or local laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, not including driving under the influence and drunkenness; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

3.11 Hate Crimes

A crime reported to local police agencies or to a campus security authority that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim. For Clery Act reporting purposes this includes the above listed crimes, (except manslaughter by negligence, weapons, drug, and liquor violations) and larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as defined below.

3.12 Bias

A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin. The hate crime must be reported according to one of the above categories of bias.

3.13 Larceny-Theft

The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. (Note: Constructive possession is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th ed. as “where one does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.”)

3.14 Simple Assault

An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

3.15 Intimidation

To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack. (E.g. Communicating Threats, Harassment, Stalking)

3.16 Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property (Except "Arson")

To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

The Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 added the following crimes to be reported in the institutions Annual Security Report (ASR):

  1. Domestic Violence – A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim or by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common or by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
  2. Dating Violence – Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
  3. Stalking - Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. For the purpose of this definition:
    1. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means follows, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about, a person, or interferes with the person’s property.
    2. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
    3. Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.

Offenses are to be reported by separate geographical locations, as defined below:

3.17 On-campus

Any building or property owned or controlled by Appalachian State University (the “University”) within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area, hereafter called Main Campus, and that is used by the University in direct support of, or in a manner related to, its educational mission, including residence halls; and any property on Main Campus owned by the University, but controlled by another person, if that property is frequently used by students and supports our institutional purposes. The University’ Main Campus boundaries are defined as all university owned/controlled property located between King Street/Moretz Drive (North), Hardin/Blowing Rock Road ( East), Poplar Grove Road (West), and the main intersection of Highways 321/221/105 (South).

3.18 Residential Facilities

Any student housing facility that is owned or controlled by the institution, or is located on property that is owned or controlled by the institution, and is within the reasonable contiguous geographic area that makes up the Main Campus is considered an on-campus student housing facility. For Clery Act reporting purposes, this requires a separate reporting category. All reportable incidents that occur in a residential facility will be reported under this category and they will also be counted in the "on campus" category or in the” non-campus” category if required.

3.19 Public Property

All public facilities and property including roads, thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities that are either within the Main Campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Main Campus.

3.20 Non-Campus Building or Property

Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the University; or any building or property (other than a branch or separate campus) owned or controlled by the University that is used in direct support of its educational mission, is frequently used by students, and is outside the boundaries of Main Campus.

3.21 Clery Geography

Includes the areas that meet the definitions of On-Campus, Non-Campus Buildings or Property, Public Property and for purposes of maintaining a daily crime log, any other areas within the patrol jurisdiction of the University Police Department.

3.22 Separate Campus

Any location that meets all of the following criteria
  1. The property is owned or controlled by the University;
  2. The property is not reasonably geographically contiguous with the main campus;
  3. The University has an organized program of study on the property; and
  4. There is at least one person on site acting in an administrative capacity.

Other Important Definitions

3.23 Business Day

Monday through Friday, excluding any day when the University is closed.

3.24 Test

Regularly scheduled drills, exercises, and appropriate follow-through activities, designed for assessment and evaluation of emergency plans and capabilities.

3.25 Campus Security Authority

Is a Clery-specific term that encompasses the following four groups of individuals and organizations associated with the institution:
  1. All employees in the Appalachian State University Police Department;
  2. All individuals not employed by the University Police Department, who have responsibility for campus security (e.g., individuals who are responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property);
  3. Any individual or organization specified in the institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employee should report criminal offenses.
  4. An official of the institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings.

3.26 Prospective Employee

An individual who has contacted an official of the University for the purpose of requesting information concerning employment.

3.27 Prospective Student

An individual who has contacted an official of the University for the purpose of requesting information concerning admissions.

3.28 University

Refers to Appalachian State University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina with its main campus located in Boone, North Carolina.

3.29 Pastoral Counselor

A person who is associated with a religious order or denomination that recognizes him/her as someone who provides confidential counseling, and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a university pastoral counselor.

3.30 Professional Counselor

Is a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the university community and is functioning within the scope of his/her license or certificate.

3.31 Referred for campus disciplinary action

The referral of any student to any campus official who initiates a disciplinary action of which record is kept and which may result in the imposition of a sanction.

3.32 Hierarchy Rule

When more than one offense is committed during a single incident, follow the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report Hierarchy Rule, and count only the most serious offense, except for arson and hate crimes which must always be counted, even if there were other more serious offenses committed during the incident. Additionally, when an individual is the victim of a sex offense and a murder during the same incident, report the incident in both categories.

3.33 Awareness Programs

Community-wide or audience-specific programming, initiative, and strategies that increase audience knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration.

3.34 Bystander Intervention

Safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is risk of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.

3.35 Risk Reduction

Options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction and to increase empowerment and promote safety for victims by addressing conditions that facilitate violence.

3.36 Primary Prevention Programs and Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Campaigns

Are comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming, initiatives, strategies, campaigns, intended to end dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. They are culturally relevant, inclusive of diverse communities and identities, sustainable, responsive to community needs, and informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcomes.

3.37 Proceeding

All activities related to a non-criminal resolution of a university disciplinary complaint, including, but not limited to, fact-finding investigation, formal or informal meetings, and hearings.

3.38 Result

With regard to the university’s disciplinary proceedings, the terms results, outcomes, resolution and final determination are interchangeable and are defined to mean an initial, interim, and/or final decision by any official or entity authorized to resolve disciplinary matters within the university. The final result shall include any sanctions and disciplinary actions imposed by the university.

3.39 Interpersonal Violence

The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person or against a group or community that results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.

4 Policy and Procedure Statements

4.1 General Policy

4.1.1 On November 8, 1990, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Title II, Public Law 101-542) was signed into law. This law requires universities to produce and make available certain policy statements and statistics about campus crime.

4.1.2 This University policy is adopted to comply with Public Law 101-542, with its amendments and that portion of Public Law 110-315 that pertains to the Higher Education Opportunity Act campus safety disclosure responsibilities. In addition, this policy includes the University’s “good faith” effort to comply with the 2013 statutory changes made to the Clery Act as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA).

4.1.3 It is the policy of the University to publish by October 1st of each school year an annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report that informs current students and employees of the security and fire safety policies, procedures and practices described in this policy. The Director of Public Safety and Risk Management is responsible for preparing and distributing the annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. Coordination with many departments and agencies, such as Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management, Dean of Students, Student Conduct, University Housing, state law enforcement agencies and local police agencies is required to compile the report. The annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available in the University’s Policy Manual which is on the Web at http://policy.appstate.edu/2013_Campus_Security_and_Fire_Safety_Report Each member of the University community is notified by e-mail with a link to the report when the report is available on the Web. The report will be made available to prospective students, prospective employees, and other non-campus individuals upon request. Paper copies of the report may be requested by contacting the University Police Department at 828-262-2150 or by mail at: Appalachian State University Police Department, ASU Box 32113, Boone, NC, 28608.

4.1.4 The annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report will also disclose statistics from the previous three years concerning reported crimes listed under Definitions, section 3.1, above, that occurred: On-campus; in certain off campus buildings or property, either owned or controlled by the University or owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the main campus. The statistics will be collected from the University Police, Student Conduct Office, local law enforcement agencies, and other University officials who have been designated as Campus Security Authorities. Below are the reported crime statistics for the Main Campus (in Boone), the Caldwell Center Campus (in Hudson), the Burke Center Campus (in Morganton) and the Hickory Center Campus (in Hickory):

Appalachian State University Police Department

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crimes Statistics Act - 2013 - ASU Main Campus

Offense Type On-Campus Residential Facilities Non-Campus Buildings & Property Public Property
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 4 8 7 4 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-forcible Sex Offfenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 11 17 24 1 14 17 3 2 0 NA NA NA
Arson 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 2 0 0 NA NA NA 0 0 0 0 0 0


Number of Arrests/Referrals for Selected Offenses
Arrests On-Campus Residential Facilities Non-Campus Buildings & Property Public Property
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Liquor Law Violations 175 168 200 108 122 148 0 1 0 58 45 55
Drug Violations 140 133 107 106 88 65 7 4 5 2 14 15
Weapons Violations 4 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0


Judicial Referrals
Judicial Referrals On-Campus Residential Facilities Non-Campus Buildings & Property Public Property
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Liquor Law Violations 504 417 309 462 411 297 0 1 0 9 0 1
Drug Violations 145 133 46 100 118 33 0 3 0 3 0 0
Weapons Violations 5 3 7 4 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0


New Violence Against Women Act Offenses
Offense Type On-Campus Residential Facilities Non-Campus Buildings & Property Public Property
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Domestic Violence NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0
Dating Violence NA NA 2 NA NA 1 NA NA 0 NA NA 0
Stalking NA NA 4 NA NA 3 NA NA 0 NA NA 0


Notes:

  1. Crimes that occur in a Residential Facility are also included in crimes on campus.
  2. Non-Campus Buildings & Property are: university property outside the boundaries of Main Campus and property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by the university.
  3. Public Property includes crimes reported to the Boone Police for locations adjacent to Main Campus.
  4. Drug & alcohol arrest/referrals for 2011 were adjusted to reflect correct geographical locations.
  5. Hate Crimes:
    1. 2011 - 1 On-campus intimidation incident characterized as sexual orientation bias.
    2. 2012 - 0
    3. 2013 – 0


