Throughout higher education, concerns about sexual assault and other violent crimes, campus security, and crime reporting have become topics of a national conversation. Our own campus leaders, students, and staff are taking part in that conversation, and they are working to raise awareness of and help address the threat posed to the educational community by sexual assault and other violent crimes.
We know, of course, that it is beyond our power to completely insulate the campus community from the violence that exists in our society, particularly while preserving our historic commitment to access and openness. Federal data show that the overall crime rate for University of North Carolina campuses is significantly below the statewide crime rate, and suggest that the vast majority of University of North Carolina students will not become the victim of a violent crime while enrolled as a student on a University of North Carolina campus. Still, if the University of North Carolina is to effectively carry out its three-part mission of teaching, research, and service, we must do everything feasible to promote a safe environment on our campuses and ensure that the rights of individuals are respected.
The University of North Carolina seeks to be a leader among higher education institutions in understanding and implementing the best methods and practices for responding to offenses against persons and ensuring that campus law enforcement operations function in accordance with well-designed policies and procedures that provide safe and secure campus environments, result in appropriate responses to crime, and enhance campus security. We are committed to becoming an exemplar among higher education institutions for keeping our campus communities informed about crime and security concerns.