Central Campus Door Unlock Schedule

In recent months, the Central Campus has experienced a number of situations in the early morning hours involving people who have come onto college property without a legitimate purpose. College Security Services is concerned these situations could pose a danger to college employees, students or visitors – as well as to college property.

As a result, changes have been made to the Central Campus exterior door unlocking schedule. As you recall, the college’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. On weekdays, building exterior doors will now remain locked until 7 a.m.

Students who need to arrive early on Central Campus will be directed to the Overcash Commons Elizabeth Ave. entrance, which will unlock at 6 a.m. This will allow College Security Services to provide students shelter from the weather and access to facilities while waiting for the college buildings to unlock at 7 a.m.

If a building is scheduled for a 7 a.m. class, the exterior doors will unlock at 6:30 a.m. for student access. Employees would continue to use their access card to get into the building beginning at 6 a.m.

Safe College – Active Shooter Preparedness

We hope you’re off to a great start with the new semester! We want you to know campus safety is the top priority of Central Piedmont’s College Security Services team and Emergency Management staff.

Thank you for taking part in the Aug. 21 classroom phone paging system test. We will periodically test our emergency communication channels as part of our preparations for potential emergency situations.

We take this opportunity to remind you of the information available on the college’s website about What To Do In An Emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire, and more. The college has a short, safety video we want you to watch now about what to do in those kinds of emergencies.

If there’s an active shooter on or near a Central Piedmont campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please also take a moment today to watch this powerful video to learn more about the “Run. Hide. Fight.” concept to help you know what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are located.

If a campus goes on lockdown, you should immediately find a way to secure yourself, whether that means run, hide, or fight. Here’s more information:

RUN:

  • If you are outside or feel that it is safe to do so, exit the area and move away from danger to take protective cover.

HIDE:

  • If you are in a building and/or unsure of the location of the shooter, find the nearest classroom or safe area to securely hide.
  • Close and lock the door, close the blinds, find a spot in the room to hide away from the windows and doors, and remain quiet and calm.
  • If the door does not lock, use items from the room to attempt to barricade the door or hide behind.
  • DO NOT answer the door for anyone except first responders.

FIGHT:

  • This is a last resort. If you come into direct contact with the shooter, use the means at your disposal to fight and attempt to stop the individual.

The college relies on its students and employees to be the eyes and ears of the college, so if you see something, say something. Please program the Central Piedmont College Security Services phone number, 704.330.6911, into your mobile phone and call if there’s ever a concern of an immediate threat.

If you know of behavior that is concerning or disruptive to the college community, please learn more about counseling service referrals or how to submit a report to the Care Team, which is a cross-unit group whose members consist of college staff from Student Services, College Security Services, Counseling, Human Resources, and Academic Affairs.

Here are multiple ways to contact College Security if you have additional concerns: 

Contact College Security Services:

  • Emergency
    704.330.6911
  • Non-Emergency
    704.330.6632
  • Text-2-Tip
    Text to 67283: Start your message with “CPCCTIP” and provide your security concern/tip

College Security Services Wants You to Know…

Message from Attorney General Josh Stein:

Asked to pay with a gift card? It’s a scam.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is a scam and what isn’t. But here’s an easy one to figure out – if someone is asking you to pay using a gift card, it’s always a scam.

Gift cards are being used as part of several different scams, including IRSjury duty, and grandparent scams. When scammers ask for money or demand that you pay them, they’ll direct you to buy a set of gift cards. These gift cards can be for a range of stores or products, including Target, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. Then, they’ll ask you to give them the gift card number and PIN information from the back of the card. Once they have that information, they can spend your money using the gift cards.

These scammers can be incredibly difficult to track down, so if you’re asked to buy prepaid gift cards to pay for anything, don’t make the purchase. Report it to our Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online

Hurricane Florence Could Impact Area – Here Is What To Do Now

The safety of our CPCC community is our primary concern. College safety officials are closely tracking Hurricane Florence and preparing response measures should our campuses be impacted.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently declared a State of Emergency, which allows the state to begin pre-positioning resources and to request federal assistance in case we have any impact from Hurricane Florence. This declaration does not impact our campus operations, and classes will take place as scheduled unless the college announces otherwise.

To ensure you receive the latest updates concerning the impact of severe weather on the college, we ask all students to update your contact information for CPCC’s Critical Alert emergency notification system now by using your CPCC login and password to access cpcc.regroup.com. The college will use multiple communication channels – including text, phone, email to CPCC email addresses, and the college website – in case there’s urgent information to share. We will also provide the same updates via social media (Facebook @CentralPiedmontCC  / Twitter @CPCC).

The NC Department of Public Safety reports the biggest potential threats to areas in the inland parts of the state could be dangerous winds and also flooding from any heavy rains.

It’s important to pay attention to weather updates and be prepared in case of weather-related emergencies. Here are links to additional, helpful websites to help you be ready in case of a weather-related emergency:

If You See Something, Say Something.

Welcome to the fall semester! Campus safety is the top priority of CPCC’s College Security team and Emergency Management team.

We want to take this opportunity to remind you of the information available on CPCC’s website about What To Do In An Emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire and more.

If there’s an active shooter on or near a CPCC campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please take a moment today to watch this powerful video to learn about the “Run. Hide. Fight.” concept to help you know what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are located.

Most importantly, CPCC relies on its students and employees to be the eyes and ears of the college, so if you see something, say something. If you have a concern of an immediate threat, please call CPCC College Security Services at 704.330.6911.

If you know of behavior that is concerning or disruptive to the college community, please use the online form at this site to report a concern for referral to the Care Team, which is a cross-unit group whose members consist of college staff from Student Services, College Security Services, Counseling, Human Resources and the Learning Unit.

