Precautions About Date Rape Drugs

There have been multiple recent reports of people in Charlotte area nightclubs consuming drinks that have been spiked with date rape drugs. These drugs, sometimes referred to as “roofies,” can incapacitate a person, leaving them vulnerable to a sexual assault or rape.  

Please use reasonable precautions to avoid consuming a spiked drink.  Go out with trusted friends, and watch out for each other.  Buy your own drink, do not leave your drink unattended, and do not accept a drink offered by a stranger.  Tell the manager or host if you think your drink has been spiked. 

If you suspect that a friend was given a spiked drink, tell the manager or host what happened.  Stay with your friend and watch their condition closely.  If their condition deteriorates, call 911 for medic and report the incident to the police.      

These CPCC campus resources are available to support our students if needed: 

·         Counseling Services         704.330.6433

·         Title IX Office                    704.330.6719

·         Care Team                         704.330.6659

·         College Security                704.330.6911     

CPCC Care Team:  See Something, Say Something

CPCC cares about the safety of our campus community, and the emotional and physical well-being of our students. The Care Team is a working group of dedicated college professionals who respond to reports about students exhibiting worrisome, concerning, or threatening behaviors. The Care Team is committed to a proactive approach to helping our students succeed while maintaining a safe campus environment.

The Care Team strives to create a campus culture of reporting. Our online reporting tool can be accessed from the CPCC homepage by clicking on the Safety icon located at the bottom of the screen, then clicking on Care Team. Reports submitted through this system are quickly reviewed, and appropriate intervention strategies are developed.  The professionals who serve on the Care Team have a strong commitment to this work, and our model is based on national best practices.

If a student or situation raises your concerns, please submit a report.  “See something, say something!”

CPCC Care Team: See Something, Say Something

CPCC cares about the emotional and physical well-being of our students, and the safety of our campus community.  The CPCC Care Team is a group of qualified and dedicated college professionals who respond to reports about students who exhibit worrisome, concerning, or threatening behaviors.  The Care Team is committed to a proactive approach to helping our student succeed while maintaining a safe campus environment.    

The Care Team strives to create a campus culture of reporting.  Our online reporting tool can be accessed from the CPCC homepage by clicking on the Safety icon located at the bottom of the screen, then clicking on Care Team.  Reports submitted through this system are quickly reviewed, and appropriate intervention strategies are developed.  The professionals who serve on the Care Team have a strong commitment to this work, and our model is based on national best practices.

If a student or situation raises your concerns, please submit a report.  “See something, say something!

Be Safe Around the CityLYNX Gold Line on Central Campus

The CityLYNX Gold Line provides a direct link to the heart of Uptown, connecting you to bus and light rail services, healthcare facilities, entertainment and small businesses. The CityLYNX Gold Line is a free service, so you do not need a ticket to ride. In order to Streetcarkeep the Gold Line safe and enjoyable for everyone, please remember the following:

•                    Park only in designated spaces. Even if just for a few minutes, do not park your car on Elizabeth Avenue if there is not an official parking space.

•                    Your entire vehicle, including mirrors, must be within the solid white parking lines. Incorrectly parked cars will be subject to a citation and towing.

•                    Cross only at designated crosswalks. There are clearly marked signs showing you safe areas to cross the street. If you see the streetcar coming, wait for it to pass before you cross.

•                    Stay Alert. Look up from your phone. Take out your ear buds or turn the volume down. Remember, safety starts with you.

•                    Cyclists should cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle to avoid getting wheels stuck or crashing.

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Get There Safe CPCC: Inattention Kills

Anything that causes you to take your attention away from driving, take your eyes off the road, or take your hands off of the wheel is a distraction. The most commonly thought of distraction is the phone.   In North Carolina all drivers are banned from sending or reading texts while they are driving.

Common ways drivers are distracted:

  • Eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Adjusting the radio, or CD player.
  • Talking, texting or emailing on a cell phone or smart phone.
  • Interacting with the other passengers. This is particularly a problem for novice or young drivers.
  • Searching for or moving an object in the vehicle.
  •  Reading or writing.
  • Personal grooming (brushing hair, applying make up).
  • Rubber necking when passing a crash scene or a work zone.
  • Looking at people, objects or events happening off the roadway

When driving, attention should be on scanning and anticipating other drivers moves and watching for new road conditions.

Passengers – be a friend, don’t distract! You might even hold the driver’s cell phone for them and convey messages.

Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

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Get There Safe: Gear Up to Go Out

Rules of the Road and Safety Tips for Bicyclists
  •  Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic. In the same space as a vehicle. This puts the cyclist where others expect to see them. Riding against or facing traffic is illegal and a common factor in many bicycle crashes. Riding beside traffic often causes cashes and confusion what bike and vehicles are doing when near each other.
  • Observe all traffic signs and signals. A bicycle is classified as a vehicle and is obligated to follow the same rules as other vehicles.
  •  Use hand signals before making a turn or stopping. Left arm out straight for a left turn, left arm out and bent up at the elbow for a right turn, and left arm out and bent down at the elbow for a stop. However its best to make eye contact with drivers when possible as many drivers do not know bike hand signals.
  • Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night or in low light.
  • Avoid the “door zone.” When riding beside parked cars, position your bike far enough to the left in the lane to avoid a suddenly opened car door.
  • Maintain a straight line along the right side of your lane. Weaving between parked cars and in and out of the lane may take you out of the view of following motorists. When possible use the bike lanes, but be aware many motorists may not be aware of rules of bike lanes so drive defensively.
  •  Look for hazards. Be aware of hazards around you, such as drainage grates with openings that could trap your wheel, cracks in the pavement, uneven road surfaces, broken glass, low hanging branches or other potential hazards. Do not wear earphones when riding.
  •  Be aware of the driveways and intersections. Many bicycle crashes occur at intersections or driveways when a motorist turns in front of a cyclist. Keep your eyes and ears on other traffic for signs that someone may make a turn in front of you.
  • Wear a helmet.. A bicycle helmet has been proven to provide head protection should a fall or crash occur.
  • Keep your bike maintained.. If you are unsure how to maintain your bike, take it to a bike shop. A well-maintained bike reduces the risk of crash.
Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used. For more on traffic safety, visit

Matthews Police Imposter Still at Large

On Saturday, January 17 at 7:45 p.m. an individual impersonating a Matthews police officer stopped a driver near the CPCC Levine Campus (on CPCC Lane near Campus Ridge Road).

The suspect was driving a white Crown Victoria, with a blue light attached to the bumper. According to the victim, the suspect signaled for them to stop and got out of the car, wearing a uniform with an unknown patch and badge. After approaching the car, the suspect, who reportedly was not armed, robbed the victim.

The victim, who was not harmed, described the suspect to police as a white male, approximately 6’ 1”, 190 pounds with black hair and a mustache.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Matthews Police Department at 704.847.5555.

CPCC Security would like to remind campus community members that if you find yourself in a similar situation, to turn on your car flashers, call 911 and pull into a well-lit parking lot where there may be others around.

Police cars are generally well marked and are equipped with emergency blue lights, as well as a siren. Often impersonators have a blue light, but not a siren.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact CPCC Security at 704.330.6632.

Get There Safe CPCC


Motor Vehicle Crashes are the leading cause of death for 16 to 24 year olds. And in fact one of the leading reasons of death throughout life!  Some of the key factors involved in North Carolina crashes are driver inexperience, driver distractions, driving too fast for conditions, and improper or careless driving.

General Traffic Safety Tips

Don’t drink and drive. Designate a Driver ( Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal)

Avoid sedating medications- check the labels on prescriptions or check with your doctor

Never text while you are driving, it’s the law. Did you know one of the biggest driving distractions that causes crashes for new drivers is eating while driving?

Obey the speed limit. Going too fast gives you less time to react. Speed limits are developed to keep people safe based on the road you are driving, obey them.

Plan ahead, know where you are going and how to get there before you leave.  If new to the area, drive common routes before under pressure to get to places to know the risks and conditions on those roads.

Leave early and plan enough time to get to your destination

Always expect the unexpected- the most useful tool in driving is being able to scan for hazards and anticipate other drivers decision making.

Get enough sleep, most adults need 7 to 9 hours to maintain full alertness during the day

Schedule breaks if your driving long distances – about every 100 miles or 2 hours and arrange for a travel companion if possible.

Practice driving in many conditions when you are a driver less than five years, practice is a protective factor.


Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

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CPCC College Security Update

CPCC students are reporting a white man (early to mid-thirties with thick-rimmed glasses) has been following women who are either walking or running near Central Campus and the college’s surrounding neighborhoods (NoDa, Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth and Chantilly).

 The individual in question drives an older, silver Prelude with a spoiler.

While the suspect has been primarily seen in his car, he will make several passes as a woman is walking or running, usually doing U-turns or turning down side streets and driveways to attempt to block off or corner the woman. He will sometimes stop and ask for directions, usually to the Epicenter or North Tryon, stating that his phone and navigation are dead. He is most seen around the hours of 6-7 p.m, but has been seen during the daylight hours as well.

