Western Carolina University is committed to creating and maintaining a culture of
safety. We strive to foster a supportive and secure environment, where individuals
can feel safe to visit, learn, work and live. Emergency preparedness is the responsibility
of every individual in the Western Carolina University community. Together we can
plan and prepare, stay informed and continue to foster a safe and secure campus environment.
Learn how to be Prepared
Campus Emergency Updates
Did you know?
WCU is the first of the 17 universities in the University of North Carolina system
to be emergency medical dispatch certified. The department works closely with campus
police, local law enforcement, fire and rescue and EMS to create a culture of preparedness
across campus, including satellite facilities and the Highland Biological Station.
Tools and Techniques
Continued outreach, education and communication are vital. The institution has many
strategies in place to promote a safe environment and is equipped to offer immediate
response to emergencies on campus.
- WCU Alerts: Subscribe to stay informed of emergency communications and other important information
via text message and email.
- Campus Siren System: Three siren towers are located around campus with omni-directional speakers at the
top of each tower. Listen and learn more about the siren system.
- Emergency Blue Light Phones: Blue light emergency phones are located throughout 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.
- Timely Warnings and Notifications: An alert is posted when the university considers a crime to pose an ongoing threat
to students and employees.
- Web Notifications: Track daily and annual statistics.
- Annual Safety Report: Take time to familiarize yourself with the campus Annual Safety Report, which details
information about crime and incidents on campus.
- Programs: Programs are offered to students, faculty, community organizations on an ongoing
basis. Topics include Campus Safety Training, Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness, DWI Awareness, Sexual Assault, and many others.
Learn More About Programs