Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and other University leaders gathered at the Carolina Inn this week for a meeting of the Board of Trustees, using the event as an opportunity to address the fallout from the recently-released U.S. Department of Education review that showed UNC violated campus safety laws from 2009 to 2016.
Guskiewicz said in a Monday email to students that an outside firm, Margolis Healy, would be on campus this week to asses and improve UNC’s policies when it comes to Clery Act compliance. The firm specializes in campus safety, security and regulatory compliance for higher education. By the end of Thursday, members of the firm had been on campus for three days, talking with campus stakeholders as part of the review process, UNC Police Chief David L. Perry said.
The previous interim vice chancellor for student affairs, Christi Hurt, succeeded Winston Crisp after his retirement last year. She left the position in August and joined Margolis Healy as the vice president for strategic initiatives in September.
“This week I sent a campus email out with the full results of the U.S. Department of Education’s six-year review of our Clery Act compliance from years 2009 to 2016,” Guskiewicz said at the meeting. “The results concluded, as you know, several violations.”
Guskiewicz said the review's findings were concerning and disappointing.
"When we don't meet the highest level of standards that we expect here at Carolina, that's problematic," he said, then added the University is working on a number of procedural improvements, following the completion of reports like the Department of Education’s.
"We can and must do better," he said.
A few weeks ago, a different report was completed that examined campus safety incidents and offered a number of recommendations for protocol improvements. Also, the Association of American Universities' Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct was released in October, and contained data Guskiewicz said he found “concerning.”
One problem-solving tactic the administration has used recently is creating different commissions and task forces to look at specific areas of campus life that could be improved.