• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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, as well as the It's Up to Me video. Download below for iOS and Android.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

  • 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.

  • The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

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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