Weather and Other Commuter Safety Concerns

The personal safety of commuter students is a concern of the University. Please put the following important numbers into your phone’s contact list:

In the case of Inclement Weather…

As a commuter, you will need to decide if road conditions are safe for you to travel to campus.  If you ever have a question on whether classes are delayed, canceled, or if the university is closed, call the Inclement Weather Hotline at 336/334-4400 or the UNCG Switchboard at 336/334-5000. A recorded message will give you the most accurate information.

In addition, delays and closing are always communicated to local television and radio. If you believe conditions exist which prohibit you from getting to campus, you need to be sure to communicate with your instructors and get information about any coursework missed. Most faculty will provide students with their email address and this is a good way to communicate to faculty if you are going to miss class due to inclement weather.

Sign up for SpartanAlerts, information on closings and delays will be posted on this page, as well as updates following any significant emergency or disaster. You can also get weather alerts for UNCG on your phone at Click “DIGTRIADSCGUILFORD”, scroll down and choose “UNC – Greensboro.”

Safety Escort

University Police, upon the request of any faculty, staff member, and student, will provide a safety escort to anywhere on campus Sunday through Thursday from 6 pm until 11 pm by calling 336/334-5963 (7 days a week, 8pm – 1am starting in Fall 2012) .  UNCG Police or their trained Student Rangers also provide a safety patrol escort (walking or vehicular depending on Police availability) to those who feel unsafe after 1:00 am, on weekends, Holidays and University Breaks.  As a commuting student, you should also be aware of your personal safety as you are driving from home to the campus. Students are encouraged to use common sense, keep car doors locked, and be aware of your surroundings.

Motor Assistance Patrol (MAP)

Parking Operations and Campus Access Management (POCAM) operates a Motor Assistance Patrol (MAP).  Complimentary motorist assistance services for vehicles parked on campus are provided as personnel and resources are available. Wait time for assistance will vary depending on availability of personnel and campus conditions. Your patience is appreciated.

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  • air for a flat tire

A Liability Release Form must be completed and signed by the vehicle driver to be eligible for assistance.  For assistance, please call 336/ 334-5681.  While waiting for personnel to be dispatched, please raise the vehicle hood for easy identification.

If keys are locked inside a vehicle, please contact a locksmith or vehicle dealership for assistance.

Blue Emergency Phones

There are Blue Emergency Poles/Phones located throughout campus.  Blue Light Phones are nine feet tall, ADA compliant, with a blue flashing strobe that begins when the Emergency button is pushed. Each phone has a red emergency button and black information button that enables a person to talk directly with the University Police. A single push of a button will connect you to the Police Department’s Communications Center.  The phones on campus provide the Police Communication Center with the location of the call. A police officer will be dispatched immediately in the event of an emergency.

Home Security and Safety

Living off campus can present new concerns about home security. The following are a few rules of thumb to follow when securing your home.

  • Keep doors and windows locked. Make sure these locks are secure and in good working order.
  • Don’t use your sliding glass door as your entry/exit from your apartment if it doesn’t have its own lock.  Many robberies happen because students assume no one is going to try the sliding glass door in daylight.
  • You can purchase inexpensive window and door alarms for added security.
  • If you have a sliding patio door, keep it secure with a “charley bar” or a wooden dowel or broom handle cut long enough to wedge into place and keep the door from moving.
  • Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries and keep a light on when you are away for more than a weekend.
  • Be general wih your voice mail, Facebook, and Twitter messages.
  • Keep all valuables out of view fom windows.
  • Keep curtains or blinds closed at night.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure the property has enough smoke detectors and that they are working.  If you have a fireplace or gas appliances make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector and it is in good working order.
  • Purchase items for an emergency kit like radios, batteries, flashlights, etc. and enough non-perishable food and beverages to last each person 3-5 days.
  • Be prepared for severe weather – sign up for weather alert texts from any local tv station, the National Weather Service, the Weather Channel, etc.  Identify a safe place in your apartment in case of a tornado and consider purchasing a solar powered weather radio – some even have built in chargers for your phone.

Self Defense

UNCG Campus Police offer a Rape Aggression Defense Class. It is a free class (unless you do not show up without contacting the class coordinators and then your student account will be billed $25).  You can access the calendar and registration form from the link above.  

Other Safety Information

The UNCG Office of Emergency Management has a student emergency guide that provides information on how to handle yourself in various emergencies that can happen on or off-campus.

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