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ECU Cares Enhances Campus Security Through Online Reporting

East Carolina University’s office of Student Affairs announced in March the creation of a new program to assist faculty, staff and students in reporting individuals or circumstances on campus possessing a potential for violent activity.

The new program – ECU Cares – simplifies reporting of potentially dangerous situations through an online form at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/dos/onlinereporting.cfm. Alternatively, reports may be made directly to a case manager by calling 737-5555. Individuals submitting a report will be asked to provide names and contact information for all associated parties, while also identifying whether the matter is urgent, whose safety is at risk, and whether the concern takes place on campus.

When a report is submitted, a case manager from the Dean of Students’ office will follow up for additional information.

ECU Cares serves as a valuable resource for the ECU community in identifying individuals or circumstances that present the potential for escalating into violent scenarios. The program is not a substitute for immediate threats or emergencies; faculty, staff and students are urged to call 911 or the ECU Police in those situations.

The Dean of Students Office often contributes in the development, articulation, dissemination and enforcement of University rules, regulations and policies.  Because of this unique role, the office is able to coordinate with other university units, such as the Center for Counseling and Student Development, Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities and Campus Police, to serve as a campus resource for addressing faculty, staff and student inquiries about persons of concern.  

For questions or additional information about ECU CARES, contact the Dean of Students Office at (252) 328-9297.  


This story appeared originally in the April 30, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at http://www.ecu.edu/news/cs-admin/poe/2010/410/April-2010-Archives.cfm.