The Department of Safety and Security emergency number: 336-312-9911 24 hours a day
The Department of Safety and Security non-emergency number: 336-217-7245
Campus Safety and Security along with Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Health and Counseling Services, reports to the Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer. Campus Safety and Security also works closely with the Office of the Dean of Students to ensure that safety policies and procedures are executed uniformly and conveyed in a clear and consistent manner to the college’s students, faculty, and staff. The primary objective of the department is to provide a safe and healthy environment that enhances the campus learning experience and supports the mission of the college.
The Department of Safety and Security is located in Main Building on the first floor in Office 116. Security officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The Department aids in enforcement of federal, state, and local statutes and Greensboro College policies and procedures. All officers are First Aid, CPR and AED certified. AED units are located in buildings throughout the campus.
The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for security enforcement, crime prevention, and crisis intervention at Greensboro College. Also, it is responsible for providing specific support services for the Greensboro College community.
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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (20 USC 1092 (f)) requires institutions of higher education to prepare, publish, and make available to all current and prospective students and employees, information pertaining to crime awareness and personal safety by October 1st of each year. Greensboro College is publishing this Annual Security and Fire Safety Report pursuant to this regulation.
2018 Annual Report (.pdf)
All residential students and select faculty and staff are issued an Access Card/Pride Card each fall by the Office of Residence Life. The card is used to access the residence halls by using the reader access systems located at various entrances. The lobby located at the Inn can be entered by key only. If an access card is found, it should be turned in to the Campus Security Office. If you lose your access card, you should report it immediately to Campus Security and obtain a new card. A replacement fee of $50 will be charged for a lost access card.
Fire Safety Regulations
In compliance with state law, fire drills will be conducted at various times throughout the year to insure that all on-campus residents are familiar with evacuation procedures. Any substance that could cause a fire is not permitted in the residence halls at any time. These items will be confiscated and are not subject to be returned (refer to the Residence Life section for specific items). Additionally, students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe environment in all campus facilities and should follow the procedures below in the event that a fire is discovered or if they see or smell something that indicates a fire in any campus building or on campus grounds.
- Pull the alarm if it has not yet been activated.
- Do not attempt to extinguish a fire until an alarm has been sounded
- Close room doors and exit the building.
- Do not use the elevator.
- Call 911 and report the location of the fire.
- Do not re-enter the building until instructed by campus security
In the event of a fire alarm, all occupants of the building are required to vacate. Failure to do so is a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Tampering with or inappropriately handling any fire and/or safety equipment (including but not limited to fire extinguishers, fire hoses, smoke alarms and detectors, fire safety vehicles) is strictly prohibited and a violation of federal/state law and the Student Conduct Code.
In most weather conditions, Greensboro College will remain open. Non-resident students and staff should use their own discretion in determining whether to drive to the campus in unsafe weather conditions. When weather or road conditions make travel unsafe, commuters will be excused from day/evening/weekend classes, but will be responsible for missed work. In the event Greensboro College delays or cancels classes, announcements will be made on the College’s switchboard, college website, local radio and TV stations, GC Alert Emergency Notification System and GCTV. If classes are canceled, the College is considered closed; faculty and staff are not required to report to work. If classes are delayed, the College will open when classes start. Some employees may be required to work when the College is delayed or closed.
Lost and Found
The Campus Safety and Security Department administers the Lost & Found services for the College. All items found on campus or in the vicinity of campus should be turned in to Campus Safety and Security. Please report any missing items to Campus Safety and Security immediately. Their office is located in Main Building, Office 116.
Missing Student Notification
It is the policy of Greensboro College to thoroughly investigate all reports of missing students. The College holds that every student reported missing will be considered at risk until significant information to the contrary is confirmed. It shall also be the policy of the College to support and assist missing person investigations originating outside our jurisdiction. It should also be noted that the College has no required waiting period for reporting a missing person. A person shall be deemed “missing” when his or her whereabouts are unknown and unexplainable for a period of time that is regarded by knowledgeable persons as highly unusual or suspicious in consideration of the subject’s behavior patterns, plans, or routines. Any Campus member who has knowledge of or receives a report that a student is missing must immediately report the information or evidence to the Office of Student Development and the Safety and Security Department.
