Emergency Preparedness Information

Appalachian State University seeks to provide a safe and secure environment in which to offer programming at its off-campus sites.* Once notified of a situation that arises at one of our off-campus locations, that, in the judgment of the University Chief of Police or his designated representative, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, an alert will be issued in a timely manner through the University e-mail system to students, faculty and staff at the affected location. It will also be posted on onlinetudents.appstate.edu.

Community colleges and university locations

In the event of an emergency on the campus at which Appalachian degrees/certificates or other programming are offered, the host institution bears primary** responsibility for the safety, security and notification of such events for all individuals on its grounds. You will be informed at orientation about the location of emergency preparedness and response information for your particular site. Appalachian State University has secondary*** responsibility at these sites and is typically notified about events. However, the notification is a courtesy and may well be delayed by the situation on the ground at the location. Such delays may well result in further delays in our ability to provide a courtesy alert to our own students/faculty/staff at that location. For that reason, our students/faculty/staff should stay attuned to announcements and notifications from the host campus as those notifications may precede our ability to relay them by significant minutes. If/Once an alert has been issued by a site and received by Appalachian, all follow up announcements will be posted to distancestudents.appstate.edu.

K-12 school sites (school and/or administrative buildings)

Local officials and police departments have primary** responsibility for safety and security at K-12 school system locations. Appalachian State University has secondary*** responsibility at these sites. The University Police Department requests notification about events that affect our students and faculty at such locations for the purpose of issuing an alert to affected parties. Students who attend classes at K-12 locations should be aware that such notifications to Appalachian may be delayed by the events themselves and thus alerts from our notification system may not be immediate. We will direct students to emergency procedures during orientation.


Appalachian State University has primary** responsibility for individuals on the campus at the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET). The protocol for notification and procedures to follow in the event of an emergency at the NCCET is available on the NCCET site information page. In addition, the procedures that should be followed by persons at the site are posted at the NCCET as well. Students and faculty will be notified at their orientations of the location of the posting.

*Required Notifications/Protocols: All institutions of higher education are required to have some type of emergency alert system to notify persons on their grounds to events that constitute a threat to their safety. Locations determine the most effective method of notification. Common methods include: text, email, phone, PA system, other. Such institutions are also required to post emergency preparedness procedures that address various types of events. Appalachian’s Office of Distance Education staff will make every effort to direct students at orientation to these protocols. Information is provided to staff and faculty via the web-based Faculty Handbook for Distance Education Teaching.

**Primary responsibility sites: These are sites where Appalachian State University is the primary party responsible for the life safety of our students, staff and faculty who are at those sites for the purpose of participating in our degree/certificate or other programs. NCCET in Hickory is an Appalachian facility and thus is a “primary responsibility” site.

***Secondary responsibility sites: These are sites where Appalachian rents or uses space at the request of a host school system. The host campus bears the primary responsibility for managing emergencies and events and for alerting all individuals (including our students, faculty, and staff) on their institutional grounds. Although Appalachian does not bear primary responsibility at these secondary sites, the institution recognizes the need to provide alerts as a courtesy to our students, faculty, and staff.