• 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.


  • 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.

Student Health & Counseling

Student Safety

  • 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.

  • 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.

Student Resources

Appalachian Cares Mobile App

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. Download below for iOS and Android.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

  • This app available through Appalachian Police Department presents two additional safety services: a safety timer, which will notify people you trust to check in on you, and a two-way texting service to report suspicious activity.

  • The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a unit designed to help you along your collegiate journey. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you as you enjoy the many offerings available in our community.

  • Appalachian State University values fostering a campus community that is safe and promotes the well-being of all individuals. Gender discrimination, sexual violence, and relationship violence are counter to our values institutionally. Appalachian has policies and processes available to all Mountaineers, guests, and visitors to ensure every person is provided support, information, and resources to address any misconduct, redress its effects, and prevent its recurrence. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Concerned about the well-being or safety of someone in your campus community? Observing behaviors that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe? Prevention is key—if you are unsure about making a call, err on the side of caution. You can report concerns and remain anonymous.

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