ECU is working to make safety and security a part of everyday life.
"Campus safety and a secure, respectful environment...must be present if we are to support a first-class learning community, one characterized as free from fear, open and transparent, welcoming of ideas and devoted to new information," said Chancellor Steve Ballard.
The university has created a campus safety master plan and spends more than $7 million a year on safety and security. In the event of an emergency, ECU uses text messaging and emails, among other methods, to relay information to students, faculty and staff. Emergency messages are also posted to the ECU Alert Twitter account.
(Video by Cliff Hollis)
In addition, loudspeakers broadcast emergency messages to pedestrians. Video screens around campus relay important information to passers-by. Desk telephones broadcast messages to office workers, and a program pops up messages on their computer screens.
In the past 10 years, ECU's overall crime index (the number of serious crimes per 100,000 people) decreased by 42 percent, and violent crime fell 63 percent.
During the next three fiscal years, ECU plans to spend more than $1 million on specific safety measures such as emergency blue-light phone upgrades, lighting improvements, card access and alarms on buildings.
"Campus safety is top priority across the campus, and it's something we take very seriously in student affairs," said Virginia Hardy, ECU vice chancellor for student affairs. "In fact, it is a large part of our daily operations."
Her division operates the Dean of Students office, which offers counseling and advocacy among other services. It also offers online educational modules that are required for students and that cover topics such as substance abuse, diversity and personal safety.
One focus of ECU and UNC system leaders is sexual violence. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires colleges and universities to provide equal opportunities in education and activities for men and women. Court cases in the 1990s established that Title IX also covers sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus. Read more about Title IX.
In addition, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires educational institutions to track and disclose crime data.
Still, vigilance is the key to safety, officials stress.
"If you see something, say something," said ECU Police Chief Gerald Lewis. "The public has to be our ears and eyes. That's the way the system is supposed to work."
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The Office of the Dean of Students is the campus resource for addressing and responding to student issues and concerns. The staff serves as a liaison among students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators to help solve problems, assist with individual or group crisis management, navigate various campus procedures and serve as an advocate for students when needed.
ECU is accessible to persons with disabilities and is committed to providing support services to the fullest extent possible. Disability Support Services seeks to meet individual needs by creating policies regarding programs, services and activities for individuals with disabilities.
The office is a source of information and advice and a communication link among individuals with disabilities, faculty and staff, state rehabilitation agencies and the community at large.
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety collaborates with the Office of Prospective Health, university committees and the campus community to provide policies, education, program management and consultative services that support the mission of hte university while continuously improving the safety, health and sustainability of the campus environment.
The Office for Equity and Diversity provides leadership in the university's efforts to foster a welcoming, inclusive environment. The scope of the office encompasses institutional equity and diversity functions and involves education, outreach and assessment.
Administrators in this office monitor institutional practices in support of the principles of diversity and equity so that these guiding principles are applied and assessed institutionally on the administrative, academic, budgetary and strategic fronts. Programs and services of the office support a sustained diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment for faculty, staff and students.
ABOUT TITLE IX AT ECU
A safe and respectful campus means freedom from discrimination or harassment based on gender, as guaranteed in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. ECU Title IX Coordinators, pictured above, are Lathan Turner, left, deputy Title IX coordinator for students, and LaKesha Alston, Title IX coordinator. Read more about Title IX.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Office serves as an educational, referral and social center for the entire campus. Central to its mission is advocacy for the LGBT community and support for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
The Office maintains a resource library and hosts Lavender Launch, a celebration held in May to acknowledge the contributions of graduating LGBT and ally students. Volunteer opportunities for students include serving as resource office assistanat, LGBT informational panels in classrooms, residence halls and for organizations and clubs, and educational event planning and coordination.
The primary mission of the Office of Prospective Health is to provide quality health and safety services to all employees of ECU.
In collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the office strives to ensure the safety of all ECU personnel and compliance with state and federal regulations related to biological safety, biological waste management, employee health, employee wellness, infection control and radiation safety.
ECU Police officer Brian Richardson shares safety advice with incoming ECU freshmen during a July orientation session on campus. The presentation for incoming freshmen is just one of many steps ECU has taken in recent years to enhance security across campus. Read more about those steps and how they align with the new UNC Security Initiative. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)
ECU ALERT is a collection of communication tools the university uses to distribute emergency notification and information. It is only used for emergencies and occasional required testing. It allows the university to send emergency notification in a variety of ways:
Facebook: Like East Carolina University and ECU News Services
Cell phone text messaging service.
In addition, information regarding ongoing emergency situations is available through the ECU Hotlines as follows:
ECU faculty, staff and students: 252-328-0062 (all campuses)
ECU Physicians staff: 252-744-5080 or 800-754-5181.
ECU Cares is a resource for students, faculty and staff to report behavior of concern exhibited by another member of the campus community.
ECU Cares provides two options for reporting those concerns:
Complete the online reporting form at ECU Cares web site (click on Report Person of Concern).
Members of the campus community may ontact a case manager by telephone at (252) 737-5555.
Emergency Blue-Light Phones
About 100 emergency blue-light phones have been strategically placed throughout the ECU campuses for use in emergency situations, including potential safety hazards, assistance needed, suspicious activity, feeling unsafe or needing a walking escort.
A simple push of the red emergency button instantly connects the user with ECU Police Dispatch. Once a phone has been activated, an officer will be summoned to that phone's location. Use should be limited to emergency situations, or for reporting crimes or suspicious activities in progress only.
Rape Aggression Defense for women and Resisting Aggression with Defense for men offer lecture, education, discussion, and self-defense techniques for women and men of all ages and abilities. Both programs are 12 hours in length over a three-night period. Attendance at all nights is mandatory for completion of the course.
Student patrol officers are uniformed, radio-equipped and trained student employees of the ECU Police Department who provide safety escorts during evening hours to the campus community where there is a safety concern or risk on campus.
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ECU Pirates traveling to and from university neighborhoods between Fifth and First streets may now find safe and reliable late-night transportation on the new Pirate Express route. Read more about Pirate Express and the new covered bus shelters being constructed on campus.
SafeRide serves to facilitate a safe and reliable evening commuting environment in the ECU/Greenville area by providing students, staff, faculty and visitors with a fare-free method of transportation around campus to their homes or vehicles. It also provides safe and reliable evening movement around the ECU campus.
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities staff fosters student growth by promoting students' awareness and understanding of their rights and responsibilities as community members, addressing student conduct and creating developmental learning opportunities and engaging students in ethical decision-making.
Title IX, formerly known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, mandates that no person shall be excluded from participation in or discriminated against on the basis of sex in programs or activities at educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
Acts of sexual violence, harassment and/or misconduct are deemed as forms of sex discrimination. The Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights to enforce Title IX and ensure that institutions comply with Title IX through compliance enforcement.
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..." 20 U.S.C. 1681
Emergency Reference Guides
The following reference guides provide quick answers for what to do or who to call in an emergency situation. Included are suggestions for actions to take in situations such as weather emergencies, fire, earthquakes, lockdowns and bomb threats. A bomb threat checklist is also included. Download the appropriate emergency quick reference guide for your area below:
This student handbook includes information on a wide variety of topics and resources, including student conduct, university policies and procedures and campus safety. Download At the Helm in PDF format.
Distributed at orientation sessions to families of incoming students, the guidebook covers information regarding campus resources, policies, procedures, dates and events to help prepare familities to assist their students in making the most of their first-year experience at ECU.
Download the Family Guidebook in PDF format.