ASU Center at Burke
Offense Type On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property (#2) Public Property (#3)
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larceny 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Arrests On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property(#2) Public Property(#3)
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Judicial Referrals On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property(#2) Public Property(#3)
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


New Violence Against Women Act Offenses
Offense Type On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property Public Property
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Domestic Violence NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0
Dating Violence NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0
Stalking NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0

Notes:

  1. There are no Non-campus Buildings & Property.
  2. There is no Public Property on or adjacent to campus.
  3. There is no Residence Halls.
  4. Hate Crimes:
    1. 2011 - 0
    2. 2012 - 0
    3. 2013 - 0


ASU Center at Hickory
Offense Type On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property (#2) Public Property (#3)
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larceny 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Number of Arrests/Referrals for Selected Offenses

Arrests On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property(#2) Public Property(#3)
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Judicial Referrals On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property(#2) Public Property(#3)
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


New Violence Against Women Act Offenses
Offense Type On-Campus Non-Campus Buildings & Property Public Property
Year 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Domestic Violence NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0
Dating Violence NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0
Stalking NA NA 0 NA NA 0 NA NA 0


Notes:

  1. There are no Non-campus Buildings & Property.
  2. There is no Public Property on or adjacent to campus.
  3. There is no Residence Halls.
  4. Hate Crimes:
    1. 2011 - 0
    2. 2012 - 0
    3. 2013 - 0

4.1.5 Appalachian State University is committed to providing a safe learning, living and working environment. Members of the campus community are encouraged to use the annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report as a guide for safe practices on and off-campus; however, nothing in this policy or other publications of the University is intended to represent the University as an insurer of any individual’s personal safety or security. Ultimately, students, employees and visitors are expected to use caution and good judgment, and make decisions to ensure their own safety and security.

4.1.6 The University prohibits retaliation by any University officer, employee, or agent against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under any provision under the Clery Act. Any such retaliation may be the basis for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

4.2 Campus Law Enforcement

4.2.1 The Main Campus University Police Department office is located in the parking deck at 461 Rivers Street, in Boone. The department is responsible for protecting life and property on campus by providing emergency and non-emergency law enforcement services, crime prevention, criminal investigations, threat assessments and other safety- related services. The department consists of twenty-six (26) full-time state commissioned police officers, eight security officers, and nine civilian support staff. Should the need arise, the University Police Department staff are ready to assist you twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. For non-emergencies call 828-262-2150, for all on-campus police emergencies the University Police call 828-262-8000 or dial 911.

4.2.2 The University has no campus police officers assigned to any of our separate campuses, nor does it employ or contract any security officers at these locations. The primary law enforcement responsibility for each separate campus is as follows:

4.2.3 Burke Center Campus – All criminal incidents should be reported to the Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) Campus Security Department, located on the Main Campus of WPCC in the Health Science building, room 151. For non-emergencies call 828-437-1211 and for emergencies call 911. The WPCC Campus Security is comprised of both sworn and non-sworn officers. The sworn officers are commissioned as law enforcement officers by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Standards Division, and they all meet the certification standards for police officers in the State of North Carolina. Sworn officers have full arrest powers on the Burke Center Campus and the Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) campus.

4.2.4 Caldwell Center Campus – Campus law enforcement is provided to the ASU Caldwell Center as part of the contract the Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (CCC&TI) has with the Town of Hudson Police Department. All Hudson Police officers are commissioned as law enforcement officers by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Standards Division, and they all meet the certification standards for police officers in the State of North Carolina. Officers have full arrest powers on the campus of CCC&TI, including the ASU Caldwell Center. All criminal incidents should be reported to the Hudson Police Department located at 555 Central Street in Hudson or by calling the Hudson Police at (828) 728-5021, for all emergencies call 911. The Office of Facilities Services coordinates security and safety programs offered by the Hudson Police. CCC&TI also has a contract with Griffith Security, Inc. to provide security support for all facilities (including the ASU Caldwell Center) after hours and on weekends and holidays. Griffith Security officers have no arrest authority.

4.2.5 Hickory Center Campus – Campus law enforcement for the ASU Hickory Center is provided by the Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Campus Safety and Security Department, which is made up of Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. All CVCC Campus Safety and Security Officers are commissioned as law enforcement officers by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Standards Division, and they all meet the certification standards for police officers in the State of North Carolina. Officers have full arrest powers on the campus of CVCC and the ASU Hickory Center. All criminal incidents should be reported to the CVCC Campus Safety and Security located in the Student Service Building Office 864 of the CVCC main campus or by calling the Safety and Security Office at 828-327-7000 extension 711, for all emergencies call 911.

4.3 University Police Authority and Jurisdiction

4.3.1 University Police officers are commissioned as law enforcement officers by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Standards Division. Officers must meet all certification standards for police officers in the State of North Carolina. Officers have the power of arrest and are sworn to enforce statutes of North Carolina on University owned or leased property and public roads passing through or immediately adjoining University property. To maintain their certification, officers must complete 24 hours of annual in-service training, which includes qualifying on all assigned firearms.

4.3.2 University security officers are not sworn, do not carry firearms and have no arrest authority. As University officials, they do have the authority to refer students who violate the Student Code of Conduct to the Student Conduct Office. Security officers conduct security checks of campus buildings, provide escorts, and assist police officers in providing crowd control and security during special events.

4.3.3 The University Police Department maintains a close working relationship with the Town of Boone Police Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and has written mutual aid agreements with both agencies, providing University police officers off-campus arrest authority when operating under these agreements. Boone Police Officers and Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies have jurisdiction on campus, and although they regularly defer to the University Police for crimes that happen on campus, they do have arrest authority on campus.

4.3.4 The University Police Department has four full-time criminal investigators who are responsible for conducting all investigations on campus. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) also has investigative jurisdiction on campus and is available upon request to assist or assume control of any felony criminal investigations.

4.4 Policy for Reporting and Recording Criminal Incidents or Emergencies

4.4.1 The University Police Department is the primary contact point for the reporting of all campus emergencies and crimes. Officers responding to an emergency or crime will assess the situation and obtain additional assistance as needed.

4.4.2 The University requires employees (to the extent allowed under professional ethics constraints) and encourages students and visitors to promptly report crimes that occur on campus to the University Police Department, which has primary responsibility for security on campus. Prompt reporting of crimes to the University Police Department will aid in providing timely warning notices to the campus, when appropriate. Professional and pastoral counselors are encouraged to report crimes to the University Police, but the University does not mandate that they report. The University encourages professional and pastoral counselors; if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling to report crime on a voluntary basis to the University Police.

4.4.3 Crimes and other police emergencies should be reported to the University Police by calling 828-262-8000 or to the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction off campus by calling 911. Crimes may also be reported by using one of the numerous Emergency Blue Light phones located throughout main campus. Reports of crimes may also be made to the individuals listed below:

Dean of Students 828-262-2060
Director, University Housing 828-262-2160
Director, Student Conduct 828-262-2704
Associate Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Compliance 828-262-2144

4.4.4 Victims are encouraged to accurately and promptly report crimes to the campus police and other local police agencies, when they elect to do so. If a victim is unable to make a report, campus police will accept a report from a third party. Victims may also report crimes to campus security authorities, as defined in paragraph 3.25 above, who will promptly notify the University Police Department, so the Chief of Police can decide whether or not a timely warning report must be sent out.

4.4.5 All crimes reported by a victim to the campus police are investigated and the perpetrators are either referred to the DA for prosecution, referred to the Office of Student Conduct for discipline under the Code of Student Conduct, or both. University Police officers prepare cases and testify in court or disciplinary hearings as necessary.

4.4.6 The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is notified of all violations involving misuse of State property per NC General Statute§ 114-15.1 and has the authority to investigate these incidents if they feel it is appropriate. Other law enforcement agencies may assist with investigations upon request. Reports of felony violations and certain misdemeanor violations which occur on campus are routinely reported to the Division of Criminal Information (a division of the State Bureau of Investigation) each month.

4.4.7 Crimes may also be reported confidentially to one of the campus security authorities listed in paragraph 4.4.3 above, solely for inclusion in our Clery Act crime statistics report. Confidential reports will not trigger a criminal investigation unless there is substantial evidence to suggest that a serious threat to other members of the community exists.

4.4.8 The University Police also offer an anonymous reporting program by going to www.police.appstate.edu and clicking on Report Crime Information or Suspicious Activity Anonymously On-line. Clery crimes reported anonymously, may be investigated if the reporting person chooses to identify themselves, however if the reporting person chooses to remain anonymous the crime will not be investigated in order to maintain the true anonymity of the reporting person. All crimes that meet Clery reporting criteria will be counted and disclosed in our annual crime statistics report.

4.4.9 The University is committed to providing accurate crime statistics in its annual report and will not withhold, or subsequently remove, a reported crime from its crime statistics based on a decision by a court, coroner, jury, prosecutor, or other similar non-campus official. Only crimes investigated by law enforcement that are found to be false or baseless will be classified as “unfounded’ and deleted from our crime statistics annual report. All Clery Act reportable crimes reported to any Campus Security Authority will be included in our Annual Security Report Crime Statistics section unless the incident is investigated by law enforcement and subsequently classified as unfounded.

