Maintaining campus safety is the responsibility of all members of our community. Some offices and student groups have specific responsibilities around these topics. More information is provided below.
911 Emergency Response On Campus
Emergencies, including potential crimes in progress, should be reported immediately by calling 911. When you call 911 from any phone, it will connect you to the appropriate law enforcement agency based on your location. UNC’s Department of Public Safety works closely with the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham police departments.
Smart911 is a free opt-in system through which UNC-CH community members can register their cell phones and create personalized profiles with important personal information. The system improves police and emergency response by providing additional information you might want available to a dispatcher, police, or emergency responders if you call 911. By providing rescue information with Smart911 in advance, you ensure that the information is accurate and appropriate. If an emergency does happen, dispatchers are already a step ahead. Learn more or register here.
Alert Carolina is the electronic system that is used to communicate informational safety messages and warnings to the campus community. There are several points to keep in mind about the system.
- The alertcarolina.unc.edu website will have up to date and current information regarding safety messages and warnings to the campus community.
- UNC-CH community members are prompted to confirm their Alert Carolina cell phone number when changing their Onyen password.
- It is important to provide an emergency contact and telephone number in the event of an individual critical incident or campus emergency. This can be done through ConnectCarolina and/or when you update your Onyen password. Remember you cannot enter yourself as an emergency contact, but you can enter a parent, friend, family member or roommate.
24 Hour Staff Available
Staff in the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Office of the Dean of Students and the Department of Housing & Residential Education (DHRE) are on call 24/7 for after hours emergencies. You can call the DPS number (emergency or non emergency) to get in touch with these University officials. Just ask to speak to the Dean of Students on-call staff person.
All transportation information is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety. Click here for some highlights.
SafeWalk is a Student Government initiative to increase night time safety for UNC-CH students. A male-female pair of DPS-trained students will walk with you to your desired on-campus destination for FREE. Request a safe walk by:
- (a) Going to the website http://safewalk.unc.edu/ and click on “Request a SafeWalk” under the main menu;
- (b) Calling (919) 962-SAFE(7233); or
- (c) Approaching a SafeWalk team at various places on campus including the Undergraduate Library, Davis Library or the Union.
Safewalk operates during the academic year only, Sunday – Thursday from 11:00 p.m. until >3:00 a.m.
Check out this video from former SafeWalk Director, Matt Schaeffer (’12).
Safe Rides is a service funded by the UNC-CH Student Government for the safety of students. The service provides increased transportation during late night hours. For more information, click here, email email@example.com or contact a customer service representative at 919.969.4900 (press 1).
The P2P Express offers free, regularly scheduled transportation to all students and employees along a fixed campus route. It operates seven days a week during Spring and Fall academic semesters, from 7:00 pm until 3:00 am. See the Point-to-Point Shuttle Brochure on the Public Safety website for a detailed route map and up-to-date service schedule.
After dark, P2P provides transportation to all students not served by the P2P Express route to and from any campus building that is “open.” It also provides transportation to and from remote on-campus parking lots and the RR lot (off Estes Drove north of campus). One-touch direct-line call boxes are located in the Manning (S11) Lot, Bowles S11 Lot, Craige and Cardinal Parking Decks, and in the RR Lot. Also, call 962-7867 for on-demand service.
Third Bus Thursdays
To augment P2P Express service during high demand periods, a third bus runs directly between Granville Towers and south campus (Hinton James) from 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. every Thursday evening.
UNC Rave Guardian Campus Safety App
Download the FREE Rave Guardian safety app to check in with family, friends, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), or others you trust to help you stay safe both on and off campus.
With this app you can:
- Set a Safety Timer – Notify people you trust to check in on you if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place.
- Manage & Message Your Guardians – Invite family, friends, or others to be your Guardian, and communicate with them within the app as needed.
- Communicate Easily in an Emergency Situation – Call UNC Public Safety directly for help if you are in trouble and send text tips – including photos – if you see something suspicious.
- Create a Smart911 Safety Profile – User-created Safety Profiles contain information such as residence details (home and school), medical conditions and much more. When someone requires assistance user Safety Profiles are displayed to UNC Public Safety or Smart911 enabled 911 centers nationwide.
Click here for more information.
Annual Campus Security Reports
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act [20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)]
requires institutions of higher education to produce and distribute an annual security report containing information about their campus crime statistics and campus security policies. Click here for UNC-CH’s reports.
Whether searching for a place to live near campus or staying up to date on crimes in the area, there are several local and state-wide resources that may be useful.
- Police2Citizen in Chapel Hill – Allows citizens to view and map recent activities and arrests, see daily bulletins, and search for specific incidents. It also allows citizens to access arrest records including mug shots. This service is free to the public and is intended for informational purposes only.
- SpotCrime for Chapel Hill – City and county crime map showing crime incident data as specific as neighborhood crime activity. You can subscribe for crime alerts and reports.
- Apartment Crime Statistics for Chapel Hill – There are approximately 9,000 rental apartments in Chapel Hill. This website lists the major crimes reported in the larger apartment complexes.
- Apartment Crime Statistics for Carrboro – This website lists major crimes reported in some apartment complexes.
- Sex Offender Registry – The North Carolina General Assembly created the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry in January 1996. This law outlines registration requirements for persons living in North Carolina, non-resident students and non-resident workers. The registry serves as a resource to help protect and inform the public.