Authorization to Release Information
- Every student at Greensboro College shall have the opportunity to give the College authorization to release information. The student shall select an individual(s) to whom the College has their permission to release information including, but not limited to, a confirmed report of the student being missing from the College. The student may at any time rescind this authorization or change the individual to whom notification will be made by updating the Authorization to Release form with the Office of Student Development. The student is responsible for ensuring that this information is kept up-to-date and accurate.
- The Authorization to Release form is kept in the student’s confidential file.
- The College shall release information to the parent or legal guardian of any student who is under the age of 18, unless he/she is identified as an emancipated individual, regardless of authorization by the student.
A student shall be deemed “missing” when:
- A report of a missing student is made to any College official; Faculty, Staff, Residence Life or Security personnel and
- All attempts to contact the missing student by College officials fail.
- The College official who receives the report of the missing student shall notify Campus Safety and Security and the Office of Student Development immediately.
- Campus Safety and Security shall notify the Greensboro Police Department not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is deemed missing.
- The Dean of Students shall notify the President of the College and the individual authorized by the student to be notified not later than 24 hours after the time the student is deemed missing. Please be aware that this policy is intended specifically for Residential Students of Greensboro College.
The college strictly prohibits the possession or use of any weapons including, but not limited to, guns, rifles, pistols, BB guns, pellet guns, stun guns, air rifles/pistols, paintball guns, BBs, bullets, bomb-making devices, knives (of any length), brass knuckles, slingshots, leaded canes and martial arts devices. In addition, any object that resembles a firearm or weapon is prohibited.
The only exception would be for “a weapon used solely for educational or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a school-approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision has been approved by the school authority” (North Carolina General Statute Section 14-269.2). Those persons exempted from this policy include any firefighters, police, emergency service personnel, North Carolina Forest Service personnel, and any private police employed by the college, when acting in the discharge of their official duties (North Carolina General Statute Section 14-269.2).
Any weapon or ammunition discovered on college property will be confiscated immediately. The college reserves the right, at the sole discretion of the Dean of Students, to immediately dismiss or suspend from the college any student found in possession of a weapon. In the event that such discretion is exercised, the college shall have no obligation to follow the above procedures, and the affected student shall not be vested with those rights otherwise afforded under the Student Conduct Code. The college reserves the right to report violations to the appropriate authorities.
Even if you have a concealed weapon permit, you are not allowed to have a weapon in your vehicle, room, on your person or in any area of the Greensboro College campus.
North Carolina General Statute 14-269.2 states that it shall be a Class I felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol or other firearm of any kind on educational property or to a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school.
Please call the Safety & Security department at ext. 5245 if you have any questions.
Skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates, bicycles, and other non-motorized vehicles are used at the rider’s own risk and should be used as a form of transportation on sidewalks and in the parking lots on campus, but never in buildings.
Any member of the Greensboro College administration, including the Residence Life staff, shall have the right to enter and search any College premises including residence hall rooms. The College official making the search will always knock and request permission to enter and search, but, if permission is denied or if the room is unoccupied, the College official may enter with a passkey to make his/her search. To the extent possible, residence hall rooms will be searched at a time when a student assigned to the room is present, but the College official shall have no obligation to delay an entry and search until such a student is present. The College official conducting the search shall make a true and complete inventory of any and all items confiscated/removed from the searched area.
Smoking & Tobacco Use in College Facilities
Greensboro College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to its students, employees, and guests. With this commitment the College will provide a tobacco-free campus for its students, staff, faculty, and guests. Tobacco-free is defined as a total ban on the use of tobacco products, including electronic tobacco products, while on the Greensboro College campus or at any Greensboro College-sponsored event.