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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:
- 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 - 2:00am.
- 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