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Campus Evacuation Procedures

Notifications will be sent to the public via emergency personnel and the Contact Now Emergency Notification System.  

Section 1
Individual residential hall buildings (practice, routine and temporary evacuations)

Upon notification – either by police, residence hall staff, fire alarm or Contact Now telephone notification – students are to immediately evacuate the building and report to the evacuation safety zones listed below

  • No students are to be in paved lots or on any roads 
    • Have hall staff inventory residents and let the police/fire know who is not accounted for and their room number(s)
  • No person shall return to the building until notified to do so by emergency personel

Washington and Cline
Gravel parking lot on north side of police department 

Merner and Rowe
Gravel parking lot on south side of police department 

James Center
Grassy area behind chapel

Ervin – Vaughn - New Hall
Gray Stone gravel lot
Alternative – grassy area in front of Harris Annex

Plyler – Kluft
Grassy area in front of Harris Annex

Grassy area in front of kluft

Section 2
North,South,Entire or Extending Individual Residence Hall Evacuations 

Upon notification – either by police, residence hall staff, fire alarm or Contact Now telephone notification – students are to immediately evacuate the building and report to the evacuation safety zones listed below.

  • No students are to be in paved lots or on any roads
    • Have hall staff inventory residents and let the police/fire know who is not accounted for and their room number(s)
  • No person shall return to the any building or campus location until notified to do so by emergency personel

South Campus Evacuation

In the event the entire south campus must be evacuated the evacuation site is Merner Gym. Eextended evacuations are considered to be more than 1 to 2 hours or weather related.

North Campus Evacuation

In the event the entire north campus must be evacuated the evacuation site is the student center

Entire Campus Evacuation

Richfield School - North Stanly Middle School

**Depending upon directional winds and the incident citizens may be directed to travel north and either take Wesley Chapel Road to hwy 49, Reeves Island to Goodman, then back to richfield or direct south on hwy 52 to Richfield. 

Missing Student Notification Procedures

Pfeiffer University takes student safety very seriously. To this end, the following policy and procedure has been established to assist in locating Pfeiffer students living in Pfeiffer on-campus housing who, based on the facts and circumstances known to Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer has determined to be missing.

 At the beginning of each academic year, Pfeiffer will inform students residing in on-campus housing that Pfeiffer officials will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student when the student is determined to be missing.

This information will include the following:

  • Students have the option of identifying an individual to be contacted by Pfeiffer when the student has been determined to be missing. Students can register this confidential contact information through the Office of Student Development.
  • If the student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, Pfeiffer is required to notify
  • a custodial parent or guardian when the student is determined to be missing.
  • Pfeiffer will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when the student is determined to be missing.
  • If law enforcement personnel has been notified and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing and has not returned to campus, Pfeiffer will initiate the emergency contact procedures in accordance with the student's designation. 

Pfeiffer will follow the following notification procedure for a missing student who resides in on-campus housing: 

  • Once Pfeiffer receives a missing student report via the Office of Student Development, Residence Life, Misenheimer Police Department or other source, the following offices will be notified:
    1. Misenheimer Police Department
    2. Office of Student Development
    3. Office of Residence Life
    4. Provost's Office 
  • Any official missing person report relating to this student shall be referred immediately to the Misenheimer Police Department.
  • If Misenheimer Police, after investigating the official report, determines the student has been missing, Pfeiffer will contact the individual identified by the student, the custodial parent or legal guardian if the student is under 18 and not emancipated, or local law enforcement if these do not apply. 

Upon notification from any entity that any student may be missing, Pfeiffer may use any of the following resources to assist in locating the student. These resources may be used in any order and combination.

  • Through Residence Life, the Resident Assistants may be asked to assist in physically locating the student by keying into the student's assigned room and talking with known associates.
  • MPD may search on campus public locations to find the student (library, cafeteria, etc.).
  • MPD may issue an ID picture to assist in identifying the missing student.
  • The Dean of Students may try to contact known friends, family, or faculty members for last sighting or additional contact information.
  • Student Development or academic departments may be contacted to seek information on last sighting or other contact information.
  • MPD may access vehicle registration information for vehicle location and distribution to authorities.
  • The Information Technology Department may be asked to look up email logs for last login and use of Pfeiffer email system.
  • If there is any indication of foul play, the local police department will immediately be contacted for assistance.

