Western Carolina University has a number of ways for campus community members and
visitors to report crimes, serious incidents, and other emergencies to appropriate
University officials. It is critical for the safety of the entire campus community
that you immediately report all incidents to the University Police Department promptly
to ensure an effective investigation and appropriate follow-up actions, including
issuing a Crime Alert, Timely Warning or emergency notifications. In the event of
a reported crime or emergency, there will be a public safety response to your location
and the Western Carolina University Police will take appropriate action. All reported
crimes will be investigated by the Western Carolina University Police on the property
of Western Carolina University and at its discretion may conduct further investigation
into the initial report.
For NON-EMERGENCIES dial 828.227.730. For EMERGENCIES dial 828.227.8911Additionally, during emergencies, individuals may dial 9-1-1 from their cellular telephones and report an emergency to the Jackson County Communications
Center who in turn will relay the information to the WCU Emergency Services Communication
Center. If you suspect a crime-in-progress, please call the police emergency number. If the
incident does not appear to be a crime-in-progress, you may call the police non-emergency
number and report the information. Please be prepared to give as much information
as possible about the person, vehicle, or situation.
Voluntary and Confidential Reporting
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University
System or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential
report. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the
matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and
others. With such information, Western Carolina University can keep an accurate record
of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern
of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the
campus community to a potential danger. Reports led in this manner are counted and
disclosed in Western Carolina University’s Annual Fire Safety and Security report.
NOTE: It is important to note that the TIPS Line and Silent Witness reporting systems are
not monitored at all times and should not be utilized for crimes in progress. Police
reports are public records under state law, and the University Police cannot hold
reports of crime in confidence. Victims or witnesses may make confidential reports
on a voluntary basis for the purpose of inclusion in the Annual Fire Safety and Security
report by one of the following methods:
Police TIPS Line - 828.227.TIPS (8477)
The TIPS line is an unmonitored telephone line that allows the caller to leave a recorded
message. Since the TIPS line is unmonitored, it should not be used to report crimes-in-progress.
When leaving a message, the caller should be prepared to give as much information
as possible about the person, vehicle, or situation. The caller does not have to leave
his or her name.
Silent Witness Website
The Silent Witness website allows a user to send an e-mail message to the Police Department. The message does
not capture the sender’s e-mail address; therefore, the message is submitted anonymously.
When sending a message, the caller should be prepared to give as much information
as possible about the person, vehicle, or situation. It is optional if the sender
wishes to provide his or her name and contact information.
Blue Light Phones
Western Carolina University has blue light emergency phones throughout the campus.
Emergency phones provide direct voice communications to the Western Carolina University
Emergency Communications Center. These phones should be used to report suspicious
activity, crimes in progress, or any emergency situation.
Reporting to Other Campus Security Authorities
While Western Carolina University prefers that community members promptly report all
crimes and other emergencies directly to the University Police Department 828.227.8911,
we also recognize that there will be reports to other individuals or University offices.
The Clery Act recognizes certain University officials as “Campus Security Authorities
(CSA).” The Act defines these individuals as “officials of an institution who have
signifcant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited
to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. An official
is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond
to particular issues on behalf of the institution.”