Student Safety

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Appalachian's University Police Department is responsible for protecting life and property on campus 24/7. Officers patrol by car, by foot, and by bike and have complete authority to apprehend and arrest anyone who violates North Carolina State Law on campus. They provide many services including:

  • Bicycle Registration - all bicycle riders are encouraged to register their bicycles as a deterrent to crime and to promote safety.
  • Blue Light Emergency Phones - there are over 65 Emergency Blue Light Telephones located across the campus. These phones only require one button to be pushed and the call will ring directly to University Police and automatically identify the caller's location so assistance can be sent quickly.
  • Medical Transports - The University Police Department will provide on-campus transportation to injured or sick students to the Student Health Service (Miles Annas Building) for non-emergencies only.    If the Infirmary is closed, we will transport to the Watauga County Medical Center Emergency Room and back to campus.  We do not provide transportation for scheduled doctor appointments. If students or employees require transportation for an emergency injury or illness, they should call 9-911, and the Watauga County Medics and/or ambulance service will handle the transport to the Watauga County Medical Center Emergency Room.
    For on-campus non-emergencies call 262-2150
    For on-campus medical emergencies call 9-911

Emergency Preparedness

Make Sure Your Family Has a Communication Plan

Do you have a plan with your son or daughter in case an emergency happens?  If not, now is a good time to develop a plan.  Here are a few tips to help you in beginning your plan:

  • Contact information: Make sure that your son or daughter has all of your contact numbers (home, work, cell, pagers, e-mail, fax, etc.) and you have all of their information.
  • Out-of-town contact: It is a good idea to choose a family member or close family friend who does not live close to you or the student so that they will not be affected by the same possible disaster. Make sure you and the student have this person’s contact information as well.
  • Insurance cards: Please make sure that your son or daughter has their own copy of their insurance card in case of an emergency. This will make their visit to the emergency room or doctor go a little more smoothly.

In the event of an emergency, visit for updated information.

The safety of individuals on Appalachian’s campus always has been of critical importance to the campus and Boone communities. It is also important for students and their families to develop a family communication plan to be implemented in an extraordinary event.

Alcohol and Choices

Join Our Culture of Concern by talking to Your Son or Daughter:
Appalachian State University understands that as students transition to college, they have new freedom and responsibility when confronted with alcohol and other drug use. Because we care deeply about our students, Appalachian strives to create a “Culture of Concern” which offers support and guidance for them during this transition. One way we express our care is by communicating our community health and safety standards directly with students. Please join us in creating the Appalachian Culture of Concern by discussing the following guidelines with your student:

  1. Set clear and realistic expectations regarding academic performance. Family expectations can influence students to devote more time to their studies and less time to alcohol consumption.
  2. Offer information. Stress to students that alcohol is toxic and excessive consumption that can fatally poison. Discourage dangerous drinking through participation in drinking games, fraternity hazing, etc. Define responsible drinking clearly.
  3. Tell students to intervene when classmates are in trouble with alcohol. Teach your students the signs of alcohol poisoning and encourage them to call for help if friends show these symptoms.
  4. Tell students to stand up for their right to a safe academic environment. Students who do not drink can be affected by the behavior of those who do, such as interrupted sleep/study, assault or sexual assault.
  5. Talk to students about misperceptions. Students grossly exaggerate the use of alcohol and other drugs by their peers. They tend to drink the amount perceived as the norm. Confronting these misperceptions can reduce/prevent high-risk use.
  6. Avoids tales of drinking exploits from your own college years. Sharing stories of drinking back “in the good old days” normalizes and appears to give parental approval to dangerous alcohol consumption.
  7. Encourage your student to volunteer in community work. In addition to structuring free time, volunteerism provides students with opportunities to develop job-related skills and increase the likelihood of staying in college. Visit the Appalachian Community Together web site for local volunteer opportunities.
  8. Educate yourself about Greek Life. Check the grade point average (GPA) for each chapter. This can reflect how the members prioritize academic achievement. Greek chapters at Appalachian State University have social policies which regulate alcohol use. WE HAVE A NO HAZING POLICY! For more information visit the Greek website.

(From the Higher education Center)

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