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 General Information

UNIVERSITY WEAPONS POLICY

Students that use cutting instruments for educational purposes must adhere to UNCSA storage procedures. No weapons of any kind in the residence halls OR carried throughout campus.

North Carolina General Statute § 14-269.2 prohibits the following on any property owned, used, or operated by UNCSA or at any UNCSA sponsored event.

To possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive,  BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), fireworks, or any sharp pointed or edged instrument. 

The exceptions to this include instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips, and tools used solely for the preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance.   A concealed handgun permit does not allow a person to carry a weapon on any school grounds.

UNIVERSITY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES POLICY 

North Carolina General Statutes (§ 90-89 through § 90-95) prohibit the possession, sale, use, delivery, or manufacture of drugs designated collectively as "controlled substances."  It is permissible for a person to possess and use a controlled substance legally prescribed for him/her by a licensed physician.

UNCSA Police enforce all laws regarding controlled substances.  Any person in violation of these laws is subject to both criminal charges and University disciplinary proceedings.  Any student found in violation of the UNCSA Controlled Substance Policy must complete the Substance Abuse Program.  Additional sanctions are stipulated in the UNCSA College Life Handbook Student Code of Conduct. 

 

UNIVERSITY SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe learning environment, free from assaultive crimes.  Sex offenses of any nature, including date rape, acquaintance rape, statutory rape, and intercourse with an incapacitated person, are considered very serious crimes.

The North Carolina Sex Crime Statute §14-27 prohibits:

  • Vaginal intercourse, sexual acts, or fondling by force and without consent.
  • Vaginal intercourse, sexual acts, or fondling with a victim whom the perpetrator knows is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless. [Having intercourse with a subject that is incapacitated due to alcohol or drug use may qualify under this statute.]

The legal “age of consent” to have sexual intercourse in North Carolina is sixteen (16) years old.   “Consent” of a subject less than sixteen years old is not a defense, nor is mistake of age a defense to statutory sex crimes in North Carolina. 

When a student has been the victim of a sexual offense, report the crime immediately to UNCSA Police by dialing “55” on any campus phone, 336-770-3362 from a cell phone or by activating any Emergency Call Box located throughout campus. If the crime occurs while you are off campus, dial 911.

If the sexual assault has just occurred, do not shower, bathe, or change clothes.  Do not disturb the area where the incident occurred, or touch any surfaces that may have relevant fingerprints, unless your immediate safety is in jeopardy. Contact police immediately and allow medical personnel to conduct an examination. 

If you are not reporting the crime immediately after an occurrence, save any clothing or personal items from the crime and report what evidence you still have in your possession.  Document any injuries that you received through medical treatment, photographs, and/or witnesses. 

A student or witness wishing not to report a sexual assault to authorities in order to pursue a criminal investigation may report the incident in confidence to the Director of Student Health. The Director will assist in submitting a blind/confidential report to the UNCSA Police for the purpose of inclusion in this annual disclosure of crime statistics.  Students who report a sexual assault to a member of the Counseling Center are assured that their report will remain confidential and will not result in a report to UNCSA Police or any other authorities unless the victim/survivor requests that the counselor make such a report.

When you call the UNCSA Police because you are the victim of a sex crime, this is our pledge to you.
WE WILL:

  • Meet with you privately, at a place of your choice in this area, to take a complaint report. If you feel more comfortable talking with a female or male officer, we will accommodate your request, if possible. 
  • Treat you with dignity, courtesy and respect.
  • Listen in a professional and sensitive manner, without pre-judging you or the facts presented.
  • Not release your name to the public or to the press.
  • Assist you in making arrangements or by providing you with transportation to the hospital or other appropriate medical treatment facility.  
  • Assist you in making arrangements for counseling services. 
  •  Fully investigate your case, strive to achieve the best possible outcome, and keep you up-to-date on the progress of the investigation and/or prosecution. 
  • Be available to answer questions, provide information, and/or accompany you to appointments, hearings, judicial proceedings,  or other associated meetings to insure your feeling of safety.
  • Consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or sexual orientation, and regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of the suspect.

Victim’s Rights: Upon request, UNCSA will change a victim’s academic and living situation after an alleged sex offense. We can insure that a victim will not reside on the same hallway as the accused. The administration will also accommodate requests for academic changes (if possible) so that the victim and accused are in separate sections, crews, or performances.