Please take extra precaution if you are out alone and encounter him. Please contact CPCC College Security at 704 330.6632.

Get There Safe CPCC

SPEED A LITTE ……………LOSE A LOT I Ride Safe Carolina

Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the highest causes for crashes in North Carolina

Are you an aggressive driver putting you, your family, passengers and friends at risk??

Do you speed excessively?

Do you tailgate slower vehicles?

Do you race to beat the read lights or run stop signals/

Do you weave in and out of traffic?

Do you pass illegally on the right?

Do you fail to yield the right of way to on coming vehicles, bikes, or pedestrians

A yes to any of these makes you a potential risk on the roads. Take extra time to get to your destinations, plan routes with less traffic, relax during peak traffic times, a clear road does not mean it’s okay to go faster on the road.

If you were to encounter an aggressive driver, here a few tips on what to do:

Get out of their way and don’t challenge them

Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact and ignore rude gestures

Don’t block the passing lane if you are driving slower than most of the traffic

Road rage is not aggressive driving but turns into assault after experiencing an aggressive driver behavior usually.

Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

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Theft Prevention Tips

As we approach the holiday season crimes of opportunity increase.  We are experiencing an increase in cases of theft on campus.  College Security is asking for your assistance in preventing theft on our campuses.

In order for a crime to occur, an opportunity to commit that crime must exist.  Nearly all of the incidents of theft on Campus involve unattended and unsecured property.  Unintentionally, we are creating an environment where people are simply able to pick up valuables and walk away.

By simply keeping our valuables in our possession or locking them in a secure location we take away the opportunity for theft to occur.  We all have the ability to prevent the crime of theft on our campuses by securing our valuables at all times.

Please help us reduce the opportunity for crime and eliminate theft on Campus.

Lock it or lose it.  You hold the key.

Theft Prevention Tips

  • Keep your purse, wallet, keys, textbooks and other valuable items with you at all times or locked in a secure place.
  • Phones and computers are primary targets of theft.  Never leave them unattended.
  • Never leave valuable items visible in your vehicle.  Store items in your trunk or out of sight.
  • Always lock your car doors and keep windows rolled up.

Mobile Device Security Tips

  • Use a password or access code to restrict access.
  • Use anti-theft apps or software that will allow you to locate the device and wipe sensitive data from it.
  • Consider reading this article: “Before It’s Gone: Steps to Deter Smartphone Thefts & Protect Personal Info” –

Contacting College Security

  • Program emergency phone numbers into your cell phone.
  • Report suspicious behavior to College Security immediately.
  • Emergency assistance number: 704.330.6911 (extension 6911)
  • Non-emergency assistance number: 704.330.6632  (extension 6632)

“Shelter in Place.” What does it mean?

During news coverage of the recent suspect hunt connected to the Boston Marathon bombings, you might have heard the phrase, “shelter in place.” The term was used to tell students at MIT and residents in the Boston area Shelter in Placeto stay indoors where they were until they received further instructions from law enforcement officials.

“Shelter in place” often is used interchangeably with or instead of “lockdown.”

CPCC’s emergency response plans and guidebook also uses the phrase “shelter in place.” This instruction could be given to the college community in a number of emergency situations, including severe weather, an armed person on campus or an active shooter on or near campus.

If CPCC College Security instructs the college community to shelter in place, here’s what you should do, according to CPCC’s Emergency Response Guidebook.

Shelter in Place

When directed to shelter in place, the following actions should be taken:

  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors should move into or stay inside the closest permanent campus building.
  • Close and move away from all windows and doors.
  • Lock or barricade doors if possible.
  • Approved Shelter in Place areas are marked on the Fire Exit Plans posted on each floor.
  • Remain in place until notified by College Security, the Building Captain, or emergency response personnel that the incident has been cleared.
  • Information concerning the event will be distributed through College Security, Building Captains, and other emergency communication methods such as the Critical Alert Emergency Notification System.

Note:  Security personnel will secure exterior doors. Law enforcement agencies may use the term “lockdown” when directing occupants to shelter in place.


Holiday Safety Tips

As the 2012 fall semester approaches its conclusion, here are some safety tips to remember while on campus and as you’re out and about during the holiday season.   holiday safety tips
Typically, crimes such as robberies, burglaries and thefts increase slightly during the holiday season. Please take extra care to safeguard your property, lock your vehicles and/or office when you’re away.
  • Take items of value with you. Don’t leave your keys or purses in plain view.  Put valuable items in a locked drawer or locked in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Take your laptop!  Don’t leave your laptop computer or electronic devices unattended and unsecured in your office or lab at any time.
  • When walking during the evening hours be aware of your surroundings and only walk in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Do not to walk alone at night. Use the Central Piedmont Community College Escorts or call for a Security escort orSafe Ride during the day/evening hours by dialing 704.330.6632.
  • Don’t display cash while on the street, and be aware of your environment at all times.
  • Travel smart!  Make your travel arrangements responsibly and inform your family of your plans.