4.4.10 Recording Reports of Stalking. The information below is provided to clarify how the university will handle recording reports of stalking, which, by definition involves a pattern of incidents.

  1. When reports of stalking include activities in more than one calendar year, the university will include stalking in the crime statistics for the calendar year in which the course of conduct is first reported to law enforcement or to a campus security authority. If the stalking behavior continues into a subsequent year it would also be counted in the subsequent year crime statistics report.
  2. Each report of stalking will be recorded as occurring at the first location within the university’s Clery Geography in which either the perpetrator engaged in the stalking course of conduct or the victim first became aware of the stalking.
  3. The university will only count as a new and distinct stalking crime that is not associated with a previous report of stalking when the stalking behavior continues after an official intervention including, but not limited to, a disciplinary action or the issuance of a no-contact order, restraining order, or any other warning by a university official or a court.

4.5 Monitoring and Recording Criminal Activity of Students Off-Campus

4.5.1 The University relies on local, non-University law enforcement agencies for response to off-campus crimes. However, the Office of Student Conduct does collect off-campus arrest information on all felony arrests, assaults, drug arrests and certain alcohol related arrests. The University reserves the right to address allegations of off-campus crimes through the Code of Student Conduct when appropriate. The University also discloses in the annual security report crimes that occur on property owned or controlled by officially recognized student organizations.

4.6 Access to Campus Facilities and Residence Halls

4.6.1 Appalachian State University recognizes that its support is derived in large part from public funds and is therefore committed to making its facilities and property as readily available for use by groups and individuals as is consistent with its educational mission, its duties as a custodian of State resources, and its responsibility to consider the welfare and security of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The use of University facilities and grounds is governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina and Administrative Policy-1, Facility Use, Solicitation, Distribution of Printed Materials, Unscheduled Public Speaking Areas, and Peaceful Assembly. Departments and divisions of the University shall have priority in the use of University facilities. Recognized student organizations and University-affiliated organizations shall have priority in use over non-University organizations and persons. Except for residence halls, most campus facilities are open to the general public during normal business hours, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Individuals who wish to access University buildings or property after normal business hours or for special events should contact the appropriate department administrator or the Office of Business Affairs. University security officers and Police officers routinely check buildings.

4.6.2 Access to campus residence halls is restricted and controlled twenty-four (24) hours a day by a card access system, and residents gain access with their student identification cards. Invited guests must be escorted by a resident while in the residence hall. A door lock secures each residence hall room. A Resident Assistant (RA) is on duty in each hall from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Night Assistants (student safety monitors) work at the hall’s front desk and patrol the halls from 11:30pm to 3:30am. Night Assistants perform safety and security checks and contact the University Police as needed. Additionally, a Resident Director or Coordinator lives in each residence hall on campus. University Police officers also conduct security checks, safety presentations and regularly meet with RAs, RDs, and Coordinators as part of the University’s Community Policing Liaison program.

4.6.3 The Burke Center Campus is generally open to the public during normal business hours, weekdays from 8am to 5pm and during evening classes which normally end at 10pm. Individuals who wish to access the campus after normal business hours should contact the WPCC Security Department. If a classroom is locked check with the receptionist at the front entrance of the Foothills Higher Education Center or call 828-448-6140. There are no Residence Halls on the ASU Burke Center Campus.

4.6.4 The Caldwell Center Campus is generally open to the public during normal business hours, weekdays from 8am to 5pm. Individuals wishing to access the ASU Caldwell Center Campus after hours or on weekends should contact Griffith Security at 828-726-2200. If a classroom is locked, go to the ASU Administration Office H 137 or contact the switchboard by dialing “0” from any campus phone. There are no Residence Halls on the ASU Caldwell Center Campus.

4.6.5 The Hickory Center Campus is generally open to the public during normal business hours, weekdays from 8am to 5pm, but operating hours for each facility may vary. For access to a facility that is closed individuals must contact the CVCC Campus Safety and Security Office at 828-327-7000, x711 or the CVCC switchboard and they will contact campus security. There are no Residence Halls on the ASU Hickory Center Campus.

4.7 Security Considerations in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities

4.7.1 The University Police Department employs security officers that conduct building security checks and lighting surveys from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. each day. Security breaches and lighting outages are reported to the appropriate Physical Plant maintenance shop the next business day. In addition, University Police and Security officers report unsafe facility and grounds conditions, such as handrails, steps and unsafe roadway conditions (ice/snow) to the Physical Plant. The University maintains a blue-light system that enables persons to make direct telephone contact with the University Police Department if assistance is needed. The telephones with "location" lights are placed at strategic points throughout the main campus. The Physical Plant lock shop maintains all locking/security hardware and pursues upgrades to locking systems when funding is available. A campus safety walk is scheduled twice a year by the Student Government Association and University administrators to survey the adequacy and maintenance of campus lighting. A check is also done at those times to see that landscaping near buildings and along walkways does not obscure vision or present safety hazards. During the safety walks Student Government Association leaders test the Police response to calls from an Emergency Blue Light phone and make recommendations to the Administration to add new phones when warranted.

4.7.2 Maintenance of facilities for ASU Burke, Caldwell, and Hickory Center campuses are the responsibility of the host Community College. If ASU students or faculty have any security/safety maintenance concerns they should contact the appropriate Community College office listed below:

  1. Burke Center Campus - WPCC Campus Security Department at 828-437-1211
  2. Caldwell Center Campus – CCC & TI Facilities Services at 828-264-7670
  3. Hickory Center Campus - CVCC Campus Safety and Security at 828-327-7000

4.8 Timely Warning and Emergency Notifications

4.8.1 To help prevent crimes or serious incidents, the University Police Department will issue a Campus Crime Alert in a timely manner to notify community members about crimes, either on or off campus, that are considered by the Chief of University Police to represent a potentially serious or continuing threat to students and/or employees. Crimes reported to the University Police by CSA’s are also evaluated to determine if a Crime Alert should be sent out. The University may issue a Crime Alert for other crimes but must evaluate all Clery Act reportable crimes to determine whether a Crime Alert should be sent out. The Investigations Captain or his designee shall confer with the Chief of Police on all Clery reportable crimes to determine whether a Crime Alert should be sent out. For the purposes of this policy, “timely manner” generally means within a reasonable amount of time after pertinent information has been gathered by the University Police and that information has been confirmed to be apparently true. The Crime Alert will be issued through the University e-mail system to students, faculty and staff. It will also be posted on the University Police Facebook page and web page at www.police.appstate.edu. The information in the Crime Alert will include a general description of the incident and location, but will not divulge information that could lead to the identity of the victim, and will provide several safety tips appropriate to the incident. Crime alerts generally remain posted and active on the University Police Web page for thirty (30) days before being moved into the archive file.

4.8.2 If there is an emergency or immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus, the University will activate its emergency notification system, called AppState-ALERT. (See section 4.10 for more details about AppState-ALERT).

4.8.3 The Burke Center Campus relies upon the Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) campus alert system for timely warnings and emergency notifications. WPCC uses voice, text and email to send out campus alerts and ASU Burke Center students and faculty may sign up for the campus alert system by going to: http://apollo.wpcc.edu/forms/wpcc_messagingservice.htm.

4.8.4 The Caldwell Center Campus relies upon the Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (CCC & TI) campus alert system called ReGroup for timely warning and emergency notifications. In case of an immediate threat senior administrators may employ the campus intercom system to send out information. ASU Caldwell Center students and faculty may sign up for the ReGroup notification system by going to: http://www.cccti.edu/Regroup/Default.asp.

4.8.5 The Hickory Center Campus relies upon the Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) campus alert system for timely warnings and emergency notifications. CVCC’s Safety & Security Office is responsible for issuing all Timely Warnings and if an emergency situation is confirmed one of several CVCC administrators and/or staff from the Safety & Security Office can authorize a mass notification by posting an alert notice on the campus internal television network, on the CVCC main web page, sending email alert messages, and posting messages on campus bulletin boards. ASU Hickory Center students and faculty may sign up for the campus alert notification system by going to: http://www.cvcc.edu/My_CVCC/Messaging_Sign_Up.cfm.

4.9 Daily Crime Log and Campus Crime Statistics

4.9.1 The University Police Department maintains a Daily Crime Log that records, by the date the incident was reported to the University Police, all crimes and other serious incidents that occur on campus or within the University Police Department’s jurisdiction. The Daily Crime Log is available for public inspection at www.police.appstate.edu or in the lobby of the University Police Department. The Daily Crime Log includes the nature, date, time and general location of each reported incident, as well as the disposition of the incident. Incidents are normally posted within two business days of receiving a report (except for holidays and weekends). The department may delay posting the information if it is considered detrimental to an ongoing investigation.

4.9.2 The University Police Department collects and discloses crimes that are reported to campus security authorities as well as certain crime statistics that are provided by off-campus law enforcement agencies in accordance with Clery Act requirements

4.9.3 The Burke Center, Caldwell Center and the Hickory Center campuses are not required to maintain a daily crime log because they do not have their own campus police or security department. For daily crime log information ASU students and faculty are encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency at each community college as listed in paragraph 4.2 above.

