UNC–Chapel Hill Regulations and Policies

Alcoholic Beverages
Code of the University of North Carolina
Commercial Activities
Emergency Disciplinary Action
Housing and Residential Education
Transportation and Parking

The personal conduct of the University student is subject to the moral and legal restraints found in any law-abiding community. Additionally, the Honor Code is a positive force for good citizenship. University regulations are not specifications for acceptable conduct or detailed lists of offenses subject to penal action. They are intended to provide information about systematic procedures and equitable decisions in many situations involving individual students and officers of the University.

Alcoholic Beverages

Possession and use of alcoholic beverages is substantially regulated by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Within this legal framework, the University’s Policy on Student Possession and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Facilities of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sets out the conditions under which alcoholic beverages may be used on University property.

According to North Carolina law

• Generally persons 21 or older may purchase or consume alcoholic beverages and may possess alcoholic beverages at their homes or temporary residences.

• It is against the law for any person under 21 to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage.

• It is against the law for anyone to sell or give any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 or to aid or abet such a person in selling, purchasing, or possessing any alcoholic beverage.

• No alcoholic beverages may be sold by any person, organization, or corporation on a college campus except as permitted by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 18B-1006 (a).

According to Chapel Hill ordinance, it is against the law for anyone to possess any open container of alcohol on streets, sidewalks, alleys, or any other property owned or controlled by the Town of Chapel Hill.

In addition to following the law, the University’s Policy on Student Possession and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Facilities of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sets out special rules about alcohol for students and student organizations. The Office of the Dean of Students will provide copies of the policy and assistance in understanding its full implications. The text of the policy can be accessed on the Web at www.unc.edu/campus/policies/studentalcohol.html.

Under the policy

• Alcohol may not be served, consumed, or sold in any University facility or open space except as provided in the University’s Guidelines for Serving Alcohol at University-Sponsored Events. The guidelines are available on the Web at www.unc.edu/campus/policies/alcohol.pdf.

• Common source containers of alcohol (e.g., kegs) are not permitted on campus.

• Students and their guests age 21 and older may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in individual campus residence hall rooms or apartments on campus, but not in the common areas of a campus residence hall.

• No student activity fees or other University-collected fees may be used to purchase alcohol.

• No other funds of an officially recognized student group deposited or administered through the Student Activities Fund Office may be used to purchase alcohol.

• Student groups are not prohibited from having events off campus at which individual group members age 21 or older bring or buy their own alcoholic beverages.

Students who violate the policy face mandatory alcohol education, housing sanctions (for violations arising in University housing), and sanctions, including written reprimand, restitution, counseling/referral, and/or educational or community service activities. Student groups who violate the policy face sanctions of written reprimand, restitution, mandatory educational programs or community service, and/or loss of University recognition. Behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct, state, or federal laws may also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct, the Emergency Evaluation and Action Committee, and/or state and federal authorities.

Code of the University of North Carolina (1975)

Section 502D(3)—Subject to any policies or regulations of the Board of Governors or of the Board of Trustees, it shall be the duty of the chancellor to exercise full authority in the regulation of student affairs and student conduct and discipline. In the discharge of this duty, delegation of such authority may be made by the chancellor to faculty committees and to administrative or other officers of the institution, or to agencies of student government, in such manner and to such extent as may by the chancellor be deemed necessary and expedient. In the discharge of the chancellor’s duty with respect to matters of student discipline, it shall be the duty of the chancellor to secure to every student the right to due process. Appeals from these disciplinary decisions are allowable only on the following grounds: 1) a violation of due process, or 2) a material deviation from Substantive and Procedural Standards adopted by the Board of Governors.

Where the sanction is suspension or expulsion, an appeal may be made to the Board of Trustees. No appeal to the president is permitted. When the sanction is expulsion, the final campus decision is appealable to the Board of Governors.

Commercial Activities

Selling or soliciting by any person (private citizen, employee, or student), firm, or corporation on the campus of the University is prohibited except as provided for in the Policy on Use of University Facilities for Noncommercial and Commercial Purposes. The policy can be accessed online at www.unc.edu/campus/policies/facility_use.html.

Emergency Disciplinary Action

In order to protect University property or members of the University community or to prevent disruption of the academic process, occasionally the University must take emergency action to separate a student from the University or such other intermediate action as may be warranted. The Chancellor has, therefore, created the Emergency Evaluation and Action Committee. With respect to disciplinary matters, the committee acts only when no other administrative solution, including action by the Student Judicial System, is in its judgment adequate to deal effectively with the situation.

