Clery Report

Crime Prevention Policies

Policy on Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are those crimes that manifest evidence that the victim was selected because of the perpetrator’s bias. Hate crimes are reported for the following crimes: murder, non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, forcible sex offenses, non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson larceny-theft, simple assault, vandalism of property/damage, and any other crime involving bodily injury.

Weapons Policy

In an effort to provide a safe and secure educational and working environment for its students, employees and visitors, no person other than authorized law enforcement officers shall possess, carry or store a weapon on any property owned, leased or operated by Gardner-Webb University. This policy also applies to a concealed weapon for which the carrier has a legal permit, as well as weapons in any University facility or within a vehicle parked on University property or the streets within University property. The term “weapon” includes, but is not limited to, firearms of any kind, BB guns, pellet guns, air guns, airsoft guns, paint ball guns, ammunition, bows and arrows, slingshots, Tasers, knives (other than pocket knives with a folding blade less than three inches in length), martial arts weapons, and toy, counterfeit, replica, or blank firing firearms. This policy includes use or possession of ammunition or dangerous chemicals, substances, or materials, or explosives, or incendiary devices. This prohibition also includes any University sponsored curricular or extracurricular activities regardless of location.

The only exceptions to this policy are for law enforcement and military personnel carrying out their official duties and for weapons used in the conduct of ceremonial or educational activities authorized by the President or designee.

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Policy

Gardner-Webb is an alcohol and drug-free campus. This information is provided to all students, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive overview of the health risks and legal implications related to alcohol and other drug use and to serve as a reference for on- and off-campus resources.


Gardner-Webb is a private, coeducational university with historic Baptist values located in North Carolina. Its purpose is to provide learning of distinction in the liberal arts and in professional studies within a caring community based on Christian principles and values. Students, faculty and staff are part of a community of learning, and Gardner-Webb seeks to prepare and encourage students to make meaningful contributions to the global community in which we live. To this end, the university strives to develop students intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically.

University Policies and Sanctions

The policies listed below apply to the Gardner-Webb campus and all university-sponsored events at off-campus locations. Administrators, alumni, faculty, guests, staff, and students must adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and University regulations related to the sale and use of alcoholic beverages and drugs. Any person found in possession of felony drugs, or manufacturing or selling of alcoholic beverages or drugs on the university campus or at University-sponsored events will be referred to University Police for prosecution. Any student or employee convicted of violation of state and local law may be subject to suspension from the University.

Gardner-Webb University supports and is fully committed to the concept of a drug and alcohol-free campus community. In order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Gardner-Webb publishes the following and makes it available to each student and to all employees.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Narcotics (heroin, morphine, etc.)
  •  Cannabis (marijuana, hashish, etc.)
  •  Synthetic Cannabinoids (Synthetic Marijuana)
  •  Stimulants (cocaine, diet pills, etc.)
  •  Depressants (tranquilizers, etc.)
  •  Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, designer drugs, etc.)
  •   Designer (MDA, MDA-known as ecstasy, ice, etc.)

Alcohol is prohibited by students, employees, and guests on Gardner-Webb University’s property or as any part of the University’s activities. As a condition of enrollment, Gardner-Webb University students will abide by these terms.

Gardner-Webb will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees who violate the terms of paragraph one. Upon conviction, the appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University and/or satisfactory participation in a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purpose by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency will be taken. More specific penalties are outlined in the following publications: Gardner-Webb University Student Handbook, Gardner- Webb University Special Studies Bulletin, Gardner-Webb University Graduate Catalog and Gardner-Webb Personnel Policies Manual. Violations may also be referred to the appropriate civil authorities for prosecution under local, state, and federal law.

Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. The applicable legal sanctions for various offenses are listed in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book, and a reference copy is maintained in the University Police Office. A booklet describing the health risks associated with the illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol is made available to all students and employees. Additional information and individual counseling is available through the University’s Counseling Center in Tucker Student Center. If necessary and at the student/employee’s expense, referral can be made to an outside agency. Violation of subsection (a1) of this section shall be an infraction and shall not be considered a moving violation for purposes of G.S.20-16 (c), the law prohibiting passengers in a motor vehicle from possessing an open container of alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.