1.         Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you.
2.         Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers by not overburdening yourself with packages. You cannot be aware of your surroundings when your bags are blocking your view and slowing you down. Dress comfortably and casually. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
3.         Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or on a counter while you pay for your purchases. When using public restrooms, use extreme caution and try to avoid putting your purse on hooks or door handles.
4.         Never carry large amounts of money. Whenever possible, use credit cards or checks instead of cash.
5.         Park in a well-lit space.  Be sure to lock the car and close the windows. Hide shopping bag and gifts in the trunk.
6.         When returning to your auto or home, have your keys in your hand and ready to open the door.
7.         Before entering your vehicle, carefully check the front and rear seats and floors for anyone could be
hiding. Always lock your doors immediately after entering the vehicle.
8.         Try to shop with friends or relatives, as there is safety in numbers.
9.         Shopping with kids?  Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

In addition to taking these safety measures to protect yourself and your property, you can assist the College in maintaining a safe campus environment by reporting suspicious activity to the Central Piedmont Community College Security Department at 704.330.6632, or in an emergency, 704.330.6911.

Everything You Need to Know About Parking at CPCC

updated 8/15/2014

Parking at CPCC
This parking article will show you where to park and how to get to all of our campuses. Take a moment to read it and study the campus maps and adjacent streets to plan your best route. Visitor parking is allowed in designated areas.

Fees, North Carolina statutes and codified CPCC regulations:

  • Campus Access, Parking and Security fee: The CAPS Fee will cost curriculum students $97 (who are registered for 9 credit hours or more), $73 (8 credit hours or less), and $12 per class for Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) students. No student will be charged more than $97 per semester. Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • North Carolina General Statutes 20–37.6: Parking in a handicapped parking space without a handicapped placard (permit) is illegal. Using someone else’s placard when that person is not using the vehicle is also a misdemeanor. Violators will receive up to a $250 citation. If you need a handicapped placard, contact the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles for an application. Central Campus handicapped access information is available in the Office of Disability Services, Terrell Building, Second Floor.
  • Park only within lined spaces in the appropriate staff or student lot. Cars improperly parked or blocking other cars may receive a parking violation notice or may be towed or booted at the owner’s expense. Any vehicle receiving more than three notices of parking violations within a semester/term may be towed or booted at the owner’s expense. Excessive violations may result in a hold being placed on grades and registration.
  • Parking violation fees must be paid promptly. Please see instructions on citation. Send appeals to
  • On all campuses, you may get answers to parking questions not answered by this brochure at the information center on campus.
  • Sharing, exchanging or allowing others to use your parking permit to access CPCC parking lots, is a violation of NC Code. Those caught will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and students can also face disciplinary action for violating CPCC’s Student Code of Conduct.

Parking Permits

Student parking permits can be obtained at the following locations at the beginning of the term:

  • Cashiering Office (all campuses) during regular business hours
  • Central High Building, Room 122 on Central Campus, first two weeks of semester from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Parking decals must be displayed by September 1.


For all campuses

Due to the popularity of morning classes, parking spaces may be difficult to find between the hours of 9 and 11:30 a.m. You can make the task easier by studying the helpful hints and parking instructions that follow.

  • Always display your permit.
  • Expect parking to be more challenging during the first weeks of each semester.
  • Consider scheduling classes in the early morning or the afternoon.
  • Consider carpooling with a friend, especially the first few days of classes.
  • Instead of driving to campus, ride the bus. Bus schedules are available in the Student Life Center. Bus passes are sold at a discount in the CPCC Bookstore. Consider taking CATS’ Gold Rush which provides a quick connection to the Charlotte Transportation Center and the LYNX Blue Line.
  • Many streets surrounding Central Campus are one-way or have medians that restrict turns. Note the location of each parking lot and its best point of access for you.
  • All drivers who use Central Campus Lot 31 must pay when exiting the lot.
  • For easiest access to Central Campus parking deck #2, enter from N. Torrence Street.
  • Arrive on campus early for classes.
  • Take the time to visit our beautiful campuses before the first day of classes. Drive around and locate each parking lot; park and walk around the campus using the map to locate the buildings where your classes are scheduled.
  • Do not park in off-campus parking lots as area businesses may tow your vehicle.
  • Follow Twitter hashtag #cpccparking on Twitter for timely parking updates from @CPCC.

