Clery Report

Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report

Crime Statistics for 2020, 2021 and 2022

Introduction of the University

Located in the North Carolina foothills on over 225 acres, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1905. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community.

It is a goal of Gardner-Webb University to keep students, faculty members, staff, and visitors to the University as safe as possible. The Gardner-Webb Police Department, Office of Student Development, Human Resources and other departments all work together with local law enforcement agencies and community organizations to provide a balance of law and policy enforcement with educational programs to help increase the safety of the community. Gardner-Webb ’s efforts for safety does not end at the boundaries of the University campus, rather the University works closely with the City of Boiling Springs Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Gardner-Webb ’s University Police Department works to keep the campus community as safe and crime-free as possible.

About the Annual Security Report

This report is produced annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act, known as the Clery Act. It provides information about safety-related policies, procedures, practices, and resources. These policies and procedures may be updated or revised after publication of this report; with the updated information accessible through the Gardner-Webb University. Each member of the University community receives an email that describes the report and provides a link to its website location. For a paper copy, contact Gardner-Webb University Police Department.  

Gardner-Webb University’s publications, including, but not limited to, its catalogs, handbooks, policies, procedures, website, guidelines, communications, and social media posts do not constitute a contractual agreement between the University and any person or entity. The University reserves the right to unilaterally modify all such publications and/or modify its operating practices without prior notice.

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to:

  • Publish an annual report by October 1 of each year that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus safety and security policy statements;
  • Disclose crime statistics for campus areas, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through a campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms;
  • Provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and which “pose an ongoing threat to students and employees;”
  • Disclose in a public crime log crimes that have occurred on campus and that have been reported to Campus Safety and Security; and
  • Disclose agreements with state and/or local law enforcement agencies.

Preparation of the Annual Security Report

The statistical information for this report has been gathered from University Police records, local and state law enforcement agencies, and other University officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities” (Campus Security Authorities). The Gardner-Webb University Police department is responsible for collecting data and preparing the crime statistics for this report. Working together, the departments of University Police and Student Development, and others prepare the policy statements and disclosures.

As required by Federal and State law, Gardner-Webb University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or age.

Gardner-Webb University prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability for faculty staff students and visitors. Gardner-Webb University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints by any member of the Gardner-Webb University community alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (§29 U.S.C. 794) of the U.S. Department of Education regulations implementing the Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990 Title II & III (§42 U.S.C. 126). Section 504 and the ADA, Sections Title II & Title III prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The Law and Regulations may be examined in the office of Lesley Villarose, M.Ed., Vice-President for Student Development and Dean of Students and Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator, 243 Tucker Student Center, (704) 406-2081, [email protected], who has been designated to coordinate the efforts of Gardner-Webb University to comply with Section 504 and the Americans With Disabilities Act ( ADA).University students, employees, and participants in University-sponsored programs and activities may be entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications for a disability. Requests for such accommodations should be directed to:

Cheryl Potter, MA, Ed.S.
Associate Dean
Noel Center for Disability Resources
Gardner-Webb University
[email protected]
(704) 406-4271

Concerns regarding other types of discrimination may be directed to:

Ms. Lesley Villarose
Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students
Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator
Tucker Student Center #243
[email protected]
(704) 406-2081

Complaints may also be filed with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the Equal Opportunity Commission.

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