ABOUT CAMPUS SAFETY
The Wingate University Department of Campus Safety is committed to providing a safe educational and work environment for our family of students, faculty and staff.
We are available day and night to assist you with any campus safety concerns:
- Campus Safety: 704-233-8999
- Wingate Police (non-emergency): 704-233-5657
- Police (emergency): 911
We also offer access to a broad range of campus safety resources:
- Campus Safety and Fire Safety Annual Report - Main campus
- Title IX Coordinator
For more information about campus safety, please view the Wingate University Annual Security Report, which is available as a downloadable PDF.
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
- 24 – Hour Campus Safety Number – 704-233-8999
- Title IX Coordinator – 704-233-8247
- After Hours Residence Life Assistance – 704-233-8999
- Emergency Phone Numbers – 911 from a campus phone
Blue-light help phones throughout campus provide a direct link to an emergency dispatcher.
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
The Wingate University family is comprised of nearly 3,000 students, faculty and academic support staff. Ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone is a responsibility shared by the Office of Campus Safety, Office of Residence Life and the Town of Wingate.
But remember, the most effective component of a safety program is you!
We want you to follow these nine tips to stay safe:
- Stay alert to your surroundings. Keep an eye out for suspicious people.
- Walk with purpose and don’t make lingering eye contact with strangers.
- Trust your gut. If you feel like your safety is threatened, act quickly.
- Travel with a group of friends after dark.
- Never let a stranger into your residence hall.
- Take extra caution when walking or running at night.
- Don’t wear headphones while running or walking outside. If you must listen to music while you work out, head to the gym!
- Do not share residence hall or building access codes.
- Report any behavior you feel may be suspicious.
- Parking permits are required on all Wingate University parking lots.
- Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Vehicle operators must comply with federal, state, local and University parking regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Vehicle operators must obtain a parking permit from Campus Safety at the beginning of the academic year.
- Permits must be clearly visible and placed on the back left corner of the vehicle’s rear window. Vehicles must be parked in the lot that corresponds with the permit. Permits must correspond to the current term to be valid. If damaged or lost, visit the Department of Campus Safety to request another permit
- Violations of the following University parking regulations may result in a citation, fine, loss of campus parking privileges, or vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.
- Parking at the University without a current permit displayed – $25
- Parking in a Fire Lane/Tow Away Zone – $5
- Parking in a Handicap space without proper handicap tag or placard – $50
- Parked in a Reserved/Restricted Area – $25
- Blocked and/or Straddling, End of Aisle – $50
- Parked in an Improper Area for Permit – $25
- Blocking Traffic/Crosswalk/Access – $50
- Parking on grass/landscape/sidewalks on University Property – $25
- Parking at Yellow Curb – $25
- Improper display of Permit – $25
- Anyone with more than four (4) parking violations during the school year will be considered persistent offenders and are subject to being towed if found parked illegally on campus.
Town of Wingate Parking Violations
- Most parking violations in the Town of Wingate are associated with a fine. Failure to pay may result in criminal or civil sanctions. Questions regarding the procedure for appealing a ticket issued by the Wingate Police Department should be directed to the Chief of Police.
- All tows are done at the owner’s expense. Violations that may warrant towing include the following:
- Parking in Marked Handicapped Space
- Blocking Traffic/Crosswalk/Access
- Tow Away Zones/Fire Lanes
- Parking on Grass or Landscape
- Abandoned Vehicles
- Restricted Parking
Student Parking Appeals
- Tickets should be paid at the Wingate University Business Office.
- Appeals should be sent via WUSync on the Parking Appeals Form within 48 hours of receiving the ticket and are considered on a monthly basis. All final decisions will be communicated in writing via WUSync to the student’s email.
Employee Parking Appeals
If the employee followed the parking rules and the employee believes the citation was issued in error, the employee has the option to submit a written appeal to the Employee Appeals Committee within 48 hours of the date the citation was issued.
Grounds for an employee’s appeal
Employee Appeals may be granted for two reasons:
- There is substantial evidence that you did not commit the violation.
- You may have committed the violation, but circumstances were not under your control, and:
- before receiving the citation, you made a demonstrable attempt to notify Campus Safety of the situation, or;
- you can produce written verification from a witness to the situation indicating that the situation was so unusual that it cannot reasonably occur again.
- Other: If your appeal rationale does not fit into one of the above categories, please submit your appeal with rationale to the Employee Appeals Committee.
