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
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.
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:
- Emergency Warning is issued after confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to health or safety on campus. Safety officials will sound the emergency sirens, which are intended to be heard by people who are outdoors;
- Crime Alert (formerly Timely Warning) is issued to notify the campus community of any Clery Act crime that poses a continuing danger to the campus community;
- Informational Message is issued when a nonemergency or nonthreatening situation is of significant interest to campus; and
- Adverse Weather is issued for a tornado watch or severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service for Orange County or for approaching snow, ice or hurricanes.
For more information on these changes and the Alert Carolina system, visit alertcarolina.unc.edu.