Dear Carolina Community,
The safety of our campus and surrounding community is always our highest priority. We partner closely with Chapel Hill Police and town officials on these critical efforts; however, these efforts go beyond that — we must look out for one another. You can partner with us by taking simple steps like being aware of your surroundings and trusting your instincts as you navigate campus and the community. You can also support numerous organizations across our campus and community that serve those in need.
Here are some important safety tips:
- If you ever feel threatened or your safety is compromised, call 911.
- Know where you need to go and the safest way to get there.
- Be aware of your surroundings, including walking in well-lit areas and looking around you (rather than being absorbed in other activities).
- Walk in pairs if you can or move closer to other pedestrians if you are alone. You can also use the “Friend Walk” feature on the Carolina Ready safety app.
- Carry only what you need each day. Lock your residence doors and leave the rest in a secure place.
In the spirit of collaboration and with a commitment to the safety of the entire Chapel Hill community, you may notice UNC Police and Chapel Hill Police conducting joint foot patrols of the downtown area. In addition, UNC Police are working with our Facilities Services staff to evaluate and improve lighting on campus.
We recognize that increasing the number of police officers is not the solution to managing every community issue. For example, some members of our Chapel Hill community, like in all towns, have basic, unmet needs that include regular access to food, shelter and medical care. There are organizations working to help, including the Street Outreach, Harm Reduction and Deflection Program, the Partnership to End Homelessness, the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, the Student Health Action Coalition and the Community Empowerment Fund. If you would like to support individuals in need, consider giving your time and resources to these and other non-profit groups that are meaningful to you.
Carolina has a history of navigating tough issues and, together, we will continue making progress to enhance community safety and improve lives across our community. We take a lot of pride in being one of the best college towns in the nation, and we will do everything possible to maintain that recognition.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz
George Battle III
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and Risk Management