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UNC Police Department

UNC Police services focus on one primary concern: to protect and serve all who come to campus. The services of UNC Police center on enhanced customer service, reduction of crime, and the improvement of the quality of life for students, faculty, staff and visitors at UNC-Chapel Hill. Campus community members are encouraged to call UNC Police if they have a safety concern or note suspicious activity.  Information is an important component in the continuing effort to increase campus safety.  A well-informed campus can better protect itself. One of UNC Police’s goals is to stop crime before it takes place. To attain this goal, a great deal of attention is given to Community Oriented Policing (COP) and crime prevention programming. COP is a collaborative effort between members of the department and those in the University community to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in the police. The following are some of UNC Police’s programs provided to educate the Carolina community that are available upon request:

This program is intended to open the lines of communication between the UNC community and the UNC Police Department. This is a program conducted multiple times a year and is designed to familiarize citizens with the “how/what/why” of police procedures and provide an opportunity to interact with officers. The goal is to produce informed citizens who can take the information they have learned back into their respective areas, share that information with friends and colleagues, and have a better understanding of police operations.
In partnership with the Dean of Students Office, this presentation is given to all incoming students and their parents to provide a basic understanding of safety at UNC.
An enhanced safety presentation, this provides an opportunity for officers and other administrators to talk about the role of graduate students and teaching assistants about emergency response and classroom safety protocols.
This basic campus safety presentation is able to provide information to a young community of campus partners who may not be familiar with the environment and various safety measures available in the Carolina community.
This internationally recognized program allows officers and community members to interact with one another in a relaxed, no pressure environment.  Community members are encouraged to talk to officers about anything and everything that is on their mind, regardless if it has any connection to law enforcement.
In partnership with the Department of Housing and Residential Education, this program brings information to students about the environment of alcohol consumption on a college campus.  This program provides information on understanding the physiological effects of over-consumption, impaired driving, and also provides students with the opportunity to explore the social norms that drive alcohol consumption in a college environment.
UNC Police works closely with Environment, Health and Safety to promote fire safety strategies on a college campus, with particular attention to fire safety in the residence halls, including microwave and stove-top cooking safety demonstrations.
The Tar Heel Tracker program is utilized at all home UNC football games.  Parents are offered a wristband with their child’s seating information, so that officers can assist them with reunification should the child become lost.
Officers equipped with engraving tools will speak to students about the importance of larceny reduction strategies while engraving Owner Applied Numbers (OANs) on personal items (computers, phones, tablets, etc.)
An Active Shooter Preparedness tool comprised of a 20-minute video detailing the “Run/Hide/Fight” strategy followed by a Q&A detailing UNC specific policies and practices.
Recognizing and Preventing Violence on Campus:  A combination of a 20-minute video and Q&A presentation to present community members with basic knowledge of identifying and preventing violent actions on campus.
A presentation geared toward recognizing Intimate Partner Violence and its subsequent impact on the workplace.
Typically a follow-up to the Shots Fired presentation, this allows department personnel to work with UNC Police Crime Prevention Officers to develop an Emergency Action Plan to be used in the event of a critical incident on campus.
A presentation focusing on the laws and regulations of moped use, an understanding of the traffic laws pertaining to mopeds, and general traffic safety tips.
Presented in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Police Department, this program provides the UNC Community with information on how to report suspicious conditions in the campus community and around Chapel Hill.
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For students, faculty, and staff. Much of the 12-hour program is spent practicing the application of self-defense tactics, including realistic simulation training. Women of average fitness will be able to participate successfully.  Participants who complete the course may present their signed manuals at any RAD training facility in the United States or Canada to be allowed to practice or participate in refresher training at no charge. The Student Activities Funds Office provides funding for course manuals, and participants may keep them after the end of the course. Protective equipment is provided free of charge, including a free mouthpiece.

RAD training is offered several times a year. Afternoon, evening, or weekend classes may be offered as three four-hour blocks or four three-hour blocks. Maximum class size is 25. For information about class schedules, call the Crime Prevention Office at 919-966-3230. More information on RAD classes can be found on the UNC Police website.

