CLARIFICATION: The UNC-system is the first college system in the U.S. to comprehensively address campus safety, but the campus security initiative is not the first plan introduced by the system.
The final report of a UNC-system campus security initiative — the first of its kind among state university systems nationwide — was unveiled Thursday at the Board of Governors meeting in Chapel Hill.
The initiative, launched by system President Tom Ross in August 2013, sought to evaluate potential system-wide solutions within three categories: emergency preparedness on campuses, sexual assault and harassment and alcohol and drug abuse.
Among the 36 campus security recommendations are:
- Students shouldn’t serve on disciplinary hearing panels in cases involving sexual violence.
- Each campus should enforce a Good Samaritan policy to encourage students to report serious incidents to campus officials
- Students should be provided clear notice of the right to representation during conduct or disciplinary hearings
“We are well ahead of the curve because of the work we’ve done,” Randy Woodson, chancellor of N.C. State University and co-chair of the initiative, said while presenting the report to board members and state higher education leaders.
The group issued its recommendations in the midst of UNC-Chapel Hill’s own review of sexual assault on campus led by a task force made up of experts, administrators and students. The State Bureau of Investigation is also investigating Elizabeth City State University after accusations surfaced that campus police ignored more than 120 reported crimes.