The 20 leaders of the Campus Safety Commission discussed the reported ineffectiveness of Alert Carolina, sexual assault on campus and the communication issues between administration and the student body at Wednesday's meeting.
Lindsay Ayling, graduate student and activist, spoke during the open comments section of the meeting, where she highlighted recent threats of gun violence on campus and on Franklin Street from Confederates.
She mentioned that during the incident when an armed Heirs To The Confederacy group came to campus waving Confederate flags on Aug. 20 — the first day of classes this semester — Alert Carolina failed to send out a warning to students and faculty on campus.
Ayling said some neo-Confederates were open-carrying, and some were concealed-carrying weapons, while they were close to campus on Franklin Street. Because of this, she said students and community members should have been warned of this imminent danger.
“These people were literally threatening to kill us with guns, and they brought guns to campus, and the police did not see fit to warn anyone,” Ayling said.
Lawrence Grossberg, the interim director of graduate studies, said the public has consistently expressed the problems with Alert Carolina in general and during the three Campus Safety Commission listening sessions held this semester.
“Alert Carolina is a system that does not work, and this is an important issue that needs to be addressed immediately,” Grossberg said.
The Campus Safety Commission should work to gather data from alert systems of other universities to implement a safer and more effective system at UNC, he said.
“We are all aware of the seriousness of this issue,” said Frank Baumgartner, a professor of political science. “It’s up to us to decide what the future systems will be, and we need to determine the specific problems and put very concrete proposals on the Chancellor’s desk.”