Safety & Security

General Campus Safety Tips

  • Keep an eye out for loiterers or those hanging around your residence hall who should not be there.  Contact a University Housing staff member or University Police if needed.
  • If possible, always travel with another person - especially after dark.
  • Only use well-lit and well-traveled streets and/or paths on campus at night.  Be certain to avoid unlit or dimly lit areas.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked as you leave your residence hall.
  • Do not let anyone "tailgate" behind you into your residence hall.  Remember - one swipe, one person!
  • Stay with a group of people and avoid non-populated or poorly lit areas whenever possible.
  • Have your keys ready and make sure that at least one hand is free when going to your car.  Avoid having both hands overloaded.
  • Tell someone you trust where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Do not loan your key to others.  If your key is lost or stolen, notify a hall staff member as soon as possible.


Residence Hall Safety

Safety is a top priority in any residence hall.  Several policies and types of life safety equipment designed to increase safety within the residence halls are in place.  Removing, tampering, and/or damaging any life safety device will not be tolerated.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:


Policies:
  • Residents are issued an Appalachian State University ID card used to gain access to their residence hall.  Residents should not allow non-residents to follow them through the open door when entering/leaving the building.  This practice of "tailgating" compromises the safety of all residents.  Non-residents should contact a resident of the building to escort them while in the residence hall.
  • Residence hall staff are on duty from 8:00pm - 3:30am to monitor activity in each building.
  • Residence Life staff are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies within the residence halls.  Both graduate and full-time staff live in the residence halls to provide a quick response and ongoing support to our students.
  • The Night Safety program is a service offered by University Housing that focuses on promoting safety and monitors the residence halls between the hours of 11:30pm - 3:30am.

Equipment:
  • Video cameras (installed at each entrance/exit to every residence hall)
  • Fire extinguishers and suppression systems
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire alarm pull stations, strobes, audio devices, and panel boxes
  • Fire hoses
  • Fire doors
  • Sprinkler systems, including all piping and sprinkler heads