4.10 University Emergency Preparedness

4.10.1 The University recognizes the importance of comprehensive all-hazard planning for campus emergencies. The University Emergency Operations Plan is founded on the principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the university operates during a crisis or emergency under the Incident Command System. The University conducts at least one exercise each calendar year to test its plans. Exercises of the Emergency Operations Plan are announced in advance to the campus community by campus e-mail and the university sends out a press release to local media to ensure the surrounding community is notified when we conduct and emergency exercise. On March 7, 2013 we conducted a Table Top HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program) compliant exercise that lasted for approximately three hours in the afternoon starting around 1pm. The exercise focused on a severe winter weather storm that impacted our campus causing accessibility issues, infrastructure failures and required shelter in place operations. Several agencies and members of the community participated in the exercise strengthening local coordination and ensuring public safety agencies are familiar with university policies and procedures. An after action report was completed to identify successes and opportunities for improvement and is maintained on file by our EHS & EM Director.

4.10.2 AppState-ALERT is the University’s emergency notification system. This system allows the university to contact students, faculty and staff rapidly during an emergency. After consulting with the on-scene Incident Commander and upon confirmation by the Chief of Police or his designee of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty or staff on campus a member of the University Police Command Staff or the Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the AppState-ALERT system (as outlined in section 4.10.3), unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of the Chief of Police or his designee ( after consulting with the on-scene Incident Commander), compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise negatively impact efforts to mitigate the emergency. The AppState-ALERT system uses a combination of voice and text messaging along with mass e-mails, desktop computer alerts, siren warning speakers and Web technologies to notify and inform the entire campus community of an emergency situation:

  1. E-mail – A broadcast e-mail is sent to everyone who has an appstate.edu e-mail address.
  2. Text Message – Text messages are only sent to those students, staff or faculty who have registered their cell phone numbers with AppState-ALERT (go to www.emergency.appstate.edu to register for AppState-ALERT). The University cannot guarantee that a text message will be received, given the numerous cell phone company providers and wide dispersion of cell phone towers in our area.
  3. Voice Message – Telephonic voice messages are sent to students, staff or faculty who register their cell and/or home phone numbers with AppState-ALERT and to each main on-campus department phone number. Go to www.emergency.appstate.edu to register a cell phone or home phone in AppState-ALERT.
  4. Outdoor Siren – The University has outdoor siren speakers located on top of Sanford Hall, the Schaefer Performing Arts Center, on posts across from Appalachian Heights and at the north end of State Farm parking lot. Additionally, speakers have been added inside Panhellenic Hall. When activated, these speakers will send an audible tone followed by a pre-recorded voice message.
  5. Alertus Desktop Alerting Software -University-owned PC’s on the network should receive an emergency message pop-up on their screen, regardless of what software they are currently using.

4.10.3 The AppState-ALERT system is used to notify the entire university community when campus conditions change from Normal to Guarded, Elevated or High Risk. Only members of the University Police Command Staff and the Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management are authorized to activate the AppState-ALERT system. Once an alert has been sent out the University Public Affairs Office is responsible for posting all emergency notifications on the Emergency Web page and for posting information updates during protracted emergency situations. The emergency web page is available to the larger community and is used to disseminate emergency information to parents, the off-campus community and the media.

  1. Normal – on a day-to day basis, the university operates under Normal conditions.
  2. Guarded – If the university receives general information (non-specific) about a threat that may impact our campus, the condition may change to Guarded and the campus community would be notified via e-mail.
  3. Elevated – When the university receives credible information about a specific threat directed toward our campus, the condition would be changed to Elevated and the campus community would be notified via e-mail, text, voice messages and desktop computer pop-up alerts.
  4. High Risk – When the university confirms that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus the condition would be changed to High Risk and the campus community would be immediately notified via our outdoor siren warning system, text/voice messages, desktop computer pop-up alerts, and e-mail.

4.10.4 The AppState-ALERT siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:55am. The siren test will normally end with an All Clear message no more than 5 minutes after the test has begun. The other components of AppState-ALERT, voice, text and e-mail are tested each fall and spring semester. All tests are publicized in advance by the Public Affairs Office via campus e-mail and press releases to the local media. Test results are documented and maintained on file by the Director of Public Safety and Risk Management.

4.10.5 Building evacuation drills are announced in advance and conducted each year as part of the university’s fire safety program. If an emergency condition requires the evacuation of a building, the fire alarm may be sounded. If an emergency condition requires a mass evacuation of multiple buildings, an App-State ALERT message identifying specific buildings/areas to be evacuated and directing occupants to another location will be sent.

4.10.6 The Burke Center Campus follows the WPCC emergency preparedness protocols. The WPCC will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat. WPCC is prepared to take self-protection measures appropriate to the emergency, such as, but not limited to, shelter in place or evacuation, depending upon the circumstances or incident. Warnings may be dispersed through flyers, electronic notifications using email, text, or the College Learning Platform (Blackboard or Moodle), local news agencies, and by notices posted on the college web site at the following address www.wpcc.edu. For further information refer to the Emergency Action Plan found on the WPCC’s intranet. If you should have questions or concerns related to any of the posted warnings or alerts, please contact the Chief of Security and Safety at 828.448.6196 or by email at skerley@wpcc.edu.

4.10.7 The Caldwell Center Campus follows the CCC & TI (Hudson Campus) emergency preparedness protocols. The CCC & TI Emergency Preparedness Plan has been established to cope with major incidents that may endanger the safety and well-being of students, staff, faculty, and visitors. The procedures contained therein are intended only as a guide and cannot address every conceivable situation. However, it does provide the basic administrative guidelines necessary to identify and ensure continuous leadership to cope with most campus emergencies. It should be noted that these guidelines are only a quick reference. For complete building specific plans, see the emergency preparedness procedures found in the Health and Safety Plan by going to; http://www.cccti.edu/Documents/CurrentEditions/EmergencyPreparednessBooklet.pdf. Fire, lockdown, and evacuation procedures are tested annually and monitored by the Health and Safety Committee as well as local law enforcement and fire department personnel.

4.10.8 The Hickory Center Campus follows the CVCC emergency preparedness protocols. CVCC has established procedures to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus. These procedures provide for rapid notice to local law enforcement and senior administration to evaluate and confirm an emergency or dangerous situation and if confirmed, for same persons to determine the appropriate segment or segments of campus to be notified and the content of the notification. The CVCC Campus Safety and Security Office is responsible for testing the emergency response and evacuation procedures on at least an annual basis and for documenting such testing. Documentation for each test shall include a description of the exercise, the date, the time, and whether the test was announced or unannounced.. The Campus Safety and Security Office shall also ensure that the emergency and evacuation procedures are publicized in conjunction with at least one test per calendar year.

4.11 Ongoing/Primary Crime Prevention Education and Awareness Programs/Campaigns

4.11.1 The University provides a variety of programs through the Division of Student Development, the Public Safety and Risk Management units and other offices, to promote awareness and provide information and services related to safety/security practices and crime prevention. The number and types of programs offered to educate the campus community vary from year to year.

4.11.2 Programs that inform students and employees about campus safety/security procedures and practices include: orientations for freshman/transfer students and their parents, new faculty/employees, and international students, which address reporting suspicious persons and crime to the University Police, alcohol and drug policies, prohibited items, and procedures for emergency notifications on campus. The University Police Department advocates a proactive approach to crime prevention as part of its Community Oriented Policing philosophy. This approach is exemplified by the various education and awareness programs provided to students, faculty and staff. The University Police offer Shots Fired, a program which teaches students and employees how to respond to an active shooter on campus, as well as other personal safety related topics to help prevent crime. The Housing staff also conducts regular Residence Hall floor meetings that address crime prevention and safety issues.

4.11.3 The Dean of Students Office sponsors a safety campaign designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their friends, called “It’s Up To Me.” The focus of the campaign is to provide safe and positive options for bystander interventions that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of suicide, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. At the beginning of each academic year, the University conducts a Safety Week that provides crime prevention and campus safety programming for the entire campus community. In addition, the University conducts an on-campus Safety Awareness Walk to inform and sensitize members of the campus community to issues of personal safety. During Safety Week, a one-day Safety Festival is offered for students and employees and they are given the opportunity to meet and obtain safety related information from on and off campus organizations that have safety/security roles. The Student Government Association sponsors a campus safety walk each semester for students, staff and faculty to walk the campus during the night time hours, assessing facilities for safety risks and making recommendations to the Administration for improvements. The University Parking and Traffic Office also operates Safe Ride, an on-campus van service that provides students with safe transportation on campus between the hours of 6pm and 2am.To access this free service students simply call 828-262-RIDE to request a ride.

4.11.4 Burke Center Campus students and faculty seeking specific crime prevention and awareness information about their campus and the WPCC campus should contact the WPCC Campus Security office located on the Main Campus in the Health Science building, room 151. If WPCC Campus Security personnel are unavailable to assist you, you may contact the University Police Department in Boone at 828-262-2150 to request crime prevention and awareness programming.

