Vice Chancellors Winston Crisp and Matthew Fajack charged the Nighttime Travel Working Group at the beginning of September. The group includes student government, students, administrators and the chiefs of police for Chapel Hill and the Department of Public Safety.
Student Body Vice President Rachel Gogal, a member of the group, said it’s looking at how lighting on and off campus can be improved.
“We recognize that some areas on campus are very well lit, but others are not, and that’s a safety concern for us,” Gogal said.
To see where needs for lighting on and around campus are greatest, the group is going on a “lighting tour” in November. Group members will begin at UNC Hospitals and walk through campus and to off-campus neighborhoods populated by students.
DPS spokesperson Randy Young said his department has been going on annual lighting tours since the early 1990s.
He said the tours traditionally looked at areas that needed minor fixes, such as non-functional police call boxes or burned out lights, but this year’s tour involves more people and departments and may take on bigger projects.
“It’s very early in the process, but if there’s new lighting that needs to be put in, and needs that need to be met, we’ll certainly look into those,” Young said. “Hopefully, some great ideas will rise out of this, and those kinds of things are not out of the question.”
Daniel Salgado, SafeWalk program manager, said lighting on campus should be improved.