For Emergencies – Call 9-1-1 Immediately

East Carolina students face many stressors during their college tenure.  Additionally, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus may also be experiencing stressors in their lives that ultimately impact their behavior negatively while in the workplace or while part of our campus community. Frequently, fellow colleagues and peers – students, faculty and staff – are in a good position to identify individuals on campus who, as a result of these stressors, are having difficulty coping.

As such, ECU CARES was developed to offer assistance to distressed individuals, connecting them to appropriate campus resources, and reporting concerning behavior to professionals on campus.  This can be a critical first step in helping the individual(s) improve and ensuring a safer campus for everyone.

Below, you can view our on- and off-campus resources, how they are here for you, and how to utilize them.

Behaviors of Concern

Some individuals will exhibit behaviors that interfere with their academic, career or personal success, but are not likely to indicate a risk to life and safety. Examples of behaviors of concern might include:

  • Frequent class absences
  • Difficulty adjusting to college life
  • Significant time management / procrastination issues
  • Falling asleep in class
  • Changes in appearance or personal hygiene
  • Uncooperative

Moderate-Risk Behaviors

Moderate-Risk behaviors are not usually life-threatening, but may be a sign that an individual’s coping skills are being challenged. Examples of moderate-risk behaviors include:

  • Withdrawal from friends or daily activities
  • Irritability with others or acting out in anger
  • Increased isolation from friends or co-workers
  • Erratic behavior
  • Disruptive classroom or workplace behavior
  • Indirect threats to self or others
  • Comments about weapons
  • Serious emotional distress
  • Expressing hopelessness or helplessness
  • Disturbing content in academic work
  • Indications of alcohol or drug use interfering with academic or social performance

High-Risk Behaviors

These behaviors may indicate an imminent safety risk to the individual or the community and require assistance from campus and community responders:

  • Expressed intent to harm self or others
  • Intense or uncontrollable anger
  • Brandishing a weapon
  • Drug or alcohol overdose
  • Fighting or assaultive behavior
  • Overt threats to kill
  • Suicide attempt or threat
  • Bizarre delusions or hallucinations


Disruptive Academic Behavior

For faculty who are dealing with a student exhibiting disruptive classroom behavior, the following information and resources in addition to ECU Cares may prove immensely helpful in addressing the behavior:


ECU On-Campus Resources

Center for Counseling and Student Development

The Center for Counseling & Student Development is a convenient on-campus resource for helping students deal with a wide range of problems. The center offers counseling for individuals, couples, partners, and groups to suit what will work best for you. They also offer services like substance abuse counseling, psychiatric medication consults, referrals, workshops, and crisis services. Appointments are required for non-emergency visits, but crisis or emergency visits are usually seen immediately without an appointment. All services are free to ECU students.

How do I contact this resource?

Location: Umstead Hall, Room 137
Regular hours: 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday
Emergency and Crisis Services hours: 11 AM-4 PM, Monday through Friday
Phone number: 252-328-6661
After hours emergency: Contact On-Call Counselor by calling 252-328-6661 and pressing 2 for after hours services

Office of the Dean of Students

The Dean of Students staff serves as a liaison between students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators to assist with individual or group crisis, navigate campus procedures, and serve as an advocate for students when needed. The office is the primary resource for individuals who need assistance identifying the appropriate resources available. In an effort to meet the individual needs of our students, the Department for Disability Support Services, and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities join with the Dean of Students to make available comprehensive student services and thematic programming that emphasizes personal, emotional and academic development. These departments work in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Students by responding pro-actively to crisis, safety, wellness and access matters. Collectively, we are committed to helping every member of our community succeed.

How do I contact this resource?

Location: 125 Umstead Hall
Phone number: 252-328-9297

ECU Police

The mission of the East Carolina University Police Department is to partner with students, faculty, staff, as well as, visitors to provide and maintain a safe learning environment while enhancing the quality of life at East Carolina University and the surrounding community. The East Carolina University Police Department will support the educational mission of the university by promoting safety, providing services, and working in collaboration with the university community. Its statutory arrest jurisdiction includes all University property as well as streets and sidewalks adjacent to the property. In addition, it participates in a mutual aid agreement with other local departments, including the City of Greenville, which gives University Officers jurisdiction in much of the city-area surrounding the University. The ECU Police Department offers services like emergency blue-light phones, a ride-along program, lost and found, a crisis intervention team, and various education programs.

How do I contact this resource?

