Launched last fall by UNC President Tom Ross, the Initiative brought together vice chancellors, law enforcement personnel, counselors, faculty, students, and others from across the UNC system to explore the complex issues surrounding sexual assault and other violent crimes, campus security, and crime reporting. Co-chaired by NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson and North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Harold Martin, Initiative work groups drew on expertise from every level of the UNC system, as well as outside specialists. Bill Haggard, UNC Asheville's vice chancellor for student affairs, served as a co-leader of the workgroup.
Spanning 17 campuses from dorm rooms to board rooms, the UNC Campus Security Initiative offers a model for grappling with increased responsibilities for student, faculty, and staff safety. The Initiative’s 26 findings and 36 recommendations focus on opportunities for greater collaboration and resource-sharing—a way for campuses to meet rising expectations in an era of constrained budgets. By taking a University-wide approach—shared trainings, compliance assistance, and system-wide policies addressing critical issues—UNC can strengthen the good work already underway on each campus.