Appalachian Cares

Appalachian Cares is a place to find information and updates about matters of 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 need to have 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.


  • The University Police Department is located in the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

  • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

    • Wellness Center: Alcohol
    • Daymark Recovery Resources

      Daymark Recovery Services, Inc. is a mission driven, comprehensive community provider of culturally sensitive mental health and substance abuse services.

      • Crisis Line


      • Office Line


  • Mountaineer Safe Ride service provides safe and secure transportation for students during the evening hours. The service is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. The service area is strictly limited to University properties only (parking lots, residence halls and academic buildings).

    • 828-262-7433

    Learn more

  • Crime Alerts

    Crime alerts are issued by University Police. Notification to the campus of serious crimes is required by federal law.

    Learn more


  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Events and demonstrations that support those who have been affected by interpersonal violence are an important catalyst for culture change. We are all here tonight because we recognize that there are deep-seeded misperceptions about interpersonal violence that need to change. College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014

    At Appalachian, we are uniquely tied to the mission of helping one another, and I feel strongly we need it right now more than ever.

  • Friday, November 14, 2014

    Yesterday, we received the tragic news that Appalachian State University student Jeremy A. Sprinkle, an 18-year-old freshman from Kernersville, was found deceased in his campus residence hall Thursday morning. The official cause of death has not yet been determined; however, foul play is not suspected and there is no evidence to suggest there is any threat to the university community.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    It is with great sadness that I reach out to you about the death of student Jeremy A. Sprinkle. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Jeremy’s family, loved ones and friends. At this difficult time, it is imperative that we join together in care and concern as we mourn his loss. Our community can and must share the message that no one needs to be alone when navigating difficult times. If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    The death of a student is very difficult for our community. Even the death of someone we may not know, or know well, can take a toll. It is important you know how to access the resources you might need in order to manage in times of stress.

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Current events have focused attention on global health concerns. You can rest assured that our campus is participating with many key public health agencies to provide thoughtful and excellent health care and community safety for the university community.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014

    Over the past several days, we have faced significant challenges on our campus. Saturday was an especially difficult day. I was particularly touched by the messages I received from so many of you expressing concern and support for Anna Smith's family, and for everyone at Appalachian.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014

    I am heartbroken about the news of Anna’s untimely death. The thoughts and prayers of our entire Appalachian Community are with Anna’s parents, family and friends as we all mourn this tragic loss.

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 with resources and information related to student health and safety. This video won a Platinum MarCom Award in 2012.