Fire Safety

Upon discovering a fire, explosion, or smoke in a building, activate the fire alarm system. Find a red pull station located on a wall and pull down on the lever.  After sounding the alarm, call 911 and the Police Department at (704) 463-3000.  Tell the officer who you are, what you have and where the problem is.

If you are trained to do so, after sounding the alarm you may attempt to contain a small fire by using available fire extinguishers. If the fire is beyond your control, or involves potentially explosive materials, evacuate the building.

When a fire alarm sounds, complete evacuation is required. Close doors and windows as you leave.  Walk, do not run, to the nearest stairway exit and proceed to ground level.  Do not use the elevator.  Leave the building and move away from it.  Leave sidewalks and drives open for arriving fire and police personnel. Notify police or firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.

The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue the evacuation and warn others who may attempt to enter the building after the alarm stops.  Do not return to the building until directed to do so by the Police Department. 

Planning ahead can save your life.  Here are some things that you should know about your apartment or residence hall:

  • Know the layout of your floor.Know the location of pull stations on your floor. Know the location of stair exits.
  • Know the number of doors between your room and the exit stairs. You may need to find the stairs in the dark.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers near your room and on your floor.
  • Know where the alternative exits are in the event one is blocked.

Things to do Before a Fire 

  • Keep a flashlight ready and in a handy place.
  • Report fire hazards to your RA.
  • Keep your hallway clean and free of trash, furniture, etc. Make sure these items are stored properly and collected regularly
  • Be careful not to overload electrical circuits and use approved electrical extension cords. Short circuits are the cause of many fires.
  • Cook with care. Double check the stove to make sure it is turned off before you leave the area. DO NOT LEAVE FOOD UNATTENDED WHILE COOKING.
  • Never smoke in bed(NO SMOKING in Residential Halls), and make sure there are no smoldering butts when you empty ashtrays.
  • Make sure you exit from your room during a fire a designated area.

If There is a Fire

  • Stay calm and don't panic!
  • Check your door before exiting your room.  Feel the doorknob. If it is hot, do not open the door.  Seal the cracks under the door with sheets or towels. If there is smoke in the room, crack the windows at the bottom and at the top, if possible for ventilation.  Call Campus Police at 3000.
  • If the doorknob is not hot, brace yourself against the door and crack it open. If there is heat or heavy smoke, close the door and stay in your room.  Call Campus Police at 3000.
  • Activate the fire alarm and call 911 and Campus Police at 3000.
  • Exit the building and shut all door and windows as you leave.
  • Alert others by knocking on doors.
  • Exit by using the nearest stairwell.  Do not use the elevator and do not run.
  • If your hall is filled with smoke, stay low while exiting.
  • If the fire is small, use the fire extinguisher to put it out.  If you are unsure that you can put it out with the extinguisher, evacuate. 
  • If you can exit, be sure to wear shoes and a coat as appropriate.

General Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Disabilities

  • In all emergencies, after an evacuation has been ordered, the following applies:Check on people with special needs during an evacuation. A "buddy system," where people with disabilities arrange for volunteers (neighbors/classmates) to alert them and assist them in an emergency, is a good method.
  • Always ASK someone with a disability how you can help BEFORE attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  • Evacuate or assist people with disabilities to get to the nearest stairwell if possible.
  • DO NOT use elevators, unless directed to do so by police or fire personnel. If the evacuation has been ordered due to a fire, elevators could fail during a fire. Police or fire personnel will know if the elevators can be used.
  • If the situation is life threatening, call 3000 or 9-911 from any campus telephone.
  • Attempt a rescue evacuation ONLY if you have had rescue training or the person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for professional assistance.

