Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services supports a safe campus environment in which all students and employees can learn, teach, and work. Available 24 hours a day, Atrium Health Cabarrus security officers respond to potential criminal incidents, requests for assistance, and emergency situations. Although not sworn police officers, they work closely with the City of Concord Police and Fire Departments, and other state officials to maintain a safe and secure environment. City of Concord Police staffs one officer on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus and is available to assist Atrium Health Cabarrus security as needed.

If you need emergency assistance on campus, call:

  • Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services: 704-403-1192 or extension 6.6595 (from a college phone)
  • Atrium Health Cabarrus telephone operator: 704-403-3000
  • Lift the receiver at any emergency phone for immediate assistance. Emergency phone locations at the college include:
    • Front entrance
    • Side exit stairwell adjacent to the patio
    • Parking lot M (east and west sides)
    • Throughout parking areas of Atrium Health Cabarrus campus

Building Access

The College building is opened at 6:00AM and locked at 7:00PM Monday thru Friday. The College remains locked on weekends, holidays and designated “closed” days.

The front entrance to the building, when locked, does remain accessible via card swipe access to individuals having a valid photo identification badge. Students with a valid badge will have access to the building when locked, from 6:00AM to 10:00PM daily including weekends and holidays. Employees having a valid badge will have access to the building when locked, 24-hours per day, seven days per week.

NOTE: The College utilizes the Opening Up America guidelines provided by the Federal Government and Center for Disease Control to facilitate a procedure for teammates and students to return to teaching, learning, and service to one another during the COVID 19 pandemic. As such building access may be adjusted and entrants into the facility may be subjected to screening, be required to wear a mask, follow social distancing practices or other mitigating measures.

Clery Act Information

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, a facility of Atrium Health Cabarrus and Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services, prepared this report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.  This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus or property owned or controlled by Atrium Health/Atrium Health Cabarrus; and on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that are within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  The Safety and Security report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual misconduct, and other matters.  Each entity provides updated information on its educational efforts and programs.  Campus disciplinary, crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to designated campus security officials, and local law enforcement agencies.   To access the full report click on the 2021 Campus Safety and Security Report.   

Safety is one of the core values and standards of all members of the campus community at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences.  The Cabarrus College Campus Safety and Security Report is published and distributed each year to students and employees of  the College in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act  (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA).  The report can be accessed at http://ope.ed.gov/security (click on the far left box titled “Get Data for One School”, then go to the institution field and enter Cabarrus College of Health Sciences).  To review or inquire about the comprehensive report, please contact Student Affairs at 704-403-1638.

Emergency Alert Notifications

Cabarrus College provides several ways in which employees and students can be notified in the event of an emergency situation. These are in addition to website postings and media outlets used primarily in the case of inclement weather notifications.

  • Contact Now is an automated messaging system used in the event of a College emergency. This system uses voice messages to land and cell phones to provide information to students and employees. Student and employee telephone numbers are entered into the SonisWeb database.
  • Overhead Audible Paging is available throughout the College building and is activated by Security Services or administration as necessary.
  • Recorded Messages are available by dialing the College's primary telephone line 704-403-1555.

Emergency Preparedness

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, employees and visitors, Cabarrus College has an emergency preparedness plan in place. For more information about the plan, please see policy 07-04 Emergency Preparedness and Safety.

Facility Safety
The College building is open to employees and students from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday when classes are in session. During the times the College is closed, which includes Saturday, Sunday, holidays and designated "closed days", the College is accessible to employees and students having a valid identification badge via card swipe access.

Employees and students are encouraged to maintain a secure building by not propping exterior doors open. Offices, classrooms, and laboratories are secured by key locks. Keys are prohibited from being duplicated and employees are responsible for securing their offices when unoccupied.

Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services monitors the building perimeter, front entrance, and parking lot through surveillance cameras 24 hours per day. Additionally, security officers provide vehicle patrol of the parking lot and walking patrol of the building twice a day.

The College's security systems (fire alarms, electronic card access, emergency telephone systems, and Contact Now) are tested by Atrium Health Cabarrus Facilities Management Services, the Concord Fire Department, Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services, and others.

Reporting Criminal Actions or Other Activities
Individuals should immediately report criminal activity, suspicious activity, and emergency situations to Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services (704-403-1192 or extension 6.6595 from a College phone). Security Services can also be contacted through the Atrium Health Cabarrus telephone operator at 704-403-3000.

Special Alerts
Special alerts may be posted around the College building in the event of an incident that might pose a threat to the College community.

A daily crime log is available for review at the Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services office, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays. The information in the crime log typically includes the nature, time, location and disposition of the criminal activity.

Parking

Each student, faculty and staff member of the College, as well as visitors who wish to park a vehicle on College property will be required to obtain a parking decal or temporary pass in the case of visitors. Cars must have a properly displayed parking decal, and park within marked spaces in areas designated only for the decal issued.

Registration
Students and employees can submit a completed form to the receptionist in the front lobby.

Visitors to the College must obtain a temporary parking pass from the Receptionist in the front lobby. Temporary parking passes are not necessary Monday thru Friday after 6 p.m. or on weekends.

Campus Parking Policies
Parking is available to faculty, staff, students, and visitors of the College. Parking spaces in front of and to the left of the College building (when entering from Medical Park Drive) are available to faculty, staff and visitors. Parking spaces to the right are available to students. Overflow parking is available to any person in upper Lot M located to the far left of the College and separately accessed from Medical Park Drive (campus map). For more information about the College parking policy see Parking Policy 07-08.

