CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) faced a tense situation on September 13, 2023, as reports of an individual brandishing a weapon triggered a swift lockdown response. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of law enforcement and emergency responders, a potential crisis was averted.
Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz promptly addressed the UNC community through an email issued by University Communications. His detailed account of the incident and his heartfelt gratitude to the emergency responders and the Carolina community highlight the resilience and unity that define the university.
The incident unfolded at 12:55 p.m. when an Alert Carolina was activated due to reports of an individual with a weapon at the Student Union. UNC Police responded swiftly, and fortunately, no shots were fired. The incident was determined to be linked to a personnel matter within one of the university’s auxiliary units.
An “all clear” message was issued to the campus at approximately 2:10 p.m. confirming the removal of immediate threats and the arrest of a suspect. UNC Police continue to collaborate closely with the Chapel Hill Police Department to gather information and maintain a comprehensive response.
In response to the incident, UNC implemented proactive safety measures. Currently, the campus operates under Condition 3 until 5 p.m., transitioning to Condition 2 until 11:59 p.m. for the day. Residential classes for the remainder of the day were canceled, with classes scheduled to resume as usual the following day.
Chancellor Guskiewicz empathizes with the potential emotional impact of such events and encourages affected individuals to seek support. Students, including graduate and professional students and postdocs, are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students team or Counseling and Psychological Services. Faculty and staff are directed to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program.
Guskiewicz expressed deep appreciation for the UNC Police and Emergency Operations team for their rapid and efficient response. He also commended the faculty, staff, and students for their cooperation and patience during this challenging time, underscoring the university’s commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment.
As the UNC community stands together in the face of adversity, it is essential to stay informed through official channels and prioritize safety and support for all its members.
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