• If you have been sexually assaulted recently or some time ago, you may be experiencing a wide range of feelings, from shock, fear, disbelief, recurring memories, outrage, confusion, sadness, despair, and anger. Please do not lose hope. All of your feelings are valid. You did not deserve this and the offender is the only person who should be blamed. There are many who can be of help to you now.

    • Sexual Assault Prevention
    • OASIS, Inc.
    • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline


      At any given moment, more than 1,100 trained volunteers are on duty and available to help victims at RAINN-affiliated crisis centers across the country. RAINN does not have any record of a caller's phone number or name.

      Callers always have the choice of whether or not to share their real name or phone number with counselors; they are never obligated to reveal this information. In other words, we will know who you are only if you choose to tell us.

  • If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, help is available.

    • Prevent Suicide
    • Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings
    • Daymark Recovery Services

      Walk-in clinic, mobile crisis unit and 24-hour crisis services. Substance abuse and mental health outpatient treatment and intensive in-home treatment.

      • Crisis Line


      • Office Line


    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline


      It doesn't always feel like it, but your life matters. In moments when you feel like you just need some support, there is help out there. Join the movement to spread the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all you, the unique and real you, matter.

Appalachian Cares

Appalachian Cares is a place to find updates about matters of student health and safety. It also functions as the most up-to-date clearinghouse of information, resources and support available for our students faculty and staff regarding student health and safety.
If you are concerned about the well-being of someone in your campus community, if you are observing behaviors that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you don't have to have all the answers. On this page, you can find resources and contacts to help. If you don't see what you need here, or if you have a ideas, questions or concerns regarding student life at Appalachian, you can submit them here.



  • Friday, May 12, 2017

    On May 11, a new case of mumps was confirmed in an Appalachian State University student, bringing the total number of mumps cases in Watauga County to four, and the total number of cases in Appalachian students to three. As you travel home or to other locations during the summer months, please exercise caution and be vigilant about caring for yourself and others.

  • Friday, May 12, 2017

    Recent confirmed cases of mumps among Appalachian State University and Caldwell Community College students in Watauga County have generated questions about MMR immunization requirements for college students. North Carolina state law requires two immunization vaccinations before enrolling in school, college or university for the first time.

  • Friday, April 28, 2017

    Two cases of mumps were confirmed in Watauga County on April 27 and 28, 2017, making a total of three confirmed cases in the county for the year. The two additional cases are in an Appalachian State University student and a Watauga Campus Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) student. All confirmed cases are residents of Watauga County.

  • Monday, April 10, 2017

    In follow up to Saturday’s communication, we wanted to provide you with an update on a case of mumps in an Appalachian State University student, which was confirmed on April 7. While at this time, we have not detected additional cases of mumps, we remain on heightened alert for anyone with signs and symptoms compatible with mumps.

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017

    We have learned of one confirmed case of mumps at Appalachian State University and we want to share information about this situation with you. We are providing this information in the interest of maintaining open communication about the potential of exposure. Below we have summarized important information regarding mumps exposure and symptoms to encourage community members to promptly report suspected mumps cases.

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) adopted by Congress in 2008, Appalachian State University prohibits the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of controlled substances or illicit drugs on its campus. The University will take all lawful actions necessary to eliminate illegal drugs from the University community. Appalachian State University adheres to the University of North Carolina policy on Illegal Drugs, adopted by the Board of Governors on January 15, 1988, and published in The UNC Policy Manual, section 1300.1.

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    On October 5, 2016, I sent an email notifying you that all faculty and some staff are now designated as responsible employees under Title IX. In order to understand your reporting obligations and ensure all campus employees are aware of their rights under Title IX and the university’s workplace violence policy, all employees are required to complete the Haven online training module.

  • Mountaineer Homecoming
    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Homecoming celebrations show us that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Appalachian Prevention Advocates 2015 - Inaugural Class

2 min. 58 sec.

The Appalachian Prevention Advocate program is part of an institutional commitment to reduce instances of suicide, sexual assaults and misuse of drugs and alcohol within the Appalachian Community. The goal is to teach our students skills to help them prevent suicide, drug/alcohol abuse and sexual assault behaviors in themselves as well as with their peers, so we can lower the overall incidence rates on our campus. Students who participate in prevention training for each of the Big Three areas, and commit to continued refresher courses and interim training will graduate with a special, tri-color cord (each color signifying one of the Big Three prevention threads) and a certificate. These individuals will possess the ability to recognize and prevent risky behaviors in themselves and their peers in personal and professional settings at Appalachian and beyond.

It's Up to Me

6 min. 44 sec.

This promotional video for Appalachian’s "It's Up to Me" safety and bystander awareness campaign provides three personal stories on the importance of speaking up. It also offers these tips: Say Something, Ask and Listen, Have a Plan and Be Aware. The video promotes the website appcares.appstate.edu with resources and information related to student health and safety. This video won a Platinum MarCom Award in 2012.

Asking the Question - Appalachian State University Suicide Prevention Video

3 min. 57 sec.

Talking to a friend about suicide is scary. That's a normal reaction. It's OK if you don't know what to do. This video helps you learn what to do and how to access appropriate resources.

If you think a friend is considering suicide, you can get advice at the Counseling Center at Appalachian State University at 828-262-3180 or http://counseling.appstate.edu. Or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). They will walk you through what to do. You don't have to face this alone.