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UNC-CH to review alert system policies

Posted April 7, 2011

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— The University of North Carolina will review the policies and procedures for using an alert system to notify the Chapel Hill campus of emergencies, Chancellor Holden Thorp said Thursday.

Some UNC students told police they were robbed at gunpoint early Monday inside Morrison Residence Hall. One man was arrested after the incident, and a second man is being sought.

Campus police didn't implement the Alert Carolina system to send messages to students and staff about the robbery, prompting some concern among students. Police said they didn't believe the situation posed an ongoing danger to the campus, so they simply posted a notice about the robbery online.

Thorp said in an e-mail to students on Thursday that he believes police handled the incident properly, but he said he has asked a group of administrators and a student representative to review how the Alert Carolina system is used during emergencies.

"Our emergency preparedness should always reflect constant re-evaluation of current procedures, along with best practices within the higher education and law enforcement communities," Thorp wrote in the e-mail.

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  • carrboroyouth Apr 8, 2011

    Hater: colleges have a text-message and email system that they can use to contact all the students, which I believe should have implemented in this case. They also have a siren alert system but using that might have been a bit extreme.

    State used the text/email alert after a sexual assault on campus but didn't use it until 1:30 am, when the attack occurred around 11:00. In my opinion they should have used it sooner. Who knows where the perp might be 2.5 hours later?

  • vineyard jewel Apr 8, 2011

    Since both suspects were not caught, I think it would have been a good idea to alert students and staff about the robbery and let them know that one suspect was still at large.

  • scientistjo Apr 7, 2011

    Maybe it's time to not allow anyone from Durham into Chapel Hill.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Apr 7, 2011

    I don't see what else they could possibly do except build a mini great wall of China around the North and East sides of Chapel Hill and take people's guns Wyatt Earp style.