Campus Safety and Security

Coronavirus Updates
Lees-McRae continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. The college is working with local health officials and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), in addition to seeking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and guests is our number one priority. Our goal is to provide a safe living and learning environment.

We provide and support general and emergency services and enforce campus rules and regulations 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Our officers work with and assist area law enforcement agencies with violations of North Carolina and federal laws both on and off-campus.

How to report a crime or emergency

Call 911 and/or the Office of Campus Safety and Security (828.898.8756) if:

  • You see fire or smell smoke
  • You witness someone vandalizing property or stealing
  • You witness someone hurting another person
  • You see something suspicious
  • You have something stolen
  • Someone becomes injured or ill

Even if you aren’t sure security is needed, call anyway and let us assess the situation.

Emergency Contacts

Executive Director of Campus Operations
HD Stewart

Office of Campus Safety and Security

Banner Elk Police Department

Avery County Sheriff’s Office

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Emergency Alert System

The college makes use of a multi-layer notification system powered by Rave Mobile Safety to alert the campus community to inclement weather, school closings, and/or other serious threats.

All current students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled in the alert system using their college-issued email addresses. Users are encouraged to add mobile phone numbers to their profile in order to receive text alerts and updates.

Lees-McRae invites parents, vendors, or other community members to subscribe to the emergency notifications. Text LMCALERT to 67283 to register.

The system is tested every semester, but is never used for non-emergency purposes. Personal contact information is kept confidential and will not be shared with third-parties. Standard or other messaging charges may apply to text messages depending upon your wireless carrier.


    General Safety Tips

    • Avoid walking alone at night and always walk in groups
    • Keep your doors locked even when you are in your room
    • Always have your keys out and ready when you approach your vehicle or residence hall
    • Don’t let strangers follow you into your residence hall, and contact the officer on duty if you have any safety concerns
    • Alert a friend or roommate of your whereabouts and your expected return whether you are leaving for a few hours or a few days
    • Keep an eye out for wildlife and never approach bears or other wild animals
    • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
    • Report any suspicious activity to the Office of Campus Safety and Security (828.898.8756)

    Winter Safety Tips

    Winter in Banner Elk is a beautiful time of the year, but it is also a time when winter storms and sub-zero temperatures pose a threat. We want to offer some winter safety tips to keep you safe during the winter season.

    • Wear proper footwear when walking on snow and ice. Boots or well-insulated shoes that are waterproof with non-slip tread are ideal.
    • Take small steps to keep your balance and avoid slipping.
    • Do not text or talk on your phone while walking on snow or ice.
    • Hold handrails when they are available for added support.
    • Avoid walking underneath icicles. As melting occurs, falling icicles are especially dangerous.
    • Walk on designated walkways as much as possible.
    • Avoid driving in snowy or icy conditions if at all possible. If it is necessary for you to travel, make sure that your tires are in good shape and that all essential features are working properly (lights, brakes, etc.).
    • Keep your gas tank as full as possible and your cell phone fully charged when traveling during inclement weather.
    • Keep a winter safety kit in your car that includes a flashlight, blanket, first aid kit, bottles of water, and snacks.

    If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Campus Safety and Security at 828.898.8756.