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UNC-CH to review alert system policies

Posted April 7, 2011 1:56 p.m. EDT

— 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.