Need help?

The College Security Officers are here to help you. No matter what kind of situation arises at the College, contacting CPCC’s 24-hour Central Dispatch Station (Facilities Services, 1325 E. 7th Street) is the first step toward resolving problems. As soon as you dial for assistance, a radio call will go out to the nearest security officer. If additional help is needed — fire, police or medic — it can also be immediately dispatched.

  • Call 704.330.6911 for emergencies on all campuses.
  • Call 704.330.6632 for non-emergencies on all campuses.
  • Send anonymous tips using your mobile phone. Text cpcctip and your message to 67283.


1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, 28204– 704.330.2722

CPCC Central Campus


Central Campus Parking Decks:

Directions to Central Campus:

  • From Charlotte Airport: Exit Airport, left lane to I-85N • Exit right to Hwy 16 (Uptown) at mile 36 • Take I-77S. Exit 10-B (Trade, 5th St.). Stay on Trade through town. Trade becomes Elizabeth, shown on detail map. From Gastonia: I-85N. Join I-77S • Exit right to Hwy 16 (Uptown) at mile 36 • Take I-77S. Exit 10-B (Trade, 5th St.) • Stay on Trade through town. Trade becomes Elizabeth, shown on detail map. From Monroe: Hwy 74N (Independence Blvd.) right lane • Enter parking deck from Charlottetowne Ave. past Elizabeth Ave. on right.
  • From Concord: I-85S. Take right exit 38, immediate left to I-77S • Exit 10-B (Trade, 5th St.) • Stay on Trade through town. Trade becomes Elizabeth, shown on detail map.
  • From Rock Hill: I-77N • Exit right 10-B (Trade, 5th St.) • Stay on Trade through town. Trade becomes Elizabeth, shown on detail map.
  • From Hickory: Hwy 16S • Join I-77S • Exit 10-B (Trade, 5th St.). Stay on Trade through town. Trade becomes Elizabeth, shown on detail map. From Statesville: I-77S • Exit 10-B (Trade, 5th St.). Stay on Trade through town. Trade becomes Elizabeth, shown on detail map.

(formerly North Campus)
11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville, 28078 – 704.330.4100

CPCC Merancas Campus

CPCC Merancas Campus

Directions to Merancas Campus: I-77 North • Exit W.T. Harris Boulevard • Left on Statesville Road • Approximately 4 miles right on Verhoeff Road • Entrance to the campus is approximately 1/2 mile on right

3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr., Charlotte, 28208 – 704.330.4601

CPCC Harris Campus

CPCC Harris Campus

Directions to Harris Campus: From the north on I-77 take Hwy. 74 westbound • left on Morris Field Drive • left on CPCC Harris Campus Drive OR from the south on I-77, exit then right onto Billy Graham Parkway • right on Morris Field Drive • immediate right on CPCC Harris Campus Drive OR from I-85 take Billy Graham Parkway toward the airport • left on Morris Field Drive • immediate right on CPCC Harris Campus Drive

8120 Grier Road, Charlotte, 28215 – 704.330.4800

CPCC Cato Campus

CPCC Cato Campus

Directions to CatoCampus: I-85 North • Exit 45 East – WT Harris Boulevard • Go south 4 miles • Left on Grier Road • Right into campus

315 W. Hebron Street, Charlotte, 28273 – 704.330.4400

CPCC Harper Campus

CPCC Harper Campus

Directions to Harper Campus: I-77 South to Arrowood Road • Left on Arrowood Road • Go approximately 1 mile and Arrowood splits off to Hebron in the right lane at the third stop light • Right into Campus OR South Boulevard (521 South) • Right on Hebron Road • Left into Campus

2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, 28105 – 704.330.4200

CPCC Levine Campus

CPCC Levine Campus

Directions to Levine Campus (from Charlotte): Monroe Road East • Left at Campus Ridge Road • Go approximately 1 mile • Entrance to campus on the left OR 74 east past 485 exit • Take next right onto CPCC Lane to Campus Ridge Road and turn right • Go approximately 0.2 miles • Entrance to the campus on the left

“No Turn on Red” Installed at Charlottetowne/Elizabeth Intersection on Central Campus

All four travel lanes at the intersection of Charlottetowne and Elizabeth Avenues now have “NO TURN ON RED” signs to improve pedestrian safety. Take note of the new signage. Help keep pedestrians safe on campus and avoid points on your license. Running a red light could mean a penalty of three points on your license!

No Turn on Red