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ECU aims for secure, respectful environment

By Doug Boyd
ECU News Services

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."

Look for the expanded version of this story in a sneak preview of the Fall 2014 issue of
East magazine.

Also included in the East magazine story:

  • Lessons from Virginia Tech

  • Preventing sexual misconduct on campus

  • When someone needs help.

Quick Connections

Report a crime in progress

Dial 911 or call ECU Dispatch:
(252) 328-6787

Report a recent crime

Submit a crime report online
Or call the ECU Crime Tip Line at (252) 737-8477

East Carolina University Police Department
Blount House
609 E. Tenth Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Ph: (252) 328-6787
Fx: (252) 328-1974


Fifty-three new energy efficient lighting fixtures were installed on campus this summer to provide a safe environment around campus. Read more about the new lighting.

ECU Police Department

Report a crime: 252-328-6215
ECU Police web site

Safety Tips:
Police Department Safety Tips web site

Report crime anonymously:
Report crime online  or report anonymously at 252-328-6787.

Dedicated to serving and protecting the campus community, the ECU Police Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 65 days a year.

The professional, nationally accredited department provides the same level of service offered by a municipal police department, as well as other services unique to an academic institution.

Dean of Students

Dean of Students web site

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.

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services web site

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.

Environmental Health and Safety


Environmental Health & Safety web site

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.

Equity and Diversity

Equity and Diversity web site

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.


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.

LGBT Resource Office

LGBT web site

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.

Office of Prospective Health


Prospective Health web site

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

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:
  • ECU Alert Web page, ECU Alert web site
  • E-mail
  • PC pop-up messaging
  • Outdoor and indoor speakers
  • IP phone speaker interface
  • Digital LCD/plasma screen messages
  • Twitter: Follow ECU ALERT
  • 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


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.

R.A.D. Self-Defense Classes

RAD web site

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.

Safety Escorts


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.

We've Got You Covered

transit bus

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.

Residence Hall Program

Residence Hall programs web site

The Residence Hall Liaison Officer Program assigns police officers to each residence hall.



SafeRide web site

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.

Student Conduct Process

Student Conduct Process web site

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.

The office administers the university's code of conduct. Read more about the Code of Conduct./.

Title IX

Title IX web site

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:

At the Helm

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.

Family Guidebook

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.

Security & Fire Safety Report

The Security and Fire Safety Annual Report includes a wealth of information on university policies, procedures, statistics and resources. Download the Security and Fire Safety Annual Report in PDF format.

officers on bikes
Officers William Brown and Travis Kornegay of the ECU Police Department monitor campus activities on bicycles. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

officer with canine
Officer Todd Hammell and K-9 partner Marko conduct bomb-sniffing exercises on ECU's West Research campus.

Videos on campus safety and security

Active Shooter Drill (Video by Cliff Hollis)

Concealed Carry Law (Video by Cliff Hollis)

(Video by ECU Student Affairs)

(Video by ECU Student Affairs)

(Video by ECU Student Affairs)

(Video by ECU Student Affairs)

(Video by ECU Student Affairs)

ECU Police videos

The ECU Police have compiled a series of videos offering information on crime prevention, responding to an active shooter, recognizing and preventing violence in the workplace, sexual assault and suspicious activity. View those videos on the ECU Police Department web site at