For immediate emergency assistance, dial 2-8000 if you are on campus — or call 911.

Please review the campus and community resources below for non-emergency support.

The Appalachian Police Department (APD) is located in the Rivers Street Parking Deck in Boone and on the first floor in Hickory, next to the information desk. Report a crime or suspicious activity in Boone or Hickory (non-emergency) at 828-262-2150 or you can report a crime or suspicious activity to APD in person.

You can anonymously report a crime or any suspicious activity in Boone by calling Watauga County Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959. To report a crime or any suspicious activity anonymously in the Hickory area, call 828-466-2847 or visit the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Give a Tip page.

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

Wellness, health and safety for all individuals is a top priority on App State’s campus. As you navigate the challenges of student life, there are many dedicated people and excellent resources to help. This website is a good place to start.



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.

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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 Walk, 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 Or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988). They will walk you through what to do. You don't have to face this alone.