Aiding Persons with Specific Disabilities During Emergencies

Blindness or Visual Impairment

  • Give verbal instructions to advise about safest route or direction using compass directions, estimated distances, and directional landmarks. 
  • DO NOT grasp a visually impaired person's arm. Ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit, especially if there is debris or a crowd.
  • Give other verbal instructions or information (i.e., move to the stairwell, elevators cannot be used, etc.).

Deafness or Hearing Loss

  • Get the attention of a person with a hearing disability by touch and eye contact. Clearly state the problem. Gestures and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.
  • Offer visual instructions to advise of safest route or direction by pointing toward stairwell exits or evacuation maps.

Mobility Impairment

  • It may be necessary to help clear the exit route of debris (if possible) so that the person with a disability can exit to a safer area.
  • If people with mobility impairments cannot exit, they should move to a safer area such as the nearest stairwell. If that is not possible, they should move to an office or other room with the door shut which is a good distance from the hazard.
  • Notify police or fire personnel immediately about any people remaining in the building and their locations.
  • Police or fire personnel will decide whether people are safe where they are, and will evacuate them as necessary. They may determine that it is safe to override the general rule against using elevators.





Annual Fire Statistics and Safety Report

Summary of Fires Residential Halls

















Washington Hall


0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Cline Hall



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Merner Hall



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Rowe Hall


0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


James Center



0 0 - - - - - -


Foote Hall


0 0 - - - - - -


Plyler Hall



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Kluft Hall



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


New Hall



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Ervin Hall



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Vaughn Hall



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0





0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0




Identity Theft

What is identity theft?
The Federal Trade Commission is your national resource for Identity Theft information.  Please visit their website,  for additional information and suggestions. You can also find useful information on the U.S. Department of Education's website.

Identity theft occurs when an unauthorized individual acquires some of your personal information -- your bank and/or credit card numbers, your income, your social security number, or even something as simple as your name, address, and telephone numbers -- and uses it to commit fraud or theft. Specifically, the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 makes it a federal crime when someone "knowingly transfers or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable state or local law."

How can a theif get my information?

Identity thieves may use a variety of methods to secure personal information about another individual, including:

  • stealing wallets and purses containing your identification and credit and bank cards
  • stealing your mail, including your bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, telephone calling cards and tax information
  • completing a "change of address form" to divert your mail to another location
  • rummaging through your trash for personal data in a practice known as "dumpster diving"
  • using personal information you share on the Internet.

How can I manage my ID information?

Manage your personal information cautiously and wisely by taking the following steps:

  • Only carry the identification and cards you need at any given time. Carry only the identification information and the number of credit and debit cards that you'll actually need.
  • Do not make Internet purchases from sites that are unsecured (check for a padlock icon on the site to ensure its safety).
  • Avoid writing a PIN number, social security number (SSN) or pass code on any of your credit cards or on anything you plan to throw out.
  • While making a purchase in person, keep your eye on the cashier - never look away while your card is being processed. Never leave your receipts behind after making a purchase.Destroy all carbons.
  • Be sure someone you trust collects your mail in your absence. If you are leaving town for a week or more, ask the post office to hold your mail until your return. Deposit outgoing mail in post office collection boxes or at your local post office, rather than in an unsecured mailbox. Promptly remove mail from your mailbox. If you're planning to be away from home and can't pick up your mail, call the U.S. Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777 to request a vacation hold.
  • Secure your social security card in a safe place at home; do not carry it in your wallet.
  • Create passwords or codes that are not obvious; avoid using your birth date, your mother's maiden name or your pet's name. Place passwords on your credit card, bank and phone accounts. Avoid using easily available information like your mother's maiden name, your birth date, the last four digits of your SSN or your phone number, or a series of consecutive numbers.
  • Secure personal information in your home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help or are having service work done in your home.
  • Be aware of "shoulder surfers." Shield your numbers when using an ATM or making a purchase at a department store.
  • Order a copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus Equifax, Experian and Transunion once a year. By checking your report on a regular basis you can catch mistakes and fraud before they wreak havoc on your personal finances.  Consumers should monitor their credit reports and are authorized one free copy per year.  Go to for more information.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if your bills don't arrive on time. A missing credit card bill could mean an identity thief has taken over your account and changed your billing address to cover his tracks.