• App State will return to pre-pandemic operations for the Fall 2021 semester, with safety precautions in place. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated for COVID-19. Read the latest updates.

Appalachian Cares is your source for wellness, health and safety information, resources and support for the campus community.

  • 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.

Wellness, health and safety for students, faculty and staff is a top priority for our campus.

Our community welcomes all and takes seriously our individual roles to be concerned and compassionate members of this community. We involve faculty, staff and students in the shared responsibility of ensuring the health of our university community, but no one is expected to have all the answers – indeed no one of us does.

As you navigate the challenges of student life, there are many dedicated people and excellent resources on our campus to help. This is a good place to start.


  • The Appalachian Police Department (APD) is located in the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

    • Appalachian Police Department
    • On-campus police emergency



    • Other emergency


    • Report a crime or suspicious activity (non-emergency)


    • Report a crime or suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers


    • Other campus non-emergencies


  • AppState-ALERT is the Appalachian State University 24/7 emergency messaging system, using a combination of text messaging, voice messaging, a siren warning system, email and web technologies.

  • App State maintains two websites with information related to the pandemic:

  • The Appalachian Police Department operates a campus escort service, Mountaineer Safe Walk/Ride to provide a safety escort service for students during the evening hours who may feel uncomfortable walking alone after dark.

    Students who need a safety escort to or from any campus owned building or parking lot can call 828-262-7433 seven days per week, excluding university holidays and both summer sessions.

    • 828-262-7433

    Learn more

  • Safety Alerts

    Safety alerts are issued by the Appalachian Police Department. Notification to the campus of serious crimes is required by federal law.

  • Violence and Abuse

    Since 1978, OASIS, Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) has been working tirelessly to end the cycle of violence in Watauga County, North Carolina.

  • Assisting in the creation and maintenance of a university environment that will foster the well-being and personal development of its members. Located on the first floor of the Miles Annas Student Support Building.

  • Located on the second floor of the Miles Annas Student Services Building.

  • Resiliency Toolkit

    Strengthen your muscles for responding effectively to challenges and setbacks with Appalachian State University’s Resiliency Toolkit.

  • Any students or Appalachian family members who have food or goods needs are invited to visit Appalachian’s food pantry.

  • Appalachian's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is published each year to inform students, employees, their families and the public about safety and security policies on campus, and to share information about supportive resources available to those who need them. The report also includes police response and fire suppression statistics for the last three years.

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Keep important safety information at your fingertips with the Appalachian Cares mobile app. Includes links and telephone numbers for the Appalachian Police Department, student health and counseling services, Safe Ride, local community resources and national hotlines.

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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 https://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.