A Message from the Chancellor, Kevin Guskiewicz
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we are committed to serving the people of our state, the nation and the world in an environment that is safe for all of our students, faculty, staff and community members. In the past year, we have sought to further this commitment through the work of the Campus Safety Commission, which has provided valuable input on campus safety initiatives and the delivery of campus safety services and ensured that the concerns of all members of our community reach our University administration. We have made important strides on issues of social justice and transparency in our campus safety efforts, and we are eager to continue to hear from our community and build on this early progress.
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is written to comply with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and it is my hope that you will learn from this report the ongoing safety and security initiatives on campus and continue to play an active role in creating a safe and inclusive campus environment for the Carolina community.
A Message Assistant Vice Chancellor and UNC Police Chief, David Perry
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Police is fully committed to providing the campus community with a safe environment that will allow the goals of serving as a center for research, scholarship and creativity to thrive. UNC Police is fully aware of the recent challenges law enforcement has faced and stands committed more than ever to working cooperatively with the campus community to ensure that the men and women who took an oath to serve and protect do so with the highest integrity. Significant improvements have been made to increase transparency and accountability related to the department’s general operating policies and procedures as well as expanded use of the body-worn cameras issued to all sworn law enforcement officers.
While campus crime is relatively low, it is important for students to remember that no community is immune from crime or criminal activity. Therefore, we share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city in the United States. In partnership with the Chapel Hill Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office , we work collaboratively to prevent crime and solve problems that affect the University’s students, faculty, staff and visitors. The safety and security of the University is the combined responsibility of the entire UNC-Chapel Hill community. We remind all of our campus and community partners that if you “See Something, Say Something” and report the incident to police immediately.
To maintain an effective working relationship with the community and to respond to its needs, UNC Police is organized into four 12-hour shifts that work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officers conduct visible patrols, respond to reports of crimes, address problems and provide information and resources to the community. This information, which includes many practices, procedures and tips for keeping you safe at Carolina, is delivered in several ways. It is published here in the 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which also appears on the UNC Police website. Information is also discussed in safety talks such as those conducted by police officers and police administrators at student and employee orientations, as well as at other training events. Community members interested in arranging a safety talk should contact the department for scheduling. I encourage all students, faculty, staff and visitors to be aware of the safety-related resources offered by the department and innovative equipment being utilized daily.
Our officers and staff are committed to initiating and maintaining close ties with the community. Feel free to stop by our headquarters at 285 Manning Dr. (atop Paul Hardin Drive and just west of Morrison Residence Hall) to ask any questions about security issues that are important to you. Also, by taking the time to familiarize yourself with our resources and by using the information provided on our website, you will be helping us to help you in the mutual goal of creating a safer campus. Feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions.
A Message from the Clery Compliance Coordinator, Jennifer Scott
The UNC-Chapel Hill Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains detailed information about our campus safety policies and procedures, the many safety-related programs and tools available to our community and statistics about crime in our area. I hope that you will use the information in this report as you go about your time here and make the most of everything Carolina has to offer. I would also like to thank all of the campus and community partners who work diligently with us throughout the year to compile this report and who strive each day to make Carolina a safe and welcoming place for all.
Policies for Preparing the Annual Security Report
This report is prepared by the University’s Clery Compliance Coordinator in collaboration with other campus partners, including UNC Police, the Office of University Counsel, the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, Carolina Housing as well as others. This report’s crime statistics for property owned or controlled by the institution are gathered from campus security authorities and local police. You may obtain a paper copy of the report upon request by contacting UNC Police at 919-962-3951 or visiting the department in person at the Public Safety Building. The report is distributed to all students and employees via formal notice email on our before the annual publication deadline of October 1. In 2020, the publication deadline was extended to 12/31.
Policy Statement on Nondiscrimination
The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicable laws, it is therefore the University’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status as consistent with the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct. No person, on the basis of protected status, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation under any University program or activity, including with respect to employment terms and conditions. Such a policy ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are applied.