4.11.5 Caldwell Center Campus students and faculty seeking specific crime prevention and awareness information about their campus and the CCC & TI campus should contact the Hudson Police Department at 828-728-502. If the Hudson Police are unable to assist you, you may contact the University Police Department in Boone at 828-262-2150 to request crime prevention and awareness programming. CCC & TI also provides information to students and employees about campus and personal safety issues is various ways, such as through the notification of the annual security report; special events including workshops, information at student events and professional development for employees; participation in assistance referral programs for students and employees and other publications, including CCC&TI Parking and Traffic Regulations Policy, Emergency Preparedness Guidelines, and the CCC&TI Student Handbook.

4.11.6 Hickory Center Campus students and faculty seeking specific crime prevention and awareness information about their campus and the CVCC campus should contact the CVCC Campus Safety and Security Office at 828-327-7000 ext. 0, or report in person at Student Service Building, Office 864. If the CVCC Campus Safety and Security Office is unable to assist you, you may contact the University Police Department in Boone at 828-262-2150 to request crime prevention and awareness programming.

4.12 University Alcohol Policy

4.12.1 The possession, use and sale of alcohol on campus must comply with the laws of the State of North Carolina and with campus regulations and procedures. The acquisition, possession, transportation and consumption of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age are prohibited. Alcohol may be possessed or consumed on University property only by persons 21 years of age or older in their residence hall rooms or in appropriately licensed and/or approved campus facilities. University Police strictly enforce state underage drinking laws on campus. Persons are expected to assume responsibility for their own behavior while drinking and must understand that being under the influence of alcohol in no way lessens their accountability. Offenders will be dealt with through established University policies and procedures.

4.12.2 Persons who provide alcoholic beverages to anyone who is not of legal drinking age are in violation of North Carolina law and University policies, and may be subject to both criminal prosecution and University disciplinary action. They may also be liable for personal injuries or property damages resulting from acts committed by intoxicated persons, whether underage or otherwise.

4.12.3 Additional information about the University’s alcohol policy may be found at: www.policy.appstate.edu/Alcoholic_Beverages

4.12.4 Burke Center Campus students and faculty should be aware that WPCC maintains an environment which is free of alcohol and illegal drugs which are prohibited substances on their campus. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution. Student violators are subject to disciplinary action under provisions of the University Student Conduct of Conduct. ASU employees are subject to disciplinary action under personnel disciplinary policies.

4.12.5 Caldwell Center Campus students and faculty should be aware that the possession of or use of alcoholic beverages or being in a state of intoxication on the college campus or at college sponsored or supervised functions off campus or in college owned vehicle is prohibited. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution. Student violators are subject to disciplinary action under the provisions of the University Student Code of Conduct and employees are subject to disciplinary action under personnel disciplinary policies.

4.12.6 Hickory Center Campus students and faculty should be aware that the possession, sale, distribution, and/or use of alcohol on CVCC campuses/sites are prohibited. The CVCC Safety and Security Office enforce federal, state, and local laws regulating the possession, use, sale, and distribution of alcohol. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution. Student violators are subject to disciplinary action under provisions of the University Student Conduct of Conduct. ASU employees are subject to disciplinary action under personnel disciplinary policies.

4.13 University Drug Policy

14.13.1 The University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, sale, growing, manufacturing, transportation, importation, and making of any controlled substances or illicit drugs by students, staff and faculty. The University adheres to the "University of North Carolina Policy on Illegal Drugs" adopted by the Board of Governors on January 15, 1988 and amended on June, 15, 2012. The policy can be found in Chapter 1300.1 of the UNC Policy Manual. A complete version of the University's policy on the use or abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol can be found on-line at: www.policy.appstate.ed/Drugs_and_Alcohol University Police strictly enforces state and federal illegal drug laws.

4.13.2 Burke Center Campus students and employees should be aware that WPCC maintains an environment which is free of alcohol and illegal drugs which are prohibited substances on their campus. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution. Student violators are subject to disciplinary action under provisions of the University Student Conduct of Conduct. ASU employees are subject to disciplinary action under personnel disciplinary policies.

4.13.3 Caldwell Center Campus students and employees should be aware that the possession, use or distribution of any illegal drugs, except as expressly permitted by law is prohibited on campus and on the CCC & TI campus. . Violators are subject to criminal prosecution. Student violators are subject to disciplinary action under provisions of the University Student Conduct of Conduct. ASU employees are subject to disciplinary action under personnel disciplinary policies.

4.13.4 Hickory Center Campus students and employees should be aware that the possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances on CVCC campuses/sites is prohibited. The CVCC Safety and Security Office enforce federal, state, and local laws making the possession, use, sale, and distribution of controlled substances illegal. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution. Student violators are subject to disciplinary action under provisions of the University Student Conduct of Conduct. ASU employees are subject to disciplinary action under the personnel disciplinary policies.

4.14 Alcohol and Drug Education Resources

4.14.1 The University annually distributes a statement of Policy and Procedure on the Illegal or Abusive Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs that complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act and related regulations (34 CFR Part 86). Go to: www.policy.appstate.edu/Drugs_and_Alcohol for more information.

4.14.2 Drug and alcohol educational and counseling services are offered through the University Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Counseling for Faculty and Staff, University Housing, Wellness Center, and the University Police.

4.14.3 Burke Center Campus students and employees may seek substance abuse information and resources through the WPCC. Students and employees who feel they may have a problem with alcohol or drugs and would like confidential information and referral to a local agency, should contact the WPCC Career Counselor at 828.448.3565 or via email at vholder@wpcc.edu.

4.14.4 Caldwell Center Campus students and employees may seek substance abuse information and counseling from CCC &TI by going to their web site at: www.cccti.edu/ConsumerInfo/DrugAlcoholRisks.htm.

4.14.5 Hickory Center Campus students and employees may seek substance abuse and other counseling services through the CVCC Student Services Office who can provide information on local agencies and services through Catawba County agencies.

4.15 Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking

4.15.1 In compliance with federal laws the University has adopted policies and procedures to prevent and respond to incidents of interpersonal violence which include but are not limited to incidents of sexual assault, including date or acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking involving members of our campus community. These guidelines apply to all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors to our campus. Incidents of interpersonal violence are a serious concern to the University and a person responsible for such acts will be subject to the most serious sanctions or disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal (employees) or expulsion (students).

4.15.2 Reporting an Incident of Interpersonal Violence. If any ASU student or employee has been the victim of an incident of interpersonal violence they should immediately report to the University Police by calling 828-262-8000. In case of an emergency or ongoing threat victims should first move to a safe location and then call 911. Upon the request of victims, the University Police will assist victims in reporting the crime to the appropriate law enforcement agency if the incident happened off of our main campus.

4.15.3 Students may also report incidents of interpersonal violence to the Dean of Students by calling 828-262- 8284 or any other non-law enforcement campus security authority as defined in paragraph 3.25 of this policy. Employees may also report incidents of interpersonal violence to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance at 828-262-2144 or any other campus security authority as defined in paragraph 3.25 of this policy. These offices will assist any victim in notifying law enforcement, if the victim elects to do so. Victims are not required to report to law enforcement in order to receive assistance from or pursue any options with the University.

4.15.4 Victim’s Rights and Options. Any student or employee who reports to the University as a victim, an incident of interpersonal violence, whether the incident occurred on or off campus, shall receive a written explanation of their options and rights as provided in this policy. This information will be provided to the victim by the University Police, Dean of Students Office or the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance.

4.15.5 Preserving Evidence. In order to preserve the widest range of options, including pursuing a successful criminal prosecution, victims of interpersonal violence need to understand the importance of preserving evidence:

  1. The victim of a sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical exam, which is important both to address any health issues that may arise or have occurred as a result of the sexual assault and evidence collection should the victim wish to pursue criminal charges at a later date. Any clothing removed should be placed in a paper, not plastic bag.
  2. Evidence of violence such as bruising or other visible injuries, following an incident of interpersonal violence should be documented by taking photographs. Evidence of stalking including any communication, such as written notes, voice mail, texts, Facebook posts or other electronic communications should be saved and not altered in any way.

4.15. 6 Medical, Counseling and Other Services. Medical treatment, counseling, and advocacy services for victims of interpersonal violence are available both on-campus and off-campus. The University has many advocacy offices that are available to assist any student or employee free of charge and will help them consider their options and navigate through any resources they elect to pursue. A victim need not make a formal report to law enforcement or the University to access these resources that include but are not limited to the following:

Student Counseling Center 828-262-3180
Student Health Services 828-262-3100
Student Legal Clinic 828-262-8284
Counseling for Faculty & Staff 828-262-4951
OASIS Crisis Office (off campus) 828-264-1532
OASIS Crisis Line (24/7) 828-262-5035
Daymark Recovery Services (off campus) 828- 264-HELP
Watauga Medical Center (off-campus) 828-262-4164
Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County(Burke Center) 828-322-6011
Shelter Home Caldwell County (Caldwell Center) 828-758-0888
First Step-Abuse Services/24 Hour Shelter(Hickory Center) 828-322-1400

4.15.7 Assistance Options. Whether or not a student or employee reports to law enforcement and/or pursues any formal action, if they report an incident of interpersonal violence, the University is committed to providing them a safe learning or working environment as possible. Upon request the University will make every reasonable effort available to ensure that a victim’s academic, living, transportation, and/or working situation are viewed by the victim as safe and supportive. Students may contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 828-262-8284 for assistance, and employees may contact the Ombuds Office at 828-262-2559. If a victim reports to law enforcement, law enforcement may assist the victim in obtaining a domestic violence and/or civil no-contact order from a criminal court. The University is committed to ensuring that any such order is fully upheld on all institutionally owned and controlled property. The University is also committed to protecting victims from any further harm and may issue University no-contact orders for students or employees and may ban non-university persons from campus.

