Public Safety

Warren Wilson’s small, tightly knit campus is a safe one. Department of Public Safety officers help ensure a safe environment for the College community and its guests. Emergency phones with blue beacons are located in campus parking lots. During Orientation, students will meet the Public Safety staff, learn the location of the emergency phones and discuss ways to keep Warren Wilson College a safe community.

All buildings on campus are equipped with fire alarms and fire extinguishers; residence halls have smoke detectors in each room.

In addition to their primary role, the Department of Public Safety also provides these additional services;

  • Escort Program: Any member of the Warren Wilson community may request an escort at any time.
  • Fire Safety: Education and drills.
  • Parking: Parking permits cost $50 for the year. All students (including first-years) may bring cars to campus.
  • Lost and Found: Students may inquire for lost items at Public Safety any time.

Safety in our Environment

One of the most compelling benefits our students receive is access to our 1,100 acre campus in the Blue Ridge mountains. We know though, that proximity to farm animals and wildlife can be frightening at first to some students. This is why we educate students about safe protocols related to the cows, pigs, and bears that are part of our mountain home.

Annual Security Report

This annual report is to inform students, prospective students, faculty, and staff about Warren Wilson College’s security incidents, crime reporting procedures, and crime prevention programs and measures. It also includes information about campus fire safety and fire statistics.

This report meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It also complies with the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Crime and fire statistics are reported by calendar year as required by these acts.

View the 2021 Security Report

Justin Gildner

Meet Director Of Public Safety Justin Gildner

Director of Public Safety and Emergency Manager Justin Gildner is a former deputy sheriff and police officer. Director Gildner is trained in Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). At Warren Wilson, he oversees our campus Emergency Management program, implements best practices for a holistic campus safety program, facilitates emergency preparedness drills, and delivers educational programming for the community. He has established preventive safety measures for strategic community oriented policing, and frequently works with students in the Student Government Association (SGA) to meet the evolving safety needs of our community.