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Monday May 10th

Public Safety


Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at the virtually-held Campus Safety Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 about recent protests against racism and police brutality and how the University will respond to these current events.

'It's a big job': Campus Safety Commission responds to protests, discusses fall plans

The Campus Safety Commission met Wednesday to discuss how University safety and health guidelines will proceed in the fall semester. The commission also finalized a statement that was sent out the following day, which acknowledged the role of systemic racism in acts of police brutality and expressed the commission's intent to continue to foster safety and justice on campus. 

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Students from Carrboro Elementary school are bused to Carrboro Town Hall, where parents could check out their kids, on Tuesday Nov. 20 after an active shooter false alarm at the school. The police found no substance to the active shooter call. 

Local schools see four mass violence threats in two months

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged two Cedar Ridge High School students for communicating threats of mass violence in the last couple months, and are offering a reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the third person who threatened the school. The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested a student with the same charge in relation to a threat against East Chapel Hill High School. With four threats of mass violence in two local schools since September, law enforcement and school officials are stressing the importance of communication in responding to and preventing these situations.

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A pro-Confederate protester shakes hands with UNC Police officer Timothy Tickle after Tickle explained to protesters the boundaries of UNC's campus on March, 16, 2019.The pro-Confederate group then left campus. Photo courtesy of Daniel Hosterman.

Months after controversy fueled its formation, UNC's safety commission faces questions

Campus Safety Commission meetings have been in session over the last two months to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to discuss their concerns with being safe on campus. Since it convened it April, there have been 13 listening sessions with some being geared toward specific communities on campus.  But while the premise of bringing together stakeholders from the University together seems like a step in the right direction, some have said the goal is undermined by poor publicity and attendance. 

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