4.15.8 Victim Confidentiality. The University recognizes the often-sensitive nature of interpersonal violence incidents and is committed to protecting the privacy of any individual who makes a report. Different university officials and personnel are, however, only able to offer varying levels of privacy protection to victims of interpersonal violence. Reports made to law enforcement, including if criminal prosecution is pursued, may be made public under Chapter 132 of the NC General Statutes, Public Records law as follows, a public law enforcement agency shall temporarily withhold the name or address of a complaining witness( victim) if release of the information is reasonably likely to pose a threat to the mental health, physical health, or personal safety of the complaining witness (victim) or materially compromise a continuing or future criminal investigation or criminal intelligence operation. Information temporarily withheld under this subsection shall be made available for release to the public in accordance with G.S. 132-6 as soon as the circumstances that justify withholding it cease to exist.

4.15.9 Reports made to non-law enforcement officials will be kept confidential, and identifying information about the victim shall not be made public, to the extent permitted by law. Information about victims who report incidents of interpersonal violence and any assistance provided a victim will only be shared with university personnel as needed to effectively respond to the incident. Every effort will be made to limit the scope of information shared, keeping it to a minimum of detail, and only shared when necessary. Reports made to medical professionals, licensed mental health professionals, pastoral counselors, and OASIS crisis counselors will not be shared with any third parties except in cases of imminent danger to the victim or a third party.

4.15.10 Education Programs. The University is committed to increasing the awareness of and preventing all types of interpersonal violence. All incoming students and new employees are provided with programming and strategies intended to prevent interpersonal violence before an incident occurs through the changing of social norms and other approaches that are publicized on our AppCares web site. Ongoing prevention and awareness programs and campaigns are also offered throughout the year. These include:

AppWay Programs during Freshman and Transfer Student Orientations
New Employee and Faculty Orientations
Live performance programs such as Sex and a Six Pack, Risqué Business and Sex Signals
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
Red Flag Campaign
Bystander Intervention Campaign called “It’s Up to Me”
Residence Hall floor programs
Seminars for staff & faculty
AppCares Mobile App
Walk for Awareness
Safety Week Safety Festival

4.15.11 Conduct Proceedings. The University strictly prohibits all acts of interpersonal violence that affect the learning, living, and work environment, including sexual misconduct, regardless of where the alleged incident occurred. In addition to facing possible criminal investigation and prosecution, students, staff and faculty may also face disciplinary action by the University for violating the Student Code of Conduct or university policies. Individuals found responsible for having committed such a violation could face permanent expulsion, termination of employment, suspension, and/or probation. Incidents involving accused students will be handled by the Office of Student Conduct, incidents involving accused employees will be handled by the employee’s department head/chair through either the Human Resources Office or the Provost Office.

4.15.12 All conduct proceedings, whether the reported conduct occurred on or off campus, shall provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution. All interpersonal violence investigations and proceedings shall be conducted by officials who have received annual training on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, on how to conduct an investigation, and on how to conduct a proceeding in a manner that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.

4.15.13 Investigations are normally concluded within 25 days following the receipt of a complaint. If additional time is needed, all parties involved will be notified of the reasons for the delay and a projected timeline for completion. Resolutions of the complaint are usually made within 60 days of the receipt of the complaint, unless there are mitigating circumstances in which case the accuser and accused shall be notified with an explanation, and the amount of additional time required.

4.15.14 Standard of Proof. All cases that are handled administratively through a student conduct or employee disciplinary process will be adjudicated by the university official having jurisdiction over the accused and the University will use the preponderance of the evidence standard in determining the outcome of the allegation(s). Preponderance of evidence means it is more likely than not that the alleged misconduct occurred.

4.15.15 In all proceedings, including any related meetings or hearings, both the accused and accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present. This includes the right to be accompanied by an advisor of their choice. Both the accused and accuser shall simultaneously be informed in writing of the outcome of the proceeding, of the procedures and timeframe within which an appeal of the results may be submitted, any change to the outcome that occurs as a result of an appeal or any other change that happens prior to the time the outcome becomes final and when such outcome becomes final. Disclosure of the outcome shall be made to both parties consistent with applicable policies and law.

4.15.16 For additional information about student conduct proceedings please consult the Code of Student Conduct which is available at http://www.studentconduct.appstate.edu and/or in the Office of Student Conduct located in room 320 of the Plemmons Student Union. For additional information about employee conduct proceedings please consult the Human Resources Policy Manual at: http://hrs.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/employee-relations/employee-relations-policies or the Faculty Handbook at: http://policy.appstate.edu/Faculty_Handbook.

4.16 Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry

4.16.1 North Carolina law requires sex offenders to register with the Sheriff of the county in which they live. The law also requires non-resident students or non-resident workers to register with the Sheriff of the county in which they work or attend school. The NC Registry of Sex Offenders may be viewed at the Watauga County Sheriff’s office or you may access it directly on-line at http://sexoffender.ncdoj.gov/

4.17 Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures

4.17.1 Parents, fellow students, friends and members of the university community who have reason to believe a current student has been missing for 24 hours should notify the Dean of Students, Director of University Housing or the University Police Department:

  1. Dean of Students – 828-262-2060
  2. Director of University Housing – 828-262-2160
  3. University Police – 828-262-8000

4.17.2 All reports of missing students shall be directed immediately to the University Police Department to determine which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction. In cases where the University Police Officers do not have legal jurisdiction to act, they will notify the appropriate off-campus agency and provide assistance as needed during the missing person investigation.

4.17.3 During on-campus housing move-in, students will be given the opportunity to identify and register a contact person or persons, with University Housing, to whom the University will notify within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing. The student contact information will be registered confidentially, and will only be disclosed to authorized University officials, and law enforcement personnel in furtherance of their missing person investigation.

4.17.4 When it has been determined that a student has been missing for 24 hours, the University Police shall immediately:

  1. Inform the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction, whether or not the student has registered a contact person.
  2. If the student has designated a contact person, notify that person.
  3. If the student is under 18 years of age and is not emancipated, notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian and any other designated contact person.

4.18 2013 Annual Campus Fire Safety Compliance Report

4.18.1 Overview The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) became law in August, 2008, requiring all United States academic institutions to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and all fire-related on-campus statistics. The following public disclosure report details information required by this law as it relates to Appalachian State University.

4.18.2 On-campus Student Housing Fire Detection/Suppression Equipment

All residence halls are equipped with automatic fire alarm systems which are remotely monitored by the University Police Department. All but three residence halls are equipped with fire sprinkler systems. Sprinklers in these three remaining buildings will be addressed during 2014 renovations/demolition. Annual inspections of residence hall fire alarm and sprinkler systems are contracted through an outside vendor. Fire extinguishers are provided in all residence halls and are serviced annually by an outside vendor. Monthly checks of fire extinguishers are made by Housing Personnel.

Appalachian State University
On-Campus Housing Facilities – Fire Protection Systems 2013
ASU Residential Facilities Fire Alarm Monitoring Provided by Univ. Police Sprinkler System Smoke Detection Fire Extinguishers Number of Evacuation (Fire) Drills Each Calendar Year
Appalachian Heights - 536 Bodenheimer Dr. X X X X 4
Belk Hall - 324 Stadium Heights Dr. X X X 4
Bowie Hall - 418 Stadium Heights Dr. X X X X 4
Cannon Hall - 286 Hardin St. X X X X 4
Coltrane Hall - 193 Stadium Dr. X X X X 3 (Closed summer 2013 for renovations)
Cone Hall - 135 Brown St. X X X X 4
Doughton Hall - 222 Hardin St. X X X X 4
East Hall - 175 Locust St. X X X 5
Eggers Hall - 388 Stadium Heights Dr. X X X X 4
Frank Hall - 342 Stadium Heights Dr. X X X X 4
Gardner Hall - 191 Stadium Dr. X X X X 4
Hoey Hall - 230 Hardin St. X X X X 4
Justice Hall - 189 Stadium Dr. X X X 3(Closed summer 2013 for sprinkler installation)
Living Learning Center (Residential Wing) - 301 Bodenheimer Dr. X X X X 4
Lovill Hall - 170 Locust St. X X X X 4
Mountaineer Hall - 711 Poplar Grove Rd. X X X X 4
Newland Hall - 657 Rivers St. X X X X 4
Panhellenic Hall - 949 Blowing Rock Rd. X X X X 4
Summit Hall - 240 Locust Street X X X X 4
White Hall - 140 Brown St. X X X X 4
Winkler Hall - 354 Stadium Heights Dr. X X X 1(Building taken offline summer 2013)