Students participating in clinical/fieldwork at Atrium Health Cabarrus must park in the designated Cabarrus College student parking lot.

Students, when working as Atrium Health Cabarrus employees, must park in the designated employee lot of Atrium Health Cabarrus and must display the appropriate decal for the area. For more information on Atrium Health Cabarrus parking policies see Atrium Health Cabarrus Parking Policy 2.25.

Handicapped Spaces
Handicapped spaces are available on the College campus as well as on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus. Spaces are governed by state law and space use is enforced by safety and security officers. Neither the offices of Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services or offices at the College can issue handicap permits for these spaces, but they can provide information on how to obtain handicap permits.

Parking Violations
Faculty, staff, and students found to be in violation of the parking policies will be issued citations by Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services and/or College Administration.

Possession of Weapons

The College is committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff and guests.  Weapons, firearms, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous items or substances, concealed or otherwise, are not permitted on the campuses of the College (including inside vehicles parked on the premises) or any affiliates with the exception of weapons carried by law enforcement officers.  Private security officers are not considered to be law enforcement officers and therefore, should not carry weapons on Cabarrus College or Atrium Health Cabarrus property.  If a student or an employee of Atrium Health Cabarrus observes someone bringing a weapon or firearm on the premises; finds a weapon or firearm on the premises or believes someone has a weapon or firearm on their person or in their belongings (this includes vehicles), the employee or student should immediately notify Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services at 704-403-6595.  A detailed description of the person, location or direction of travel, and a description of the weapon should be reported. Security Services will respond immediately to investigate the situation. In the event a weapon or firearm is found, Security will take possession of the weapon until determining the appropriate lawful course of action. Violators of this prohibition will be subject to arrest and prosecution and disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Services

Escort Services
Escort services are provided by Atrium Health Cabarrus Security Services upon request from dusk to dawn for anyone leaving the building alone. A security officer can be summoned by calling Security Services (704-403-1192 or extension 6.6595 from a college phone) or the Atrium Health Cabarrus telephone operator (704-403-3000).

Emergency Telephones
Emergency telephones are available throughout the College campus and at Atrium Health Cabarrus. Phones are situated in parking lots and high traffic pedestrian areas. They can be easily located and identified by the yellow box which houses the phone.

Emergency telephones are also located at the front entrance of the College, the stairwell that exits on the west side of the building adjacent to Lake Concord Road, and in all classrooms and laboratories.

Motor Assistance
If you experience a non-emergent vehicle accident or need motor assistance while on the campus of the College or Atrium Health Cabarrus, contact Security Services (704-403-1192 or extension 6.6595 from a College phone) or the Atrium Health Cabarrus telephone operator (704-403-3000).

Educational Programs
Educational programs are offered throughout the year to educate employees and students about College safety and security procedures and practices. Programs are offered on campus by Atrium Health Cabarrus Safety and Security officers, the Coordinator, Campus and Community Outreach, and others in an effort to increase safety awareness, reduce risk, and prevent crime. Presentations include:

  • Rape and sexual assault prevention
  • Crime prevention
  • Personal safety
  • Domestic violence and intimate partner violence awareness
  • Other timely issues as they arise

Lost and Found
All items lost and found on the College campus will be kept in a secure location in the Student Support Center (Office 133). Having a central location helps with lost items so they may be returned to owners in a timely and efficient manner.

If you suspect personal property is stolen, or if you lost personal property on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus, contact Security Services (704-403-1192 or extension 6.6595 from a College phone) as soon as you notice the missing property to file a report. For more information see policy 08-03 Lost and Found Property.

Severe Weather

In our southern location, snow, tornados or other inclement weather gives rise to questions regarding the College closings or delays particularly since the College is a commuter campus. Weather monitoring alerts are issued from Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, a facility of Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast and through the NOAA weather alert radio located in the Administrative Suite. In the event a decision to alter the operating status of the College becomes necessary due to inclement weather, the decision will be made by the President or the President's designee.

As soon as a decision is made regarding a change in the College's operating status, employees and students will be alerted of such by way of the following as applicable:

  • Automated messaging system (Contact Now)
  • Overhead audible paging system
  • Local television stations including WBTV (3), WSOC (9), and WCNC (36)
  • College's primary telephone line (704-403-1555)
  • College website

For more information on inclement weather see College policy Inclement Weather and Other Short Term Emergencies 07-10.

Sexual Assault and Harassment

Cabarrus College endeavors to promptly investigate any compliant regarding discrimination based on its programs and activities or based on any sexual harassment or violence.  The Title IX Coordinator (Mary Elmore, Director of Student Records and Information), is responsible for coordinating an immediate investigation of any complaint and ensures prompt resolution of student and/or employee complaints alleging any action related to sexual discrimination, harassment or violence.  In case of a conflict or absence of the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will serve as the designee.  The Title IX Coordinator's office is located in the Student Services Suite 133 and can be reached at 704-403-3218 or mary.elmore@cabarruscollege.edu and by calling Security at 704-403-1192 after hours.  

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted in 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by state registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, under state law, to each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services, or is a student. Law enforcement information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Cabarrus County Sherriff's Office, 30 Corban Avenue, Concord, NC 28025; phone: 704-920-3000 or on the statewide database NC Sex Offender Registry.

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