Our campus recently experienced two disturbing incidents that impacted our community – a violent attack of a student off campus on September 13 and verbal harassment outside Davis Library on September 17.
I know that these types of events cause fear and worry among our students, parents and the entire campus community. We are deeply committed to ensuring that our campus, as well as the surrounding areas, are safe for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. UNC Police are working closely with the Chapel Hill Police Department on the September 13 investigation and have increased both vehicle and foot patrols around campus and the area of the attack in Chapel Hill.
We continually make improvements to the safety features around campus, most recently installing more interior locks in classrooms and increasing lighting and cameras in specific areas. I have asked my leadership team to examine the current state of our lights, key fobs and reader systems to determine any needed improvements. Although we employ the best practices followed by other large universities, we will also look at our emergency communication system to ensure it meets the current needs of our community.