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Department of Public Safety  

University Police

Contact University Police 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Dial 6710 from an on-campus phone, or (828) 251-6710 to reach the main office
  • Visit the main office walk-up window, located in Vance Hall
  • Activate any of the emergency phones located in parking areas and along walkways on campus

To report an emergency occuring off campus dial 911.

About Us

The Police Department at UNC Asheville is a full-service law enforcement agency whose primary responsibility is the protection of life and property on the University campus.  The department's thirteen police officers are professionally trained to meet standards set forth by the Criminal Justice and Standards Division of the State of North Carolina.   UNC Asheville Police Officers have full police authority to investigate, apprehend and arrest under General Statute ยง 116-40.  They provide the campus with police protection twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. 

The Department offers a wide range of crime prevention and awareness programs that are designed to ensure a continued safe and secure learning environment.

Police Car


University Police was established by the authority vested in the Board of Trustees, and duly certified and sworn officers derive their police powers from North Carolina General Statute 116-40.5. The jurisdiction in which such authority can be exercised includes all property under the care, custody, or control of the university; on streets and roadways running adjacent to the campus; or beyond the jurisdiction when in continuous pursuit of offenders who have violated the law within the campus jurisdiction.



As a central part of the university community, the mission of University Police is to contribute to and promote the greater mission of UNC Asheville by facilitating a safe, secure and service-oriented environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.

Core Values

Community Concern

 We value input from our community and will work alongside community members to meet their needs.

Problem Oriented Policing

Through formal and informal contact with the public, we will strive to correct problems which may detract from a person's safety or feeling of security.

Respect and Responsibility

We will treat every member of the community, under similar circumstances, with respect and assume responsibility for our actions.


  1. To provide professional police and public safety services to the university community, including enforcement of state statutes and university regulations, without bias or prejudice.
  2. To encourage and develop interaction with students, faculty, staff and visitors in order to identify their expectations of the University Police.
  3. To educate university community members in their roles as partners of crime prevention and effective problem oriented policing.
  4. To develop and maintain partnership with on-campus and off-campus resources in assisting us in providing the broadest spectrum of public safety services possible.

Crime Alerts

Report Criminal Activity

If you know of a crime or wish to report suspicious activity which has happened or may happen in the future, you can submit an Anonymous Crime Tip.  If you have been the victim of a crime, you can report a crime by calling 828.251.6710


Last edited by on April 15, 2014