The Safety and Security of students, employees, and visitors to the University of North Carolina System is a priority second to none.
All UNC System constituent institutions, including the NC Arboretum, have an on-campus police department. Each campus police department is headed by a chief of police and is staffed by fully sworn law enforcement officers certified through the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. Campus police officers have the same powers as municipal and county police officers to make arrests for both felonies and misdemeanors. The NC School of Science and Mathematics contracts with a municipal police department and has around-the-clock law enforcement presence on campus as well.
In addition to campus police departments, the 16 UNC System constituent campuses employ Emergency Management, Environmental Health & Safety, and other professional public safety personnel to ensure the safety of our campuses.
UNC System campuses conduct annual training exercises to maintain their proficiency in responding to campus incidents. Information is provided to the campus community through multiple modes and means in the event of an on-campus emergency via emergency notification systems.
Each UNC System campus is required by a federal law known as The Jeanne Clery Act to publish an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFR) by October 1st of each year. The ASFR contains information related to disseminating timely warnings and emergency notifications, reporting options for survivors of sexual assaults, missing student notification and response policies, fire safety information, and campus crime statistics. This report is made available to the campus community and can be accessed by going to the respective campus website.
University Safety and Security Policies
Every campus abides by the Clery Act and follows protocol set forth by the federal government.
- Sections 700.4.1 and 700.4.2 of the UNC Policy Manual
- The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (U.S. Department of Education)
- Clery Act Regulations (U.S. Government Printing Office)
Health Concerns on Campus
The University and its constituent institutions provide members of our community with the most accurate and current resources regarding any outbreaks or health threats from global leading authorities. Based on the collaborative efforts of the University of North Carolina System community, we have identified best practices for notification, planning, and response should it be necessary.