Public Safety

Catawba College, Salisbury, and Rowan County are vibrant, charming, and safe places to live united by a strong sense of community. Our Office of Public Safety works in collaboration with our many campus and community partners to ensure Catawba College remains a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to learn, live, and work.

Our department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but our services go beyond patrolling and responding to emergencies. We’ll escort you back to your residence hall after a late dinner or study session, train you in emergency self-defense, along with other services.

See something? Say something!

See something? Say something!

Report suspicious activity, behaviors of concern, or incidents on or near campus using CatWatch.

To report threatening situations or behavior:

  • Call Public Safety at 704.637.4000 or dial 911
  • Report an incident or a concern using CatWatch (
  • Make a report in person by contacting any administrative office on campus for assistance



Dial 911 if you have an emergency needing an ambulance, fire department, or off-campus police department.

  • Catawba College Public Safety: 704.637.4000
  • Email:
  • Location: Jann House (126 Summit Ave)

Catawba Connect by SafeZone

Catawba Connect by SafeZone

A free app to help keep you safe.

In the event of an emergency, the Catawba Connect feature in the SafeZone app allows you to quickly share your location and details with the local response team who will be able to get the right assistance to you.

Features include:

  • Check-in and Check-in Timer feature which allows you to share your live location with security responders if working alone or feeling vulnerable.
  • Automatic alert sent on your behalf if you fail to extend or cancel the check-in timer. This is ideal if you are in areas of increased risk and want additional peace of mind.
  • Reporting non-urgent concerns straight to Public Safety, as well as notifying you in the event of an emergency on site.

Parking Information

Catawba provides designated parking areas for students, College employees, and visitors. All parking spaces on campus other than visitor spaces require a permit. You must register and obtain a parking permit with Public Safety for each vehicle you will park on campus.

Safety on Campus

The safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is of primary concern to Catawba College. Our Public Safety officers are always on the job. Public safety officers conduct regular foot, golf cart, and car patrols of all campus buildings, grounds, and parking areas. Residence halls are patrolled and monitored around the clock.

Learn More:

National Association of Campus Safety Administrators
Catawba College Public Safety is accredited by the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators
Contact Us

Office of Public Safety

Jann House
126 Summit Ave