Location: Blount House, 609 East Tenth Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone number (non-emergency): 252-328-6787
Report a Crime- can be reported anonymously

Or download the Live Safe app to share information anonymously

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) staff fosters student growth by promoting students’ awareness and understanding of their rights and responsibilities as community members, addressing student conduct and creating developmental learning opportunities, and engaging students in ethical decision-making. OSRR administers the East Carolina University Student Code of Conduct, which governs students’ on- and off-campus conduct. Office staff is also engaged in campus education on various issues, such as academic integrity, citizenship development, and conflict resolution. OSRR staff is available to advise all campus community members on their rights under the Student Code of Conduct and the ECU conduct process as well as to clarify University policies pertaining to student conduct.
ECU’s Good Samaritan Regulation
ECU’s Good Samaritan Regulation is a tool designed to provide support for those needing medical assistance in an alcohol related emergency that promotes/encourages Pirates to engage in responsible action, bystander intervention. It also removes fear of negative consequences by waiving the first alcohol offense through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) and instead of disciplinary action, OSRR will use a more educational approach.

How do I contact this resource?

Location: 364 Wright Building
Phone number: 252-328-6824
Non-Academic Incident Reporting Form

ECU Advocacy

    ECU Advocacy is housed in the Office of the Dean of Students and provides assistance to any member of the ECU Community who has been the victim or witness to a crime or other traumatic event. The ECU Advocacy provides support and guidance in the following ways:

  • An opportunity to talk about what happened
  • Referrals to campus, community and state resources
  • Provide information to help with deciding on a course of action
  • Planning for your future safety and that of your friends through workshops and presentations

How do I contact this resource?

Location: Umstead Hall, Room 120
Daytime phone number: 252-328-9297
After hours phone number: Connect with Center for Counseling and Student Development at 252-328-6661 and press 2 for after hours services

Student Health Services

East Carolina University Student Health Services (SHS) is a primary health care facility located conveniently on central campus, comprised of dedicated professionals providing easily accessible and affordable health care to enrolled students. Our facility specializes in the overall health and well being of each patient in our campus community by offering a comprehensive list of services.

How do I contact this resource?

Location: on Main Campus between the Flanagan building and Joyner East
Hours of Operation
Office phone number: 252-328-6841
Free 24 Hour Nurse Line: 252-328-6841
General health questions:

Title IX/Office of Equity and Diversity

Title IX, formally known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, mandates that no person shall be excluded from participation in or discriminated against on the basis of sex in programs or activities at educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Acts of sexual violence, harassment and/or misconduct are forms of sex discrimination. The U.S. Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights to enforce Title IX and ensure that institutions comply with Title IX.

How do I contact this resource?

Title IX Coordinator: Ms. LaKesha Alston
Location: Office for Equality and Diversity, Old Cafeteria Complex, Suite G 406
Phone number: 252-328-6804
File a complaint – online or in person


Local Off-Campus Resources

ECU Health Medical Center

Greenville Police Department

Pitt County Sheriff’s Office



ECU Campus Safety Statistics

Learn about East Carolina University’s Campus Safety statistics and initiatives
Click here to read the ECU Annual Security Report


Bystander Intervention and Educational Resources

Bystander Intervention – a philosophy and strategy for prevention of various types of violence, including, but not limited to, bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. The Bystander Effect is defined as a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. (Ex. the more people(bystanders) that see an incident happening, the higher the chance that they will think someone else will step in and help, but not them).

Schedule a Bystander Intervention Program – ECU Campus Wellness has trained facilitators if you would like a Bystander Intervention program for your group or class. Click here to fill out the customize request form.

STEP UP Bystander Intervention Program

Bystander Intervention Tips and Info

  • Approach everyone as a friend
  • Do not be antagonistic
  • Avoid using violence when possible
  • Be honest and Direct
  • Recruit help if necessary
  • Keep yourself safe
  • If things are getting out of hand, call the Police

East Carolina University has developed a program called “Stand. Speak. Act.” to help empower students on campus to become active bystanders and protect their fellow Pirates.

  • Stand: Stand up for what is right. Take a stand against bullying. Stand up to perpetrators. Stand up for your fellow Pirates.
  • Speak: Speak out against violence. Speak up on behalf of fellow Pirates. Be honest and direct when you speak in a situation.
  • Act: Call the police or 9-1-1. Avoid using violence whenever possible. Recruit help if necessary.

Green Dot Program