4.18.3 Fire Safety Education

  1. Residence Hall Staff are provided with a fire safety awareness program along with hands-on fire extinguisher training as part of their annual orientation. Hands-on fire extinguisher training for residence hall occupants may be requested by Residence Hall Staff as part of their programming activities.
  2. In accordance with North Carolina Fire Code, Appalachian State University conducts a minimum of four evacuation drills annually in residential facilities. The first drill must occur within 10 days of the commencement of fall classes. Of the required drills, one must occur between the hours of sunset and sunrise. Additional drills for specialty groups such as summer camps are conducted upon request. Drills are utilized to familiarize occupants with the sound of the alarm system, practice evacuation procedures, and evaluate alarm systems for proper operation.
  3. Residence Hall Staff members will be given advanced notice of drill dates and times. Staff members are expected to participate in drills by assisting with evacuation, directing occupants to evacuation assembly areas, and evaluating alarm systems for proper operation. Residence Hall Staff should immediately report any malfunctions or problems observed with the fire alarm to Environmental Health & Safety Staff or Housing Personnel. Problems experienced during drills such as residents who do not follow evacuation procedures (fail to leave the building, fail to leave promptly, ride elevators during the alarm), prohibited items, etc. should be reviewed with occupants and/or referred to Student Conduct by Residence Hall Staff members.
  4. Coordinators, Residence Directors and Resident Assistants have the primary responsibility of communicating and executing the fire safety policies and procedures within their building(s), which include:
    1. Communicating the importance and purpose of fire safety, fire drills and evacuation procedures to residents during house/floor meetings. Coordinators, Residence Directors and Resident Assistants should conduct floor meetings which incorporate discussions on fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures. Residents should be provided with emergency evacuation procedures, fire safety information and fire safety policies.
    2. Attendance and participation in fire drills.
    3. Maintaining current fire drill/emergency evacuation procedures for their residence hall.
    4. Conduct periodic health and safety inspections and document/correct any violations/hazards which are observed.
    5. Ensure that fire safety policies are being followed by occupants and staff members.
    6. In the event of a fire alarm, occupants must immediately evacuate the building and proceed to their predetermined evacuation assembly area. There, they will await instructions from hall staff or emergency personnel. Also see Fire Alarm Procedures as outlined below.

4.18.4 Building Maintenance Any unsafe hazard or condition should be reported to University Housing for correction. Corrections are made by University Housing Personnel, Physical Plant Personnel or if necessary, by outside vendors.

4.18.5 Health & Safety Inspections

  1. Residence hall rooms and common areas are inspected each semester for health and safety by Residence Hall Staff members. Written reports are filed with the University Housing Office. Prior notice of these inspections will be made through notices on hall bulletin boards or at the main building entrance.
  2. If violations are observed there shall be a mandatory cleanup/correction (by the student) and re-inspection (by a staff member) within 3 days. If the violation(s) have not been corrected within the cleanup/correction period the student will be subject to judicial action.
  3. An annual fire safety inspection is conducted by a representative from the N.C. Department of Insurance and Appalachian’s Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management. Additional inspections may be conducted by Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management Personnel and/or the N.C. Department of Insurance.

4.18.6 Fire Prevention & Safety Policies The following fire prevention & safety policies are taken from the University Housing Contract, University Housing Staff Manual and policies established by the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management.

  1. All fires no matter how small should be reported to University Police & Boone Fire Department immediately, even if the fire has been extinguished.
  2. Candles (other than battery powered), incense burners, potpourri burners, oil lamps, tiki torches, Bunsen burners, fireworks, hazardous chemicals, heaters, etc. are prohibited in residence halls.
  3. The use and storage of gasoline, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, art supplies such as paint thinner, oil based paint or any similar flammable liquid is prohibited in residence halls.
  4. No objects may be attached to or suspended from the ceiling and no objects may be hung around the top two feet of the walls. Storage should not be within two feet of the ceiling. Decorations may not exceed/cover more than 50% of any wall surface in a resident’s room. Decorations/postings in hallways/common areas may not exceed 10% of any individual wall. Residents may not decorate or cover more than 10% (2 square feet) of any individual room door.
  5. The following decorative materials are not permitted: foam plastics, cotton batting, dry/cut vegetation, moss, straw, hay, vines, leaves, twigs, or other similar material. Decorative light sets should not be anchored/taped or allowed to touch metal items such as window or door frames. Cords may not be placed through doorways, under doors, under carpeting or across hallways. Decorative light sets or other electrical items should be unplugged whenever the area is unattended.
  6. Posting - notices or flyers should be placed only on designated bulletin boards. Notices or flyers should not be placed on hallway walls, stairwell doors, in stairwells, around elevator call buttons or inside elevators.
  7. Holiday Decorations - Holiday decorations must comply with guidelines issued by the University’s Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (See Holiday Decorating Guidelines below).
  8. Halogen lamps, lava lamps, and multi-bulb (spider) floor lamps with plastic shades are prohibited in the residence halls. Additional information and photos can be found at http://safety.appstate.edu/sites/default/files/multicolorlamps.pdf
  9. Extension cords and multi-plug adapters are not allowed per the University Housing Contract. Care should be taken in the use of all electrical cords and sockets throughout the building. Do not overload circuits. UL approved heavy duty power strips equipped with circuit breakers are permitted. Power strips may have a maximum of 6 outlets and must have a minimum15 amp rating. Power strips should not be overloaded. Appliances that exceed 1200 watts or10 amps are not permitted.
  10. Cooking - Personal microwaves are not allowed in community kitchens or spaces. Only one microwave not exceeding 1000 watts or 10 amps is permitted per room. Rooms equipped with MicroFridges® may not have an additional microwave. Rooms equipped with MicroFridges® may not have an additional refrigerator. Open coil appliances including, but not limited to hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, deep fat fryers, George Foreman grills, electric grills and coffee pots are not allowed. Never leave cooking food unattended. Use caution when cooking to avoid unnecessary smoke or burnt food which may result in fire alarm activation. Over 50% of fire alarms that occur in Appalachian’s residence halls are cooking related. Practice courtesy to others in your building and stay with your food for the entire cooking period.
  11. Grilling/BBQ - Grills must be located at least 10 feet away from residence halls and other combustible materials. This applies to combustible materials which may be located vertically and horizontally from the grill. Propane, charcoal and lighter fluid may not be stored inside university residence halls. Hot coals should be disposed of in a safe location and not allowed to come in contact with anything which will burn. Grills must be completely cool before being stored.
    1. Smoking –All residence halls are smoke free living environments. Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls. Smoking on campus is only permitted in designated areas.
  12. Propping/Wedging Fire Doors - Fire doors are to be kept closed (except for where electromagnets are provided). These doors are installed to prevent the spread of deadly smoke and fire, but cannot perform their job if they are propped/wedged open. Fire doors may be located throughout the residence halls, in stairwells, kitchen and laundry areas, corridors and lobbies.
  13. Fire Alarm Equipment - Fire alarm equipment such as smoke/heat detectors, sprinklers, pull stations, fire extinguishers, etc. should not be tampered with or obstructed. Do not cover, hang or place any objects on smoke detectors, heat detectors or sprinkler heads, etc. If you discover a problem with any portion of the fire alarm system, immediately report it to University Housing Staff.
  14. Bicycles are not to be stored or placed in stairwells, hallways, fire exits, or chained/locked to outside stair railings, lamp posts or shrubbery. Bicycles should be properly secured to bicycle racks provided outside of residence halls. Motorcycles, motorbikes, mopeds and scooters are not allowed inside residence halls.

4.18.7 Holiday Decorating Policy for On-Campus Housing

  1. Decorations/Displays will only be permitted in lounge areas.
  2. No items may be hung, taped, or displayed in hallways or corridors (other than items on bulletin boards and 10% of individual room doors).
  3. No items may be hung, taped, displayed or placed in stairwells or exits.
  4. All exit doors must remain clear and accessible at all times. Exit doors may not be decorated or disguised.
  5. All fire alarm equipment (pull stations, fire extinguishers, smoke/heat detector heads, etc.) must remain clear/visible and accessible at all times.
  6. All exit signs must remain visible and illuminated at all times.
  7. Please note that the following decorative materials will not be permitted: foam plastics, cotton batting, dry/cut vegetation, moss, straw, hay, vines, leaves, twigs, or other similar materials.
  8. Non-combustible, non-flammable or flame retardant materials should be utilized, if possible.
  9. The quantity of decorations placed in the lounge area must not exceed 10% of any individual wall or area. Paper, plastic, cloth or other combustible materials in excess of the 10% allowance, may not be used to cover/drape any area.
  10. Use only U.L. approved lights and wiring and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  11. Ensure that light sets have no noticeable damage such as burned out bulbs, frayed or kinked cords, or bent or broken plug ends. Test lights to ensure that they work prior to use.
  12. Decorative light sets should not be anchored/taped or allowed to touch metal items such as window or door frames. Cords may not be placed through doorways, under doors or across hallways. Decorative light sets or other electrical items should be unplugged whenever the area is unattended.
  13. Any residence hall wishing to decorate for university sponsored Trick or Treat activities must have their decorations completed no later than 24 hours prior to the established Trick or Treat date.
  14. Haunted houses and mazes are not permitted in university buildings.
  15. Jack-O-Lanterns (artificial or natural) may be illuminated only by the use of battery powered or electrical lighting sources. Candles (other than battery powered) are prohibited in all residence halls.
  16. Natural trees and other natural, combustible decorations such as wreaths and garland are not allowed in residence halls. Residence halls wishing to decorate should utilize artificial trees, wreaths and garland.
  17. All artificial trees, wreaths and garland must be labeled or certified by the manufacturer as being “flame retardant or flame resistive”.
  18. Decorations may not be placed in emergency egress areas such as stairwells, hallways or exit passageways.
  19. Properly dispose of gift wrapping and packing materials soon after opening gifts.
  20. Remove all trees and combustible decorations prior to leaving for winter break.

