Throughout higher education, concerns about sexual assault and other violent crimes, campus security, and crime reporting have become topics of a national conversation. Our own campus leaders, students, and staff are taking part in that conversation, and they are working to raise awareness of and help address the threat posed to the educational community by sexual assault and other violent crimes.
University President Tom Ross launched the UNC Campus Security Initiative in August 2013 to study system-level coordination of security and student safety efforts at our 17 campuses. President Ross asked for a review of current security practices, an assessment of pending needs, and recommendations for coordinated action. Campus police chiefs, attorneys, student affairs professionals, counselors, medical and mental health professionals, faculty, provosts, Title IX coordinators, students, and others devoted considerable time and expertise to this important work.
The University has maintained an ongoing focus on protection and prevention that is reflected in the work of two previous system-wide safety initiatives: the 2004 Task Force on UNC Campus Safety and the 2007 UNC Campus Safety Task Force. The 2014 Campus Security Initiative released its final report in July 2014.
The report includes 26 findings and 36 recommendations that will help make our campuses safer, ensure the University is meeting both the letter and the spirit of laws governing campus security, and offer a blueprint for continuous improvement.