Students whose cases may require action by the committee fall into five categories:

• Applicants for admission or readmission to the University who have been convicted of a crime involving assaultive or felonious behavior, who have a record of violent behavior, or who have a record of academic dishonesty or disciplinary rule violations elsewhere;

• Students whose behavior, on or off campus, is such that their presence in the University, in the judgment of the committee, poses a serious threat of disruption of the academic process or a continuing danger to other members of the University community, or University property;

• Students or applicants who have been arrested and charged with a serious crime of a violent or dangerous nature, or a serious crime that involved placing another person in fear of imminent physical injury or danger, where, in the judgment of the committee, if the students are found guilty, their presence in the University would pose a serious threat of disruption of the academic process or a continuing danger to other members of the University community, or University property;

• Students, charged by the University with a violation of policies concerning illegal drugs, whose continued presence within the University community would, if the charges are true, constitute a clear and immediate danger to the health or welfare of other members of the University community;

• Students whose behavior on or off campus is such that, in the judgment of the committee, they pose a danger to themselves.

Full information on the committee and its procedures is available from the Division of Student Affairs through the office of the Dean of Students. The text of the committee’s policy and procedures is on the Web at www.unc.edu/campus/policies/Emergency%20Evaluation%20and%20Action%20Committee%20Policy-Procedures.pdf.

Housing and Residential Education

For policies and procedures related to living on campus, visit the Housing and Residential Education Web site at housing.unc.edu/sites/housing.unc.edu/files/CLS-2011-2012_0.pdf.

Transportation and Parking


Every student at UNC–Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals who parks an automobile between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays in the University’s designated reserved parking is required by the Department of Public Safety to obtain and display a parking permit. Parking permit holders must park only in specific zones as indicated on their parking permits. After 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, however, students may park in any unreserved space except those in resident student lots, which are reserved until 9:00 p.m. Please note the signs at the entrances to each lot which detail the hours of enforcement for that parking area.

Motor vehicle parking permits may be applied for during online registration procedures at the Department of Public Safety. Vehicles found parked illegally may be cited by the Department of Public Safety’s Parking Control Division, and subsequent violations may result in further citations, immobilization (“booting”), or towing of the vehicle. Citations may be appealed through the Department of Public Safety’s Appeals Office within 10 calendar days upon receipt of the citation. Citations can be appealed in person during office hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., online at www.dps.unc.edu, or by regular mail.

The Parking Control Division operates MAP, the cost-free Motorist Assistance Program. If a vehicle requires a “jump start” or if the keys are locked inside the vehicle, motorists may call for assistance at 962-8006 (weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.). During all other times (and on University holidays), the UNC Police Department should be contacted for motorist assistance at 962-8100.

The Commuter Alternatives Program

The Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP) is an initiative with the goal of reducing campus traffic congestion and parking demand through the promotion and management of viable alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle use at UNC–Chapel Hill. It is a free program designed to reward campus community members for the use of bicycling, walking, transit, park and ride services, and ridesharing. CAP requires only that a registrant commute to UNC from outside a two-mile radius from the Bell Tower at the center of the campus and not be registered for a parking permit. CAP has a listserv, giveaways, prizes, discounts to local merchants, and daily benefits in relation to alternative transportation programs. For more information or to request a brochure, call the Department of Public Safety at (919) 962-3951 or visit the student CAP link on the department’s Web site at www.dps.unc.edu/Transit/gettingtowork/CAP/studentcap.cfm.

Alternatives to Parking

The Web site www.redefinetravel.org provides excellent information on student transportation alternatives. RedefineTravel.org is designed to give students all the information needed to ride the bus, ride with friends, or bike to great destinations throughout the Triangle. The site includes a Transit Trip Planner to popular destinations; schedules for Triangle Transit, Durham Area Transit Authority, Capital Area Transit, and Chapel Hill Transit; information about Triangle Transit’s express bus to Raleigh; bike safety information and city bike maps; a calorie counter to show how active transportation affects health; information on student carpool options; and a calculator tool that calculates how much an individual can save by using alternative transportation.

Municipal and Regional Transit

The University, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro work together to provide the fare-free Chapel Hill Transit system. No exchange of money, coupons, or display of a bus pass is needed when boarding a Chapel Hill Transit bus. Campus U route and RU (Reverse U) shuttles run in continuous loops from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., serving nearly every area on campus.

Commuting students can use any of the town park and ride lots, or they can join the Commuter Alternative Program and gain access to additional CAP (Commuter Alternative Program) park-and-ride lots. Chapel Hill Transit provides free and quick service to and from campus to the park-and-ride lots. Student CAP participants receive one one-day occasional use pass per semester allowing free parking on S11 zoned lots. In addition, in the case of an emergency, UNC–Chapel Hill’s Emergency Ride Back service is available to provide transportation to the park-and-ride lots or any location within Carrboro or Chapel Hill municipal boundaries. Consult the Chapel Hill Transit Web site at www.chtransit.org for information on specific routes.

