Crime Prevention Practices
Gardner-Webb University recognizes the importance of safety and regularly assesses areas that may need repairs to or replacement of lighting on campus. But as in every community, the more people looking, the safer our campus will be. If you encounter a hazard, broken light, or other unsafe condition, use the maintenance request link which can be found on Webbconnect or contact University Police.
University Police works with Student Development to take a proactive approach to crime prevention. The goal of the University’s crime prevention and security awareness programs is to eliminate or minimize criminal opportunities and to encourage students, faculty members, and staff members to be responsible for their safety and the safety of other members of the Gardner-Webb community.
During new student orientation and open houses, students and their families are informed about the types of crime that occur on campus and introduced to the prevention resources offered by University Police and Student Development. During the 2020-2021 academic year, students were involved in programs about general safety and security awareness. These programs addressed safety, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, fire safety, emergency response and evacuation procedures, sexual assault prevention, and theft prevention:
Acts or threats of violence must be reported to University personnel in order to enable the University to take appropriate action to protect the safety of all members of the Gardner-Webb community. Reports of events, incidents, or concern in the Boling Springs area should be made to University Police at (704) 406-4444. If it is an emergency situation, also contact 911.
Reports concerning behavior that could be a safety concern, even if not a direct threat, should also be reported. Some examples of these types of behavior that should be reported are:
Reports of such behavior may be made to University Police; the Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students or Residence Life on call if a student is involved, or the Associate Vice President of Human Resources if an employee is involved.
The University has a Threat Assessment Team (TAT) that is charged with creating a best practice threat assessment operating environment. The TAT exists to facilitate a multidisciplinary, coordinated response to reports of students, employees or other individuals on campus who have engaged in behavior indicating a possible threat of harm to self or other members of the campus community. The team is comprised of representatives from campus to include University Police, Student Development, Counseling Services and the Noel Center.
The team has been established to: