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UNC Police

UNC Police has one primary concern: to protect and serve all who come to campus. The services provided by UNC Police center on enhanced customer service, reduction of crime and 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 the goals of UNC Police is to stop crime before it takes place. To achieve 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 highlights some of UNC Police’s programs offered in order to educate the Carolina community regarding awareness and prevention and are available upon request:

This program is intended to open the lines of communication between the University community and UNC Police. This is a program offered 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 the information with friends and colleagues and develop a greater understanding of police operations.
In partnership with the Office of the Dean of Students and Emergency Management and Planning, this presentation is provided to all incoming students and their parents in order to provide a basic understanding of safety at the University. The goal of this presentation is to empower new students to take charge of their personal safety and security.
An enhanced safety presentation that provides an opportunity for officers and other administrators to talk about the role of graduate students and teaching assistants in emergency response and classroom safety protocols.
This basic campus safety presentation provides information to a relatively younger 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 on their mind, regardless of whether it has any direct connection to law enforcement.
In partnership with Carolina Housing, this program brings information to students regarding the environment of alcohol consumption on a college campus. This program provides information on understanding the physiological effects of over-consumption and impaired driving, and also provides students with the opportunity to explore social norms driving alcohol consumption in a college environment.
UNC Police works closely with Environment, Health and Safety to promote fire safety strategies on campus, with particular attention to fire safety in the residence halls, including microwave and stovetop cooking safety demonstrations.
The Tar Heel Tracker program is utilized at all home Carolina football games. Parents are offered a wristband with their child’s seating information, so officers may 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.)
In partnership with Emergency Management and Planning and Environment, Health and Safety, this training allows participants to learn about responses to a variety of events, including active assailants, fires and other critical incidents. Each training is tailored to the individual building or department requesting the training.
Building upon the national Run, Hide, Fight model, this training supports participants’ ability to observe the importance of “active” responses related to an active shooter or other critical incident. Participants can also choose to participate in scenario-based training designed to provide an individual hands-on experience regarding emergency response in a safe and secure training environment.
Typically, a follow-up to the Active Shooter and Critical Incident Response 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 University community with information reguarding how to report suspicious conditions in the campus community and around Chapel Hill.
Reportit lets one securely store serial numbers, items descriptions, pictures and scans of receipts so one’s items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. It maintains a secure, online record of valuable property, accessible from anywhere.
Rape Aggression Defense 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 in order 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. Transgender and nonbinary individuals are welcome to choose whichever program best fits their needs.

RAD for Women 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.

Resisting Aggression with Defense for students, faculty and staff. Much of the 12-hour program is spent practicing the application of self-defense tactics, including realistic simulation training. This program gives men opportunity to focus on recognition of aggressive behavior, along with the negative repercussions and the role men play in reducing violence and aggression. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice self-defense in a secure training environment. Transgender and nonbinary individuals are welcome to choose whichever program best fits their needs.

RAD for Men training is hosted by request and level of interest. Maximum class size is 25. For information about class schedules, call the Crime Prevention Office at 919-966-3230.

A short introduction to self-defense education, this presentation provides a basic overview of the full RAD program. More information about RAD classes can be found on the UNC Police website.
Utilizing partnerships with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation 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 to teach local children and adolescents about bicycle safety, proper wearing of a helmet, care and maintenance of a bicycle and tips for riding around the University campus and the surrounding community.

For more information about scheduling a security awareness or crime prevention program or workshop, contact the UNC Police Crime Prevention Office at 919-966-3230 or visit 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 the UNC Police Crime Prevention Office at 919-966-3230.
  • Daily Crime Log: Contains information about crimes reported over the previous 60 days, including the nature of the incident, location and disposition.
  • 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.

Student Wellness

Student Wellness co-hosts programs supporting wellness and safety. 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.

Student Wellness utilizes and manages online alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention education modules required for all incoming students prior to arrival on campus that provide an appropriate and accurate understanding of substances and their associated risks, including legal, judicial and health impacts such as interpersonal violence. These same modules are also offered to all returning undergraduate and graduate/professional students as an optional educational resource. Utilization rates remain high across all populations.

Alcohol & Other Substances 101

Student Wellness employees a full-time Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator who provides regular education and outreach programming, including a workshop designed to educate student organizations on the risks to self, others and community associated with alcohol or others substance use, as well as effective harm-reduction strategies if students choose to consume any substance.


An educational workshop provided to students as a result of specific sanctions. This workshop explores personal values clarification, models of morality, impulse control and critical thought as it relates to decision-making.

Carolina After Dark

Carolina After Dark (CAD) is a wellness and prevention/risk reduction initiative that partners with other campus and community partners and student organizations to provide late-night campus activities and inclusive programming. Carolina After Dark promotes and encourages substance-free events across the Carolina community using a monthly newsletter, the student-centered Heel Life portal and social media.

Opioid, Fentanyl and Xylazine Awareness

Student Wellness staff partner with several student organizations, the local health department and the statewide Harm Reduction Coalition to provide students with risk awareness and harm reduction information related to substances such as benzo or opiate overdose, as well as education on the increasing prevalence of the addition of illicit and highly dangerous substances such as fentanyl and xylazine infused into various other drugs such as pressed pills and cocaine. These efforts also include both provision of free naloxone kits and additional information on where to obtain free resources such as Narcan and safety testing strips.

Individualized Support and Interventions

BASICS: (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students)

BASICS 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.

Clinical Substance Use Assessments and Counseling

Student Wellness maintains 1-2 licensed clinical social workers with LCAS credentials to support students (and their families) who are struggling with substance misuse, dependence or a clinical diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder (SUD). These services include the utilization of Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques, Risk Mitigation and Harm Reduction strategies, Readiness for Change, and other related modalities to assist students in moving from high risk use to low risk use or abstinence. These services include referrals to higher levels of care (IOP, Inpatient) and case management, medical underloads and withdrawals as appropriate, and clearance screenings (in partnership with CAPS) and transition support upon returning to school, and integration into our recovery programs and resources.

Collegiate Recovery Programs

Student Wellness hosts a robust collegiate recovery program influenced by the Texas Tech replication model. These services include a full-time Recovery Programs Coordinator that provides weekly psychoeducation process groups focused on developing increased recovery capital skills and relapse prevention, individual recovery coaching and regular sober social/recreational/entertainment events that support Carolina students in recovery having a normal college experience absent of influences and pressures related to substance use.

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 provide general health promoting programs and resources designed to empower students with education and skills building that support positive decision making. These efforts include important topics such as sleep hygiene, nutrition, activity as medicine, stress management, mindfulness and related self-care practices that reduce the likelihood of students misusing substances to cope. Health educators also tailor and facilitate programs on a variety of other related health, wellness and safety topics for specific organizations/populations on campus as needed, including an initiative titled ‘Don’t Cancel That Class’ where professors can invite Wellness staff in to provide a health and wellness related topic presentation during a class session when the professor may need to be away from campus.