Here are multiple ways to contact College Security if you have additional concerns:

Contact College Security Services:

  • Emergency
    704.330.6911
  • Non-Emergency
    704.330.6632
  • Text-2-Tip
    67283
    Start your message with “CPCCTIP”
  • Recorded Message Line
    704.330.6888

Update from College Security Services

CPCC has a new, three-year contract with Allied Universal Police Services, which will security officer in blue uniformprovide police coverage at all suburban campuses seven days a week. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will provide security services at Central Campus Monday through Thursday (from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.). You will likely see more CMPD and MCSO vehicles on Central Campus as the officers are out on patrol. Allied Universal police officers will provide additional coverage for Central Campus on the days when CMPD/MCSO officers are on duty, if needed, and will provide primary service during the overnight hours, Fridays, weekends and holidays. 

The college has also started hiring its own in-house Security Officers. Currently, there are five uniformed Security Officers (see above photo for example of uniform) and they will primarily serve at the Central Campus. 

For questions regarding the new security changes, contact Executive Director of College Security Services & Emergency Management Charles Wright at 704.330.6279.

Most importantly, CPCC relies on its students and employees to be the eyes and ears of the college, so if you see something, say something. If you have a concern of an immediate threat, please call CPCC College Security Services at 704.330.6911.

If you know of behavior that is concerning or disruptive to the college community, please use the online form at this site to report a concern for referral to the Care Team, which is a cross-unit group whose members consist of college staff from Student Services, College Security Services, Counseling, Human Resources and the Learning Unit.

Here are multiple ways to contact College Security if you have additional concerns:

Contact College Security Services:

·         Emergency, 704.330.6911

·         Non-Emergency, 704.330.6632

·         Text-2-Tip, 67283, Start your message with “CPCCTIP”

·         Recorded Message Line, 704.330.6888

Allied Barton Has Merged With Universal Services of America

CPCC’s contracted security partner, AlliedBarton, has merged with Universal Services of America. The company will be named Allied Universal Security Services.

Over the coming months the college will see some minor changes due to this merger. The first will be a change in uniforms to a new Allied Universal design. CPCC anticipates no disruption in service during the merger process.

If you have any questions, please contact Charles Wright, executive director of College Security Services, at Charles.Wright@cpcc.edu.

 

 

CPCC to Operate on a Summer Schedule

CPCC will operate on a four-day week again this summer. From Monday, May 11 through Sunday, July 19, the college’s hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. CPCC will be closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of the following facilities:

  • Overcash Building on Central Campus will be open for scheduled classes and performances only.
  • Belk Building will be open for scheduled classes only.
  • Culinary Arts Center will be open for scheduled classes and events only.
  • Pease Auditorium will be open for performances and events only.
  • The scene shop in the Center for Arts Technology Building on Central Campus will be open for the summer theatre build only.
  • Harper Campus will be open for scheduled classes only.
  • Hendrick Center on Levine Campus will be open for scheduled classes only.
  • Harris Conference Center will open for scheduled events only.
  • WTVI PBS Charlotte
  • City View Center for Cosmetology, including the Salon Clinic which will remain open for salon services

Should you have any questions or concerns when the college is closed, please contact College Security at 704.330.6632.

Active Shooter Preparedness: College Security and CPCC Emergency Management

Run Hide FightCampus safety is the top priority of CPCC’s College Security team and the college’s Emergency Risk Management. Our thoughts are with our North Carolina Community College System colleagues and students at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro following a fatal shooting on that campus on April 13.

We want to take this opportunity to remind employees and students about the information available on CPCC’s website about what to do in an emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire and more. Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom of the page for the full list of essential instructions.

If there’s an active shooter on or near a CPCC campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please take a moment today to learn about “Run. Hide. Fight.®” and watch the powerful video at the bottom of the page about what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are.

For more information about emergency preparedness at CPCC, please visit: www.cpcc.edu/enterprise-risk-management/business-continuity/emergency-management.

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.

Emergency Evacuation Point Signs

Fire Evacuation Point

Fire Evacuation Point

During the past couple of months CPCC Security and the Environmental Health and Safety Department have been working together to implement an Emergency Evacuation Point sign. The purpose of the emergency evacuation signsare to indicate a designated location for building occupants to go in the event a facility needs to be evacuated. The signs have been strategically placed on each campus to give building occupants a safe place to go in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires the building to be evacuated. During programmed fire drills building occupants will have the opportunity to learn their appropriate evacuation point area.

Please contact Senior Safety Technician Brian Davenport at ext. 6591 with any questions.

Thank You

Mary Kirby, an information systems analyst for CPCC, would like to thank the three students who assisted her after a fall on Central Campus. The kind students stayed by her side until CPCC security and Medic were able to arrive. She would like to extend her sincere gratitude to these unknown students for their assistance and genuine concern.

Mark Your Calendars for “Fall into Safety” Day Oct. 29

Mark your calendars! The CPCC Security Department will host a “Fall into Safety” Day on Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon to help the campus community “fall” into good safety habits as autumn “falls” upon us!
A number of external agencies will be on hand to provide faculty, staff and students with information to help them stay safe and healthy. The various agencies will focus on the following information:
  • Holiday Safety Awareness (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
  • Personal Safety Out at Night
  • Alcohol and the Holidays
  • Flu Season
  • Batteries and Household Alarms
  • Household Heating Systems and Portable Heaters
  • Cold Weather Car Maintenance
  • Emergency Preparedness – Home and Car
“Fall into Safety” Day is just one of the many measures that CPCC Security is utilizing to enhance college safety as it strives to keep every campus and facility a safe and secure place to learn.
If you have any questions or additional ideas about the event, please call ext. 3627.