University Police personnel facilitate programs for students, faculty, and new employee orientations, student organizations, and community organizations on an ongoing basis. Topics include Campus Safety Training (Shots Fired), Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness, DWI Awareness, Sexual Assault, and many others.
For specific program options and requests, please contact Sergeant Brittany Thompson for more information at 828-227-3204.
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The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on self-defense training.
This course is taught by Certified RAD Instructors. We offer several course options:
Report IT is an online database that lets you securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss.
Officers explain and assist individuals in creating free accounts on Report IT. Tools are also available for participants to engrave personal belongings. Report IT greatly increases the chance of recovery of lost or stolen property.
This program is most effective in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.
The Drug Risk Awareness Program identifies commonly abused drugs and the risk factors involved. Officers will also provide discussion about the criminal process and legal ramifications for an individual both on and off campus. Confiscated drug paraphernalia will be available for attendees to view.REQUEST THIS PROGRAM
The Alcohol Risk Awareness Program reviews the dangers of alcohol consumption and abuse. Officers will also provide discussion about the criminal process and legal ramifications for an individual both on and off campus. The use of beer goggles is available for this program.
The Dating/Domestic Violence and Stalking Program focuses on defining and understanding domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Officers will also discuss consent and available on-campus and off-campus resources.
A CSA is defined as "an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings." Western Carolina University has identified our officials who meet these criteria and has informed them of their responsibilities.
The Traffic/DWI program covers information related to traffic stops. This includes reasons a traffic stop may be conducted and what to do during the traffic stop if you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer. Demonstrations related to DWI traffic stops are included.
Run, Hide, Fight - Surviving an Active Shooter Event program discusses how to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity, what to expect and how to react when law enforcement arrives, and information to provide to emergency communications.
Read Tips: What To Do When Shots Are Fired
Crime Prevention and Services is a program designed to cover a broad range of topics including how to report a crime, timely warnings, statistics, risk reduction strategies, scams, code of conduct, alcohol and drug risk awareness, Run-Hide-Fight, consent, and other topics.
Sexual Assault Risk Awareness program is aimed at defining and understanding consent and providing victim services information. Discussion also includes strategies for risk reduction, primary prevention, and bystander intervention.