Safety FAQs

Q.What do I do if I get to my classroom, and it's locked?
A. On any campus, call College Security non emergency at extension 6632 and a college security associate will be dispatched to unlock the door.

Q. What do I do if a student gets sick or has a seizure in my class?
A. On any campus, call College Security emergency extension at 6911. The security dispatcher will contact the community 911 emergency responder as needed and also dispatch a college security associate to remain on the scene until the emergency responder arrives.

Q. What if I'm uncomfortable walking to my car in the parking lot, or I feel someone is stalking me, especially at night?
A. On any campus, call College Security non emergency at extension 6632 to request an escort. You may also advise any college security associate that you see en route and ask them for assistance.

Q. What do I do if I feel someone is stalking me?
A. On any campus, call College Security emergency at extension 6911. They will advise you as to procedures for reporting the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agency and will work with you regarding escorts to your vehicle or other remote parts of campuses.

Q. What do I do if I feel threated in class or afterward by a student?
A. Call College Security non emergency at extension 6632 and a college security associate will be dispatched to your classroom or will contact you to discuss the situation further. Security works with the Associate Vice President for Student Services to determine if actions should be taken to suspend or ban the student from campuses. Be sure to send a copy of the written incident report to your immediate supervisor.

Q. What if I want to get into a building when the College is closed?
A. If the College is closed, you must have prior authorization to enter. For more information on the authorization procedures, contact the Director of College Security.

Q. How long can I expect to wait if I call Security for Help?
A. In an emergency, Security will respond as quickly as possible. For non-emergencies, expect approximately 15 minutes.

Q. What do I do when the fire alarm goes off?
A. When you hear the fire alarm, begin immediate evacuation using the closest EXIT – even if no one advises you to leave. Do not use the elevators. Instructors should ensure all students have exited prior to leaving. Remain at least 300 feet from the building in the designated assembly area. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by emergency responders, College Security, or Building Emergency Captains.

Q. What do I do if there's a bomb threat in my building?
A. Proceed as instructed by College Security or emergency personnel. Do not use cell phones or other electronic devices if you are within 150 feet of a potential bomb. If you receive a bomb threat by phone, when you hang up, immediately dial 9*57 from an on-campus phone or *57 from an off-campus phone to electronically flag the call. If the phone number is displayed on your phone, record that number,. Notify College Security emergency at extension 6911 and proceed as directed.

Q. What do I do if students are fighting in my classroom or in the hall?
A. Call College Security non emergency at extension 6632 and college security associate will be dispatched to the scene. DO NOT try to handle the situation yourself.

Q. Can I ask a student to leave my class if she/he is disruptive? What if she/he refuses to leave?
A. Yes. If the student does not leave when asked, call College Security non emergency at extenstion 6632. If the disruption is severe, dismiss the entire class and contact College Security at 6632. Be sure to send the written incident report to your immediate supervisor, and the Associated Vice President for Student Services. DO NOT try to handle the situation yourself.

Q. Can I ask a student to leave my class if I feel she/he is too sick or too contagious?
A. No. Per CPCC Policy 6.0, persons who know of who have reason to believe that they are infected with a communicable disease have an obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with such knowledge in order to protect themselves and others. Contact the ADA coordinator for more information.

Q. What if a student asks for medication?
A. College employees are not allowed to dispense medication.

Q. What do I do if I see someone vandalizing a campus building?
A. Immediately report the incident to College Security non emergency at extension 6632.

Q. We have fire drills, but do we ever have tornado dirlls, and what do I do if such a natural disaster occurs during one of my classes?
A. If a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service for the area, you will be notified by CPCC Critical Alert-Emergency Notification System.

  • CPCC email (email addresses ending in cpcc.edu)
  • CPCC web site (www.cpcc.edu)
  • CPCC TV (Channel 17 in Mecklenburg County)

College Security and Building Emergency Captains will notify classs in session of the warning. Safe locations include lower levels and interior corridors of the building, away from glassed areas such as windows, doors, and skylights. Move out of areas with a wide roof expanse (gymnasiums and auditoriums).