Regional transit (to and from RDU, Raleigh, and Durham) is available aboard Triangle Transit buses. Included in the full complement of regional service is express service from Raleigh to UNC–Chapel Hill and from Hillsborough to UNC–Chapel Hill. For more route information, call Triangle Transit at (919) 485-RIDE or visit www.triangletransit.org.

Commuting students must join CAP by visiting the Department of Public Safety Building, bringing proof of their PID number. If the student is a licensed driver, then he or she must also present a driver’s license, plate, make and model of any vehicles owned and proof of auto insurance.

Park-and-Ride Lots

There are four town park-and-ride lots and five additional lots available to those who join UNC–Chapel Hill’s Commuter Alternative Program. Many commuting students find the park-and-ride services to be a reliable transportation solution. Triangle Transit also serves some of the lots. The nine lots encircle the campus, and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking at the preferred lot is usually possible, but not guaranteed as the most popular lots fill up by the end of rush hour.


Point-to-Point transportation (P2P) offers fare-free, fixed-route service aboard the P2P Express minibuses, operating on a continuous loop around campus during evening hours, 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m., seven nights a week (when residence halls are open) during fall and spring academic semesters. Students must show their UNC ONE Card to board the P2P Express. After dark, a demand-response van can be accessed by students in areas that are not served by the P2P Express route.

P2P also offers fare-free, demand-response transportation service to disabled students and students going to or from Campus Health Services 24 hours a day.

Safe Ride

A student-run program called “Safe Ride” aims to provide increased mobility between 11:15 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on weekend evenings. Although it shares part of the name, this is a different program from the P2P Library Safe Ride Shuttle. There are three Safe Ride bus routes operating on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They provide service between campus and many private student housing developments, as well as other off-campus destinations after Chapel Hill Transit routes service ends for the evening. For more information, phone Chapel Hill Transit at (919) 969-4900, or visit the Web site at townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1586.

UNC Bicycle Registration

The Department of Public Safety requires bicycle registration for bicycles stored or traveling on campus. The program serves as a deterrent to crime, aids in the identification of lost or stolen bicycles, and enables the department to plan for improved bicycle parking facilities around campus in the future. Forms for bicycle registration are available at the following Web site: www.dps.unc.edu/Forms/Bike%20Registration/bike1.cfm.

You can also obtain registration forms at the Department of Public Safety. Cyclists who live more than two miles from the Bell Tower may join the Commuter Alternative Program.

Zimride Rideshare Matching

Zimride is an easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. The UNC–Chapel Hill private Zimride community allows you to find friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are. UNC–Chapel Hill Zimride helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events. If you have a car, split costs by offering rides. If you don’t have a car, find rides where you need to go. For more information, visit zimride.unc.edu.

Zipcar for Students 18 and Older

For students 18 and older, Zipcar, UNC–Chapel Hill’s car-sharing program, provides another option. For a $35 annual fee, reimbursable in driving credits if used within 30 days, six on-campus Zipcars can be reserved for short or long trips. Currently, UNC–Chapel Hill has a Honda Civic, two Toyota Matrix four-doors, and a Mazda 3. Cars are reserved online or by using a toll-free phone number. The Zipcar membership card serves as the key to the vehicle, and a gas card is inside. Fuel, insurance, and maintenance bills are footed by the program, and the reservation rate is $5 per hour with a $55 per day maximum fee. More information can be found by visiting www.zipcar.com/unc, dialing 866-4ZIPCAR, or e-mailing www.zipcar.com/unc.

For More Information

Visit the Department of Public Safety during regular business hours (weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), in the Public Safety Building via Morrison Drive (just off Manning Drive) on south campus. For more information on parking and transportation at UNC–Chapel Hill, log onto the Department of Public Safety’s Web site at www.dps.unc.edu. You may also “like” the department on Facebook (UNC Public Safety) or choose to follow us on Twitter (@UNCDPS). Concerns may be addressed at the following campus telephone numbers:

• General Information (919) 962-3951, 3952

• Police Emergencies 911

• Police Non-emergencies (919) 962-8100

• Parking Control (919) 962-8006

• Accounts Receivable (919) 962-6073

• Parking Appeals (919) 962-3953

• Visitor Pay Operations Parking (919) 966-4424

• Point-to-Point Shuttle Dispatcher (919) 962-7867 (962-“P-TO-P”)

• Commuter Alternatives Program (919) 843-4414

Students with temporary physical handicaps or other hardships requiring special consideration should contact the Department of Disability Services for complete information on transportation options. To get specific information about steps to take to obtain a disability permit, visit the Department of Public Safety or the Web site www.dps.unc.edu/permit%20information/studentdisability.cfm.