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Safety and Security

Campus Police and Public Safety provides 24-hour-a-day patrol protection for college buildings, grounds, and parking lots. It responds to crime reports, fires, medical emergencies, traffic accidents, and other incidents requiring police or security assistance. The office is located on main campus in Building 8.

Students, faculty, and staff can report emergencies to Campus Police and Public Safety by dialing extension 5555 from any on-campus phone or calling the Durham City Police by dialing 9-911. To report security or safety hazards or other non-emergency situations, call Campus Police and Public Safety at 919-536-7255, extension 5555.

Anyone who must walk alone on campus at night is encouraged to take advantage of a Campus Police and Public Safety escort by dialing extension 5500 from a campus phone. A member of the Campus Police and Public Safety staff will accompany the caller to any campus building or parking lot.

Identification Card

As one means of insuring a safer campus for everyone, all students are expected to carry identification when on campus or at a college-sponsored event. Students must be prepared to show an identification card when requested by Durham Tech faculty or staff. The identification card may be a Durham Technical Community College ID card or other official ID, such as license, state ID, passport, or military ID. Students wishing to utilize campus services or facilities, such as the libraries or computer labs, must have a valid Durham Tech ID card or Campus Access card.

Students newly admitted to the college may obtain a Durham Tech ID card during their first semester or at the start of their program. To obtain a photo college ID card, a student must be registered for courses and must have paid tuition. An official photo ID, such as license, state ID, passport, or military ID, is required to obtain a photo college ID card. They are available no earlier than one week prior to the start of classes.

Any registered student who does not have an official photo ID may obtain a Campus Access card. The Campus Access card will not have a photograph. Do not discard your college ID card. (Replacement fees are charged as detailed below.) You will use your college ID card throughout your career at Durham Tech.

Returning students must validate their college ID card each semester. To obtain a validation sticker, students must be registered for courses and must have paid tuition. Students must present their college ID card for validation.

Continuing students who have lost their Durham Tech ID card should go to the Campus Police and Public Safety office for a replacement. A $10.00 fee is charged for replacing lost or missing cards. An official photo ID is required to be issued a replacement photo college ID card.

Students with a damaged Durham Tech ID card should carry the card to the Campus Police and Public Safety office. A replacement fee is not charged unless there is evidence of abuse. A fee of $10 is charged for replacing a card damaged due to abuse.

Students who need to replace their Durham Tech ID card because of a name change should carry the card to the Campus Police and Public Safety office. No replacement fee is charged if proof of the name change is provided.


GoPass is a free student bus pass that allows eligible Durham Tech students to ride city and regional buses via Triangle Transit to get to and from the college. The GoPass works on the following regional transit systems: DATA, TTA, CAT, and OPT. Read more about eligibility requirements and how to use them on the GoPass web page.

Campus Safety Tips

  • Park in well-lighted areas and lock your car, even in the daytime. Keep packages and personal belongings out of sight.
  • Do not walk or jog alone, especially after dark. Call Campus Police and Public Safety officers for an escort.
  • Be aware of people and activities around you, and report suspicious behavior to Campus Police and Public Safety.
  • Stay alert! Avoid talking on your cell or using electronic devices when walking.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
  • Have your car key in hand before you reach the door.
  • Be careful if anyone in a car asks you for directions – if you answer, keep your distance from the car.
  • If you feel threatened, don't be afraid to make a "scene." Public embarrassment is the least concern when you are in a dangerous situation.

First Aid

Campus Police and Public Safety personnel can provide first aid for minor injuries. They are also trained as first responders in medical emergencies. For medical assistance, call extension 5555 or 9-911 (Durham City Police).

Lost and Found

Any lost and found items should be turned in to the Campus Police and Public Safety office. Persons looking for lost items should check in the Campus Police and Public Safety office.

Your Guide to Safety on Campus: 2014-2015 Compliance Information

"Your Guide to Safety on Campus" provides information about safety and security on Durham Tech campuses.

Durham Tech's Mission and Purpose
Keeping the College Safe and Secure
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act
Overview of Durham Tech Campus Police and Public Safety
Enforcement Security
Campus Security Authorities
Incident Reporting and Response
Sexual Harrassment Policy and Procedure
Confidential Reporting Procedures
Timely Warning or Crime Alerts
Daily Crime Log
Access to Campus Facilities
Maintenance of Campus Facilities
Fire Evacuation Procedures
Drug and Alcohol Policy
North Carolina Law Regarding Alcohol
Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Law on Weapons
Sexual Assault Policy and Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault
North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry
Crime Victim Rights
Crime Prevention Programs
Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Tips
Off-Campus Crime
Explanation of Crime Statistics and terms
Durham Tech Crime Statistics by Offense Type and Campus

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