Resources and Student Assistance

Gardner-Webb is a community and all members of the community are responsible for maintaining order and discipline on the University campus. The Student Development Division serves the primary role of coordination and implementation of Gardner-Webb University’s substance abuse policy. The division’s position emphasizes the early identification and intervention into substance abuse problems experienced by persons.


The Counseling Center provides current information on alcohol and other drugs, including topics of addiction, self-assessment and help, consequences of drug use, and drug facts. Counselors are available for consultation with any person. The Office of Housing and Residence Education provides programs on topics of health care, to include alcohol use and abuse, throughout the year.

This information is made available through brochures, journals, books, videos and cassette tapes, posters and newsletters to faculty/staff and students. High-traffic areas of the campus will be provided with handout materials related to substance use and its consequences.


Educational experiences are offered by key areas within the University. These experiences include:

  • Alcohol Awareness Week—a week in October is set aside to focus on substance use and abuse. Offerings to the general campus population and special groups are also provided.
  • A program is in place and designed to assist students who have been found in violation of the University’s policies involving alcohol and other drugs. The purpose of the program is to provide students with an alcohol and drug assessment, to provide information about alcohol and other drugs, an opportunity to focus on issues that will help you prevent future violations and counseling and/or treatment referrals. This program is provided through a group experience of five sessions.
  • Presentation of videos, films, and invited speakers on issues of substance use and abuse. These will be provided each semester for students and periodically at faculty and staff meetings as requested.


The University maintains close affiliation with Partners Behavioral Health and Atrium Health, where persons may be referred for assessment and/or treatment. In addition, referrals may be made to local providers.

The prohibition of alcohol includes, but is not limited to:

  • Drinking alcohol on campus;
  • Possessing alcohol, alcohol beverage containers (even if empty), or drinking paraphernalia (used for drinking games or quick consumption of alcohol);
  • Being intoxicated or under the influence on campus;
  • Use or possession of alcohol on University sponsored trips;
  • Drinking alcohol while under the age of 21, on or off campus;
  • Providing alcohol to a minor, on or off campus; and
  • The possession of false identification, on or off campus.

    The prohibition against illegal drugs in the campus policy includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using, possessing, or distributing illegal drugs on campus;
  • Possessing drug paraphernalia on campus;
  • Using, possessing, or distributing illegal drugs on University-sponsored trips, and
  • The misuse or illegal distribution of prescription medications.

If a student is charged with a violation of law, Gardner-Webb University will consider initiation of its own disciplinary proceeding independent of pending or completed court actions. Behavior off-campus may also be subject to disciplinary action. Violations of the drug and alcohol use policy can result in disciplinary consequences up to and including termination of association with the University.

All new students in the traditional program are required to attend a new student orientation which includes educational and preventative programming on alcohol and drugs as well as sexual harassment. Student Life offers educational programs throughout the year on alcohol, drugs, healthy relationships, and health and wellness.

Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the U.S. Department of Education requires that Gardner-Webb University provide employees with written notice of the prohibition of the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol. In addition, newly hired employees are provided a copy of the National Institute of Health’s publication, “Rethinking Drinking.” As a community, Gardner-Webb  seeks to maintain a work and school environment free from the adverse effects of drugs and alcohol. Unless specifically exempted through approval by the Office of the President in connection with an approved event, the following actions constitute violations of the University’s policy and are applicable to all employees:

  • Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on campus.
  • Being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances on campus.
  • The illegal possession, use, distribution and sale of controlled or illegal substances.
  • The use of University funds for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

The Employee Assistance Program provides confidential access to information and services on counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs for Gardner-Webb faculty and staff. Other resources available to members of the Gardner-Webb University community who are experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Helpline: 1-800-ALCOHOL (252-6465)
  • Al-Anon/Alateen: 1-888-4AlAnon (425-2666)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA):
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug information (NCADI): 1-800-729-6686

Gardner-Webb University encourages students, employees and visitors to be responsible for their own safety and the security of their property. Support safety and security efforts by reporting unusual or suspicious circumstances to Campus Safety and Security or local police promptly. Crime prevention is the most effective solution. However, at times, the Gardner-Webb community may face dangers to its safety and security and needs to be prepared to respond.

