School is starting again, which means exciting classes, hanging out with friends, decorating dorm rooms and back to school parties all weekend. For first-years, the idea of their first college party can be both very exciting and a little intimidating — but no matter what year you are at UNC, knowing the resources to help safely navigate the party scene is very important.
To start, the Chapel Hill Police Department has a continuing initiative called “Party, Police Free,” where students can register their parties with the department and give the police a heads up.
“Our goal is always to keep everyone safe.” Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety, Chris Blue, said in a statement.
Another program intended to protect students after parties is SafeWalk. Between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., students can call SafeWalk at (919) 962-SAFE to request a walk home from anywhere on-campus and some areas off-campus.
SafeWalk is completely free for any person who is affiliated with the University. The goal of SafeWalk is to make walking in the night safer for everyone — so whether a student is studying late in the library for a test or nervous about walking home alone from a party for the first time, SafeWalk is there to assist every student.