4.18.8 Fire Hazard Notice If any decorative item(s) are determined to be unsafe or present an undue fire/safety hazard to the building the item(s) shall be removed immediately.

4.18.9 Fire Alarm Procedures

If you discover any type of fire/smoke or hear an audible alarm (bell, horn, etc.) in your area, evacuate the building immediately and treat the situation as an emergency. Occupants are required to evacuate the building during alarm situations, this includes fire drills. If the alarm system has not been activated, do so immediately. Contact Boone Fire Department (911 or 9-911 from campus phones) and evacuate the building. If time permits, warn others as you leave. If it would place you in danger to remain in the area long enough to activate the alarm, contact emergency response personnel or warn others, EVACUATE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY. Move to a safe location such as an emergency blue light telephone or another building that is unaffected by the emergency. Continue with the following procedures:

  1. Contact Boone Fire Department (911 or 9-911 from campus phones). Describe the nature, extent and location of the emergency situation (e.g. fire/smoke present or alarm sounding). Await the arrival of Fire Department personnel and University Police at the pre-designated evacuation assembly area.
  2. Inform arriving emergency personnel of any areas where occupants may still be located inside the building (e.g. mobility impaired, trapped, injured or unaccounted for individuals).
  3. If requested, provide University Police and Boone Fire Department personnel with keys.
  4. Remain outside the building while emergency personnel inspect the premises, extinguish fires, remove trapped individuals and restore the alarm system.
  5. Do not re-enter or allow others to re-enter the building until Fire Department Officials, University Police, or other designated safety personnel communicate that it is safe to return.
  6. In the event that the fire alarm system cannot be reset, University Police will contact Physical Plant personnel to correct the problem. If the fire alarm system cannot be immediately restored, a determination by Physical Plant or emergency personnel will be made regarding the appropriate measures to re-occupy the building (fire watch, etc.).
  7. When it has been determined that it is safe for occupants to return to the building, assist emergency personnel in providing orderly re-entry into the building.
  8. The Coordinator/Residence Director should return the completed Residence Hall Fire and Safety Report (RF-7) to the Residence Life Assistant Director’s Office no later than noon the next business day following the date of the incident.

Note #1: During inclement weather, occupants should be directed towards the nearest residence hall lobby(s). Residence hall staff should assist with access to the building.

Note #2: Fire alarm cabinets are to remain locked and must remain clear of furniture or other obstructions at all times.

4.18.10 Fire Watch Procedures

  1. In the event that a fire alarm or sprinkler system is disabled or out of service a fire watch must be conducted to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants. Staff members will be asked to make rounds throughout the building to monitor for hazardous conditions.
  2. If smoke, fire or other emergency situation is observed by staff during the fire watch period, Boone Fire Department should be contacted immediately by calling 911 and room by room evacuation/notification given, if possible. Fire alarm procedures should be followed.

4.18.11 Plans for Future Improvements in Fire Safety

Summer 2014 - Belk Residence Hall is closed for a total renovation including the installation of a new fire sprinkler and fire alarm system.

  1. Summer 2014 – East Residence Hall had complete fire sprinkler system installed along with a new fire alarm panel.
  2. Annual NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) fire alarm and sprinkler testing will continue.
  3. During winter break 2013/2014 carbon monoxide detectors were installed in residence halls which utilize fossil fuels. Installation locations included rooms housing fossil fuel devices, and adjoining student/high usage rooms. In most locations the carbon monoxide detectors were connected to the fire alarm panel; however some locations received stand-alone units.

4.18.12 Fire Incident Statistics

  1. Per federal law, Appalachian State University is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus student housing facilities. Listed below are the non-emergency numbers to call to report fires that have already been extinguished in on-campus student housing. These are fires for which you are unsure whether Appalachian State University Police Department may already be aware. If you find evidence of such a fire or if you hear about such a fire, please contact one of the following:
    1. Appalachian State University Police Department (828) 262-2150
    2. Appalachian State University Environmental Health, Safety & Emergency Management Department (828) 262-4007.
    3. University Housing (828) 262-2160
  2. When calling, please provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time and cause of the fire.
Appalachian State University

On Campus Housing Fire Statistics - 2013

ASU Residential Facilities Total Fires in Each Building Fire # Cause of Fire Number of Injuries Requiring Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Appalachian Heights

536 Bodenheimer Dr.

1 1 Unintentional Fire - Electrical fire in malfunctioning motor 0 0 $100-999
Belk Hall

324 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bowie Hall

418 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cannon Hall

286 Hardin St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coltrane Hall

193 Stadium Drive

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cone Hall

135 Brown St.

0 0 NA NA NA NA
Doughton Hall

222 Hardin St.

0 0 NA NA NA NA
East Hall

175 Locust St.

0 0 NA NA NA NA
Eggers Hall

388 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Frank Hall

342 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gardner Hall

191 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hoey Hall

230 Hardin St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Justice Hall

189 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Living Learning Center

(Residential Wing) 301 Bodenheimer Dr.

0 0 NA NA NA NA
Lovill Hall

170 Locust St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mountaineer Hall

711 Poplar Grove Rd.

0 0 NA NA NA NA
Newland Hall

657 Rivers St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Panhellenic Hall

949 Blowing Rock Rd.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Summit Hall

240 Locust St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
White Hall

140 Brown St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Winkler Hall

354 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A


Appalachian State University

On Campus Housing Fire Statistics - 2012

ASU Residential Facilities Total Fires in Each Building Fire # Cause of Fire Number of Injuries Requiring Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Appalachian Heights

536 Bodenheimer Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Belk Hall

324 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bowie Hall

418 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cannon Hall

286 Hardin St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coltrane Hall

193 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cone Hall

135 Brown St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Doughton Hall

222 Hardin St.

1 1 Intentional Fire-Setting fire to paper on two walls 0 0 $100-999
East Hall

175 Locust St.

1 1 Intentional Fire - Setting fire to paper on door 0 0 $0-99
Eggers Hall

388 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Frank Hall

342 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gardner Hall

191 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hoey Hall

230 Hardin St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Justice Hall

189 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Living Learning Center

(Residential Wing) 301 Bodenheimer Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lovill Hall

170 Locust St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mountaineer Hall

711 Poplar Grove Rd.

1 1 Cooking-Small fire in burner pan on stovetop 0 0 $0-99
Newland Hall

657 Rivers St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Panhellenic Hall

949 Blowing Rock Rd.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Summit Hall

240 Locust St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A
White Hall

140 Brown St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Winkler Hall

354 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A


Appalachian State University

On Campus Housing Fire Statistics – 2011

ASU Residential Facilities Total Fires in Each Building Fire # Cause of Fire Number of Injuries Requiring Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Appalachian Heights

536 Bodenheimer Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Belk Hall

324 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bowie Hall

418 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cannon Hall

286 Hardin St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coffey Hall

240 Locust St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coltrane Hall

193 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cone Hall

135 Brown St.

1 1 Cooking - Small fire inside microwave 0 0 $100-999
Doughton Hall

222 Hardin St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
East Hall

175 Locust St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Eggers Hall

388 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Frank Hall

342 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gardner Hall

191 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hoey Hall

230 Hardin St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Justice Hall

189 Stadium Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Living Learning Center

(Residential) 301 Bodenheimer Dr.

1 1 Cooking - Percolator was left unattended on stove eye resulting in a small fire 0 0 $0-99
Lovill Hall

170 Locust St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mountaineer Apts.

180 Mountaineer Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Newland Hall

657 Rivers St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Panhellenic Hall

949 Blowing Rock Rd.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
White Hall

140 Brown St.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Winkler Hall

354 Stadium Heights Dr.

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

4.18.13 Fire Log

A fire log for the most recent sixty-day period is posted and available for public inspection during normal business hours at the University Environmental Health, Safety & Emergency Management Department, and 1039 State Farm Road, Boone, N.C. Two business days are required for a request for any portion of the log older than sixty days. For further details, contact the University Fire and Life Safety Manager at (828) 262-4007.

5 Additional References

Drugs and Alcohol Policy

6 Authority

U.S. Department of Education Handbook for Campus Safety & Security Reporting
Student Right-to-Know Act (Public Law 101-542)
Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991 (Public Law 102-26)
Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1993 (Public Law 103-208)
Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 (Public Law 110-315)
20 U.S.C. 1092(f)
20 U.S.C. 1094
34 CFR Part 668

7 Contact Information

Director of Public Safety and Risk Management, 828.262.2150

8 Original Effective Date

October 1, 2011

9 Revision Dates

October 1, 2014