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University Gazette

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

New school year brings campus safety updates

Over the summer, the University launched a new classroom door lock installation project to provide additional security in campus classrooms. To date, locks have been installed in more than 200 general purpose classrooms in 36 buildings. Locks will also be added to classrooms in professional schools, departmental classrooms and class labs.

While locks existed in campus classrooms, most were external key locks only. With the new hardware, doors in general purpose classrooms now have the option to be locked from the inside or will lock automatically when closed. In all cases, room occupants will be able to unlock and exit doors with one single-turn operation of the handle, in compliance with building and fire codes. Building keyholders, UNC Police and other authorized personnel will retain the ability to unlock doors from
the outside.

Instructors also received updated emergency preparedness information to share with students in the first weeks of class as well as a resource guide for managing emergencies. Faculty and administrators from the College of Arts & Sciences, campus safety and risk management, dean of students and counseling and psychological services offices worked together to create these special scripts and presentations for instructors to use in their classrooms.

Alert Carolina 

The University will TEST the emergency sirens and emergency communication procedures during the fall semester. The University tests the sirens regularly throughout the year to make sure the equipment and notification processes work as planned. During this sirens test, NO ACTION is required.

A couple of important changes have been made to the Alert Carolina system. Only an email—no longer a text message— will be sent to notify the community of the thunderstorm warning or tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service for Orange County. 

Another important change this semester is the renaming of the “Timely Warning” category to “Crime Alert” in an effort to be more consistent with common practices. 

These are the four types of Alert Carolina message/alert types you may receive:

For more information on these changes and the Alert Carolina system, visit