Questions and answers for students from JCSU Campus Police

The City of Charlotte has been impacted by demonstrations as citizens exercise their Constitutional right to express their frustration at the killing of a black man by Charlotte police on September 20, 2016. Most of the demonstrators have engaged in peaceful protests and prayer vigils; however, some citizens have perpetrated violent acts against law enforcement, peaceful demonstrators and property. JCSU encourages our students to exercise their right to protest peacefully. We also urge students to demonstrate wisdom in choosing the method and location of their protests. In light of the current situation, the University is working diligently to ensure the safety and security of the campus environment. 

What is JCSU doing to keep the campus safe?

JCSU officials are monitoring the situation closely as well as:

  1. Restricting access to the campus
  2. Increasing law enforcement presence on campus
  3. Monitoring visitors to and activities in the residence halls
  4. Remaining in close contact and collaboration with outside law enforcement agencies and elected officials 

Will the campus receive emergency services if needed?

In addition to the services of JCSU Campus Police, the University will continue to be served by outside law enforcement agencies, Charlotte Fire Department and Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency (Medic).

Are counseling services available?

Students may receive counseling at the JCSU Counseling Center on campus.

Am I expected to comply with a curfew?

Yes, you are expected to comply with any curfew imposed by officials. Otherwise, you may be arrested. You should also comply with the directives of law enforcement agencies and the National Guard.

Are there ramifications to my status as a student at JCSU if I am arrested during a protest?

If you are arrested, you may be subject to the JCSU judicial process as outlined in the Student Handbook in addition to going through the process of the North Carolina Court System.

What is a State of Emergency?

A government or division of government (i.e. on a municipal, provincial/state level) may declare that their area is in a state of emergency. This means that the government can suspend and/or change some functions of the executive, the legislative and/or the judiciary during this period of time. It alerts citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans. A government can declare a state of emergency during a time of natural or human-made disaster, during a period of civil unrest, or following a declaration of war or situation of international/internal armed conflict.

Does a State of Emergency declaration direct students to take any particular action?

No. Typically, the North Carolina State Police, National Guard may be called in to assist local governments.

Does a State of Emergency mean you aren’t allowed to go anywhere or do anything until it is lifted?

The governor’s declaration does not normally restrict student movements or activities. The state may limit access to affected areas due to concerns for public safety, but will notify the public of these restrictions. If it is necessary to impose vehicular or personal movement restrictions, the Office of Emergency Management will alert the public using all available means, including, but not limited to: the Emergency Alert System, press releases, and DOT highway signs. Every effort will be made by OEM to facilitate safe passage for utility, health care and emergency services workers whose presence is necessary for public safety or in response to the Emergency.

How long does a State of Emergency remain in effect?

The governor will rescind the state of emergency when it is no longer needed to provide necessary support to localities or until the threat of impending danger from the event has passed.

Does a State of Emergency mean we will have a curfew?

Not necessarily. Officials may or may not impose curfew. You will be required to abide by any curfew set in place by officials. If you chose to disregard any curfew, you may be subject to arrest. We expect JCSU students to abide by any and all curfew laws.

If you have questions or see any suspicious activity, please contact the Johnson C. Smith University Campus Police Department: 704.378.1003 or 704.378.1004.