“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.
WHILE YOU ARE SHOPPING:

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 cpcc.notices@preferredparking.com.
  • 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.

CENTRAL CAMPUS

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.
MERANCAS CAMPUS

(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

HARRIS CAMPUS
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

CATO CAMPUS
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

HARPER 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

LEVINE 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

Sign-Up for Critical Alert Emergency Notifications

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

CPCC students,

Are classes cancelled because of severe weather?  Is my campus closed because of a safety emergency? Stay informed in the event of a campus emergency by signing up for Critical Alert.  You’ll receive text message alerts and direct phone calls to get important information to you quickly.

You can also check 704.330.6888 (recorded information line), the College’s homepage (www.cpcc.edu) and local media outlets for CPCC emergency updates.

This system will only be used in the event of a true emergency such as an intruder, natural disaster or campus emergency. The system will NOT be used for routine communication. To ensure that the system is working properly, you may receive a test message each semester.

Sign-up for Critical Alert is free; however, be aware of your individual cell phone plan and the costs involved for text messaging and calls. Registration is good for one year and you will be notified when you need to re-register.

Again, CPCC will only use this text messaging/phone notification in emergency situations. Sign up now!

For more information or to register, also visit the URL below.
http://www.cpcc.edu/emergency-services/critical-alert