Missing Student Policy

In compliance with the Missing Student Procedures 20 USC 1092 (j) Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, it is the policy of Gardner-Webb University to investigate any report of a missing student who resides on campus at the University.

Gardner-Webb University takes student safety very seriously. To this end, the following policy and procedure has been established to assist in locating Gardner-Webb students living in University owned on-campus housing who, based on the facts and circumstances known to Gardner Webb, the University has determined to be missing.

Student Emergency Contact Form

At the beginning of each academic year, Gardner-Webb will inform students residing in on-campus housing that the University will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined to be missing. This information will include the following:

  • Students have the option of identifying an individual to be contacted by Gardner-Webb personnel not later than 24 hours after the time the student has been determined to be missing. Students can register this confidential contact information through the Housing and Residence Education office.
  • If the student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, Gardner-Webb is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
  • Gardner-Webb will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
  • If Gardner-Webb University Police or law enforcement personnel has been notified and decides that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus, Gardner-Webb will initiate the emergency contact procedures in accordance with the student’s designation.

The University will follow the following notification procedure for a missing student who resides in on-campus housing:

  • Once the University receives a missing student report via the Dean’s Office, University Police, Housing Office or other source, the following offices will be notified:
    • University Police
    • Undergraduate/Graduate Dean’s Office
    • Housing and Residence Education Office
  • Any official missing person report relating to this student shall be referred immediately to University Police.
  • If University Police, after investigating the official report, determines the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, Gardner- Webb will contact the individual identified by the student, the custodial parent or legal guardian if the student is under 18 and not emancipated, or local law enforcement if these do not apply.

Timely Warnings

Timely warnings notify members of the Gardner-Webb community of certain crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. The intent is to warn community members of a criminal incident so as to enable people to protect themselves and to increase safety awareness. The warnings may also include requests for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of an offender when violent or substantial crimes have been reported. Timely warnings may be issued for aggravated assault, arson, burglary, criminal homicide, dating violence, domestic violence, motor vehicle theft, robbery, sex offense, and stalking if the crime is determined to pose an ongoing threat to the Gardner-Webb University community. The decision to issue a timely warning is based on specific criteria:

  • Was the suspect identified?
  • Was the suspect apprehended?
  • Does the suspect have history of arrests, reports, complaints, or violent behavior?
  • Did the incident involve actual or threatened physical violence?
  • Were there multiple victims, actual or threatened?
  • Was it an isolated incident with a specific targeted victim?
  • Is the incident part of a pattern of behavior (by person, group organization or around a recurring event, activity or location)?
  • Were date-rape or similar drugs or intoxicants used?
  • Did the incident involve a victim who was unconscious, physically helpless or unaware?
  • Was the victim/intended victim under 18 years of age?
  • Were there aggravating circumstances or indications of predatory behavior that could indicate a serious or ongoing threat to members of the University community?

Timely warnings will include information about the crime or crimes that trigger the warnings but will not include information that will enable identification of victims. These warnings will include other information that the University believes will help community members protect themselves such as a description of suspects or tips of how to deter theft. The content of a warning will be based on the nature of the threat, the information available at the time it is issued, the risk of compromising official law enforcement investigations, and other factors relating to the circumstances.

The Chief of University Police is responsible for issuing timely warnings to the University community. Timely warnings are distributed to University email addresses and through text messages through the LiveSafe messaging system. Timely warnings are made for crimes specified in the Clery Act. Other dangers to the Gardner-Webb community are addressed through emergency communications as described in the Emergency Management section of this report.