Public Safety

Providing excellent campus safety is critical to the well being of our community, and Guilford provides comprehensive safety resources for students, faculty and staff. The Guilford College Office of Public Safety works cooperatively with the Guilford community to preserve peace, reduce crime and provide a safe environment. In support of our culture of personal responsibility, on campus and off, students are encouraged to learn about and make use of these resources to help us maintain and build an increasingly safe College community.

Seven Tips for Campus Safety

  1. Know your surroundings and trust your instincts.
  2. Keep phone numbers of Public Safety in your cell phone for emergencies (336.316.2909)
  3. Lock your door. Don’t loan your key to friends.
  4. Do not accept drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from others. Remember that alcohol is the number–one acquaintance-rape drug.
  5. When you go out, let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
  6. Do not prop open doors.
  7. Use caution when posting information on social networking sites.

Source: Security on Campus, Inc.

Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies

Reporting crimes is tremendously important to keeping our community safe. Community members are urged to report all crimes to Public Safety by visiting the Public Safety office or calling 336.316.2909 or extension 2909 from a campus phone. Community vigilance against crimes on campus ensures a safer environment for all of us — crime prevention can be more easily achieved when the entire community works together.

Safety Information

Authority and Jurisdiction

Guilford’s Public Safety staff is here to ensure campus security and safety. They have the authority to ask people for identification and to determine if they have legitimate business on campus. They have the authority to issue parking tickets. Public Safety does not have the power to arrest; criminal incidents are referred to the Greensboro Police Department, which patrols campus daily.


The Office of Public Safety provides the following services to the members of the Guilford College community:

  • 24-hour patrolling of campus areas with primary concern for personal safety of all students, staff, faculty and visitors
  • 24-hour emergency phone with immediate connection to Public Safety officers for medical assistance, fire alert, police assistance and suspicious activity (336.316.2909)
  • Crime prevention programming to assist all community members in heightened awareness of safety issues
  • On-campus escorts upon request
  • Liaison services to all local law enforcement agencies
  • Property registration to minimize theft
  • Monitoring safety conditions and filing safety-related work requests
  • Enforcement of campus vehicle registration and parking and traffic programs
  • Bicycle Registration Program
  • Campus facilities access control
  • Fire, health, safety and risk management responsibilities

Safety and Crime Prevention Programs

Being aware of safety and crime prevention strategies helps our community collaborate to maintain a safe, peaceful environment. Throughout the year the Public Safety office offers useful and relevant programming in Guilford’s residence halls and other venues to maintain a high awareness about safety and crime prevention. All of the awareness and crime prevention programs encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

Bike Registration

To discourage theft and aid in recovery and identification of lost or stolen property, students are required to register your bicycles within seven days of the start of the semester. Bring your bike to Public Safety in the basement of Bauman to complete the registration process. Once registered, you will be given a free bicycle registration sticker; this must be prominently displayed on your bicycle frame. PLEASE NOTE: Bicycles on campus without registration stickers will be confiscated by Public Safety.

Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report

As part of Guilford’s commitment to campus safety and security, and to maintain compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the we provide an Annual Security Report. This document is a resource for information about the College’s offices and services related to safety, and also to address concerns about crime issues. Guilford also collects fire statistics, publishes an Annual Fire Safety Report as part of the Annual Security Report and keeps a fire log. This report is available through the Department of Public Safety.

Sex Offender Registry

While incarceration may remove a sex offender from the streets, it does nothing to prevent the offender from committing another crime when released.

In accordance to the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which amends the Jeanne Clery Act, Campus Security is providing a link to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry. Follow this link to access the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry.

In the State of North Carolina convicted sex offenders must register with the Criminal Information and Identification Section of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. Megan’s Law allows the public to access the registry. It also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the community.

Sexual Assault Policies and Programs

Our commitment to maintaining a violence-free community is tremendous, thus we will not tolerate instances of sexual assault as defined by the state of North Carolina and/or federal law. Guilford encourages all students, faculty and staff to become familiar with the guidelines for reporting allegations of sexual assault, the consequences of sexual assault and the resources available to community members.

Guilford College recognizes the importance of assisting students who are victims of sexual assault in regaining a sense of their personal dignity and control of their lives, and by providing guidance relative to future decisions. Sexual offenses, and concern about potential offenses, obstruct the working and learning conditions we value and desire at Guilford. The psychological damage created by a sexual assault continues long after the physical trauma has ended. The Guilford Counseling Center is staffed with experts who can help students who have experienced trauma (336.316.2163). The 24-hour Rape Crisis service (336.273.7273) can also provide help.

Excessive use of alcohol and other drugs often precedes many incidents involving a sexual assault. Use of these substances may interfere with one’s capacity to either consent to or refuse sexual activity. Use of these substances may also interfere with an individual’s judgment regarding sexual aggression. The use of alcohol or other drugs, however, does not diminish personal responsibility for behavior that is socially unacceptable or aggressive.

Awareness-raising programs regarding sexual assault prevention, survival and recovery are scheduled throughout the year by the Guilford Counseling Center.

Security and Access to Facilities

Campus security is a priority, and our facilities are intended for the use of Guilford students, faculty and staff. Therefore, access to campus facilities is generally restricted to members of the Guilford community. There are a few rules in place to prevent unauthorized access to our buildings and property. Exterior doors to residence halls are locked 24/7. Only students with Quakercards, people with student escorts, and those with legitimate business inside residence halls are allowed entry. All others are considered intruders, and residents are asked to contact Campus Security immediately if you notice an intruder. Duplicating keys and propping outside doors open are violations of our security policy.

Access to academic and administrative facilities varies; in general only those with legitimate business are allowed entry.

Emergency Operations Plan

In the event of a natural, technological or human-related disaster, Guilford has special procedures in place to address the needs of mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery management, called the all-hazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). This plan establishes policies, procedures and guidelines allowing Guilford to save lives, minimize injuries, protect property, preserve a functioning administration, and maintain essential activities. Guidelines are in place to conduct effective and coordinated emergency operations on campus and beyond.

Frequent drills are conducted throughout the year to ensure emergency preparedness on campus. In an emergency, Guilford will attempt to communicate with the community through numerous methods, including public postings, information hotlines and an Emergency Alert System integrating telephone, text messaging and email.

For more information about the Emergency Operations Plan, call 336.316.2907.