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Daily and Annual Crime Statistics



We all share the goal of providing an environment where our students can pursue their college experience in a safe and secure environment. Our most important partnership, however, is with the campus community. Without their support, engagement, and effort we could not be successful. A truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of everyone. It is up to each one of us to help foster a secure and supportive environment at Western Carolina University, an environment where individuals can feel safe to visit, learn, work and live.

The Daily Activity Reports log any and all alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the University Police Department, which is maintained by the University Police and is subject to public inspection.


The WCU Police Department firmly believes that members of the campus community have a right to know about crimes being committed in the community. In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that constitutes a threat to members of the campus community, a campus wide “Timely Warning” will typically be issued. The warning will be issued through the university’s email system to students, faculty, and staff.

Anyone with information regarding a timely warning incident should report the circumstances to the WCU PD immediately by phone at (828)‐227‐8911.

The U.S. Department of Education states that timely reporting to the campus community must be decided on a case‐by‐case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

The WCU PD may decide NOT to issue a timely warning if it determines that one or more of the following factors outweigh any potential danger to the members of the campus community:

  • The suspect is apprehended or other facts indicate that a danger has passed and is unlikely to reappear;
  • The timely warning would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual;
  • The timely warning would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection;
  • The timely warning would result in the destruction of evidence;
  • Or the timely warning would likely identify the victim.
  • If a report is not filed, or if the WCU PD is not notified in a manner that would allow the department to post a “timely” warning, no warning will be issued.
  • The crime alerts or "timely warnings" documented here are a requirement of The Jeanne Clery Act. An alert is posted when the university considers a crime to pose an ongoing threat to students and employees.


The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is a collaborative effort between the Western Carolina University Police Department, Division of Student Affairs, Department of Emergency Services, and the Safety & Risk Management Department. It contains information regarding statistical data, policies, Timely Warnings, Emergency Notifications, informational links, and other relevant information. While Western Carolina University statistics illustrate a very low crime rate, it is important for everyone to remember that we are not immune from criminal activity. As a community we are all responsible for and to each other to keep our campus community safe. Please feel free to contact the Western Carolina University Police Department at 828.227.7301 with any questions.

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