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UNC Task Force Studies Safety On Campus

Posted July 1, 2004

— The

University of North Carolina System

took a closer look Thursday at security at its 16 campuses.

The Task Force on the Safety of the Campus Community includes personnel in student affairs, admissions and public safety.

The group was formed following the recent murders of two female University of North Carolina at Wilmington students.

Police say Jessica Faulkner and Christen Naujoks were murdered by men who lied on their college applications.

"We have a responsibility to step up to this issue," UNC System president Molly Broad said.

The task force looked at the admissions process and try to determine whether background checks on applicants are feasible.

Task force members also talked about possibly making students and staff take safety classes. Another proposal is to increase the number of educational programs available to troubled students.

The panel also considered a number of issues, including domestic violence; stalking; harassment; disciplinary measures; substance abuse programs; admissions procedures; and interventions in dealing with potentially dangerous students, faculty and staff.

"Are there ways that we can teach students more constructive means of coping with their rage and their rejection than murdering or even seriously physically harming their fellow classmates?" said Leslie Winner, UNC System vice president.

All 16 campuses have safety groups and crisis response committees in place.

The task force, which will meet throughout the summer,will look at systemwide changes will present its plan to the UNC Board of Governors in the fall.

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Julia Lewis

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