- Not knowing the parking rules
- Disagreement with fines
- Inability to pay fines
- Needing to park for a short period of time
- Inability to find a parking space
- Incorrect permit
- Failure to obtain a temporary permit
- Failure to notice parking signs
- Failure to display a parking permit
Submitting an employee’s appeal
Please submit employee parking appeals to the Employee Appeals Committee by completing the Employee Parking Appeals Form at https://goo.gl/forms/CJ8Wm2uKrsfoDUn02 within 48 hours of the date the citation was issued.
For additional information regarding the employee parking appeal process, please email the Employee Appeals Committee at: email@example.com
Information required to submit an employee’s appeal
To submit an employee’s appeal, you must provide the following in writing:
- Full name and mailing address
- University ID number
- Reason(s) for appeal
- Citation number and date issued
- License plate number and state the vehicle is registered in
Employee Appeals Committee
The Appeals Committee reviews all appeals every 30 days.
The Appeals Committee is comprised of a diverse spectrum of campus employees
The Parking Enforcement Team is not on the Appeals Committee.
All Appeals Committee decisions are final.
- Faculty/Staff (Yellow F/S) Permit
- Commuter Student (Green C) Permit
- Residential (Orange R) Permit
- Levine College of Health Sciences (Blue L) Permit
- Visitor Permits (Neon Yellow hang tags)
Overnight/Short Term Parking
- Anyone who is going to leave their vehicle overnight or for any length of time must notify the Department of Campus Safety why they are leaving the vehicle and for how long. Any vehicles that are left on campus must have a current parking permit, or it can be subject to immediate tow.
Storage of Vehicles
- University parking facilities may not be used for long term storage.
Use of Multiple Vehicles
- All vehicles parked on University property must have a valid parking permit on display. Multiple cars will require each vehicle to be registered with the Department of Campus Safety, but only one vehicle at the time is permitted on campus.
Lot Maintenance/Special Event Parking/Inclement Weather
- The University reserves the right to close and/or restrict parking areas for maintenance or snow removal.
Damage to Your Vehicle
- Wingate University is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to any vehicle, or its contents, while parked on a University lot.
Emergency Parking Situations
- In the event of vehicular breakdowns, call the Department of Campus Safety at 704-233-8999 and report the vehicle.
Public Safety Services
- Non-Emergency: If you need to contact the Department of Campus Safety, you can call 704-233-8999 from off campus or x8999 on a campus phone.
- Emergency: Call 911.
Do not know where to park? Call 704-233-8999 and speak to the Department of Campus Safety.
ABOUT WINGATE'S CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM
It is the responsibility of the Wingate University Crisis Management Team to plan and prepare for potential emergencies, disasters or a crisis. We work together to ensure the safety of the Wingate University family.
The crisis management team is comprised of university leaders and key campus directors. Its goal: To quickly assess and respond to emergencies.
Wingate University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment. The specifics of our crisis management processes are outlined in our 2016-2017 Crisis Management Response Plan (PDF).
COMMITTED TO SAFETY
The mission of Wingate University’s Crisis Management team is clear, and the process for identifying and managing crises is as follows:
- Assess the situation and gather facts.
- Develop a response strategy.
- Analyze available resources and prioritize response actions.
- Contact and maintain relationships with key local resources.
- Communicate information to students, employees and families.
- Review progress of crisis response.
We also want to share additional PDF files that address specific safety concerns. Please take the time to become familiar with them.
Fire Safety Plan (PDF)
PLAY YOUR PART
Don’t forget that students are also important members of our crisis management team.
If you are aware of a crisis, impending emergency, or you notice something suspicious, notify Campus Safety or call 911 immediately.
While we never lose focus of this mission, there is always a possibility that an emergency could occur. With this in mind, the Wingate University Office of Campus Safety continually maintains fire emergency and evacuation responses. All of our residence life personnel are trained in these procedures. Resident assistants and directors have clear, thorough instructions on management and evacuation procedures to ensure everyone’s safety. If you have any questions about the Wingate University fire safety and evacuation processes, we invite you to read our annual reports:
- 2017 Wingate Campus Safety and Fire Safety Annual Report (PDF)
- 2017 Ballantyne Campus Safety and Fire Safety Annual Report (PDF)
- 2017 Hendersonville Campus Safety and Fire Safety Annual Report (PDF)
- 2016-2017 Crisis Management Response Plan (PDF)
Together, we can all make our campus a safe place to learn and live.