(Female-identified individuals only) A short introduction to self-defense education, this presentation provides a basic overview of the full RAD program.
Utilizing partnerships with the SBI and Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, this program allows individuals to drop off expired or unnecessary medications for proper disposal on a “no questions asked” basis.
In sponsorship with Safe Kids Orange County, these events allow community members to have a car seat checked and/or properly installed in their motor vehicle at no cost.
A program designed around teaching local children and adolescents about bicycle safety, the proper wearing of a helmet, care and maintenance of a bicycle, and tips for riding around UNC and the surrounding community.

For more information about scheduling a security awareness or crime prevention program or workshop, contact UNC Police’s Crime Prevention Office at 919-966-3230 or complete the program request form on the UNC Police website. A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. Classes can be tailored to meet individual needs, and new classes are added as the need arises.

Additional information available upon request or on the UNC Police website includes:

  • Security Surveys: These surveys assist departments in understanding vulnerable areas in their work environments and in finding possible solutions for correcting these vulnerabilities. To receive a security survey, please contact UNC Police’s Crime Prevention Office at 919-966-3230.
  • Daily crime reports: These reports are available through the daily crime log on the UNC Police website.  Special bulletins are also sent to areas where crime trends are prevalent.
  • Annual reports: These documents provide information on a yearly basis concerning crimes and crime trends for the University campus. This information is available both on the UNC Police website and in booklet form at the UNC Police building.

Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Students in PHYA 228 earn an elective credit while learning how to make themselves safer. Although participants learn physical self-defense techniques such as kicking, blocking, and escaping from someone’s hold, a major focus of the class is analysis – realizing how one is vulnerable and how to stop being vulnerable.

Students in this course will be instructed by a three-dimensional educational approach.  First, the student will develop skill, including techniques and strategies in physical activities related to self-defense. Second, the student will develop knowledge of skill and strategy; necessary for enhancing personal health, fitness and well-being; and of developmentally appropriate ethical and health patterns related to self-defense. Third, the student will develop through physical activity self-confidence and determination as related to self-defense.

PHYA 228 is open to male and female students. Subject to facility and instructor availability, one section (30 slots in the class) is generally offered during the year, as well as one section during summer school.

Wellness staff present the in-person “Carolina Community” session in collaboration with staff from the Office of Student Conduct, the Office of the Dean of Students, and The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office during New Student Orientation, provides consistent information and resources to the newest undergraduate members of our community.

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is aimed at students who have had negative experiences or problems related to alcohol and drug use. The small group and one on-one appointments are designed to help students make better alcohol-use decisions and to reduce their risks for alcohol related harm. BASICS provides students with personalized feedback about their alcohol/drug use, challenges their perceptions and raises awareness regarding social norms, and offers opportunities for self-improvement and safer choices in the future. BASICS is assessed and studied for effectiveness through an online behavioral tracker and a post-test six weeks after completing their second session.

Student Wellness also co-hosts additional programs supporting wellness and safety such as Cyclicious, where students can learn about bicycle safety, maintenance, registration, theft prevention, helmet fittings, bike routes, and more. Trained health educators on staff can also tailor and facilitate programs on a variety of health, wellness, and safety topics for specific organizations/populations on campus as needed.

Office of Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources offers a workshop on conflict management that focuses on recognizing and addressing various conflict situations. Class descriptions are published in the Office of Human Resources resource guide, and a schedule of upcoming classes is available in the ConnectCarolina training enrollment self-service tool. Campus community members may also call the Training & Talent Development unit for information at 919-962-2550.

The University is also committed to assuring a healthy and safe working environment that is free from threats of workplace violence. The Employee and Management Relations Unit in the Office of Human Resources has in place specific Employee Threat Assessment and Response Team protocols, which are activated in the event of actual or potential workplace violence incidents. Additionally, the Office of Human Resources is available to provide customized information sessions on the Violence in the Workplace policy as needed to campus departments. These sessions address topics including recognizing the warning signs of potential workplace violence and reporting suspicious incidents. Individuals may call Employee and Management Relations at 919-843-3444 for additional information.