RALEIGH—The UNC Campus Security Initiative will hold a public forum on Monday, December 2 to provide interested individuals an opportunity to share concerns and perspectives about safety and security across the 17-campus University of North Carolina. The public forum will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Section A of the Multipurpose Room of the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, located at 1070 Partners Way on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus.
Launched last month by UNC President Tom Ross, the UNC Campus Security Initiative has brought together administrators, law enforcement personnel, faculty, and students from across the UNC system to explore the complex issues surrounding sexual assault and other violent crimes, campus security, and crime reporting. Work groups focused on offenses against persons, campus public safety operations, and security reporting and awareness have been asked to examine specific aspects of the University’s security efforts, recommend policies and procedures to improve those efforts, and identify resources needed for improved security. They are also examining the role of alcohol and drug use in each of these areas. The group plans to forward its recommendations to President Ross by the end of the spring 2014 semester.
NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson and NC A&T State University Chancellor Harold Martin, co-chairs of the initiative, will attend the December 2 forum along with work group members. Forum speakers will be asked to limit their public comments to five minutes, but are free to share more extensive written statements with Initiative members. Those unable to attend the forum may also forward input to SecurityInitiative@northcarolina.edu.
“This is an important initiative for us, and we’re taking a very proactive approach,” President Ross said. “Federal data show that the overall crime rate for UNC campuses is significantly below the statewide crime rate, and suggest that the vast majority of UNC students will not become the victim of a violent crime while enrolled as a student on a UNC campus. Still, we want to be certain that all of our campuses are appropriately focused on safety and security, and we want to ensure a process for addressing student conduct that works well and is fair to both individual students and to the University community at large.”