|University announces campus security program review|
|Friday, March 22, 2013|
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp today (March 22) announced that the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Act Compliance Division will conduct a program review to evaluate how the campus has complied with the federal law.
The University was notified of the program review, prompted by a Feb. 20, 2013 complaint, in a March 21 letter, posted at this link http://campusconversation.web.unc.edu/files/2013/03/UNC-Ann-Ltr.pdf.
“Protecting the safety and well being of our students is one of the University’s highest priorities,” Thorp said. “We expected this review, and will cooperate fully with the review team. We are committed to complying with the Clery Act and properly informing students and the campus community about criminal activity and safety threats. The review is an opportunity to make additional improvements if needed.”
The Jeanne Clery Dislosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires campuses participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose crime statistics and security information. (For additional background about the Department of Education’s review process, refer to http://studentaid.ed.gov/about/data-center/school/clery-act).
The Department of Education will review whether the University properly followed the Clery Act, including provisions involving disclosure of campus crime statistics, as well as policies and procedures regarding how campus sexual assaults were handled.
The program review, which will involve a campus visit next month, will evaluate allegations in the complaint and the University’s overall compliance with the Clery Act. When the review is complete, the Department of Education may inform the University about findings, recommendations or next steps. An official written report will come later.
http://campusconversation.web.unc.edu/, (Campus Conversation about Sexual Assault)
http://www.alertcarolina.unc.edu/go/doc/1395/1319331/ (Alert Carolina website, which includes the University’s emergency notification system)
http://www.dps.unc.edu/ (Department of Public Safety)
http://www.dps.unc.edu/securityreport/History.cfm (Campus Security Reports 2000 – 2012; annual reports are required to be posted online with three years of data under the Clery Act)