Disciplinary Action for Sexual Assault:  This will be handled through the Student Code of Conduct. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during any disciplinary proceedings. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.  Sanctions for any case of rape, acquaintance rape, or other forcible or non-forcible sex offense may range from suspension to expulsion. The full policy on sexual assault is found in the College Life Handbook and the Campus Life Handbook for High School Students.

The Sex Offender website is http://sexoffender.ncdoj.gov

MISSING STUDENT POLICY INFORMATION

UNCSA Administration, Student Life, and the UNCSA Department of Police and Public Safety will consider every claim or report of a missing student or other person a significant situation requiring immediate attention and investigation. 

UNCSA will provide a mechanism for college students to designate an emergency contact in the event that they are reported missing.  [Note: This does not apply to minors/all of high school] When college students provide their Personal Data Information to the Registrar’s Office, there is a data entry line to specify an emergency contact in the event that they are reported missing. This information is maintained in a confidential data base. This contact information is confidential and will only be used to assist in locating a student who has been reported missing or to comply with a valid court order.  This information will remain effective until updated, rescinded by the student, or the student separates from UNCSA.

Any member of the UNCSA community or other interested individual with reason to believe that a UNCSA student is missing should contact UNCSA Police immediately.  The police are available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

If a UNCSA Resident Assistant (RA) has not seen a student resident on their hall or in their assigned apartment area for a period of 24 hours and/or there is some question as to whether the student may be missing, the RA shall conduct a timely process to locate the student for a welfare check.  The Director of Residential Programs and Housing will be notified.

If the student has not been located after these initial measures, the RA shall contact UNCSA Police to report the student’s status and request assistance.  UNCSA Police will follow their protocol to locate the student.  Police will initiate a report, including as much information as possible about the missing student’s identity, description, and the circumstances leading to the belief that the person may be missing.  Police will attempt to locate the person reported missing. Within 24 hours of the time that UNCSA Police determine through investigating that an on-campus residential student is missing, police will make appropriate notifications about the student’s status.  Notifications will be to:

  • The student’s designated contact person, OR
  • In the event the student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated or a High School student, the student’s parent or legal guardian. and,
  • Local law enforcement.

 

UNCSA Police will work in a liaison role with anyone reporting a UNCSA student missing from off-campus housing.  UNCSA will assist the reporting party in contacting the police department having jurisdiction over the student’s off-campus residence. UNCSA Police will offer the police department having jurisdiction any assistance they may need in their investigation, including personnel to actively work the case with them. 

VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE POLICY INFORMATION

Violence of any sort is contrary to the UNC School of the Arts’ purpose of providing quality education and a safe working environment. This policy is being established as an anti-violence and violence-prevention policy.  Violence threatens the safety of personnel, and often the public, while threatening employee morale and productivity. This policy, therefore, applies to all employees of the UNC School of the Arts, including those that are temporary or contract. Additionally, any potentially threatening situation against an employee by a non-employee is to be reported.

Ignoring threats and violence can result in fatal incidents to faculty, staff, students or the public. Violence also affects morale, productivity, absenteeism, turnover, litigation costs, worker’s compensation costs, employment and training costs. Violence often follows established threat patterns and behavioral changes that are easily observed and reasonably predictable. Violence can be prevented or reduced by responding to threats effectively.

The UNCSA Police Policy on Threat Assessment and Violence Prevention states that, “this Department will facilitate a safe and secure environment in which to live, learn, work, and visit.” Preventing and dealing with acts of domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV), is a major component of this overall effort. Domestic violence can permeate lives, compromise personal safety, and result in tragic, if not, fatal consequences. Domestic violence occurs in heterosexual and same-sex couples, including: married and formerly married couples; couples with children in common; couples who live together or have lived together; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples; and couples who are dating or who have dated in the past.

UNCSA Police will extend their assistance beyond just preventing and dealing with incidents that occur on UNCSA owned or leased property. UNCSA Police will also facilitate, to the extent possible, preventative measures, protective orders, court escorts, and safety plans for UNCSA students, faculty, or staff victimized by domestic violence in an off-campus environment.  UNCSA Police cannot take law enforcement action off-campus, but can provide information, escorts, support, referrals, assigned safety officer(s), special communications arrangements, liaison with other police agencies, and safety plans.     

Threats or acts of domestic, intimate partner, or teen-dating violence shall not be tolerated. This Department will provide appropriate assistance, support and safety services to faculty, staff and/or students that are victims of domestic violence on or off-campus.

Officers shall utilize arrest and prosecution as a preferred means of police response to an act of domestic, intimate partner, or teen-dating violence within our jurisdiction.  When responding to an incident, officers shall complete a thorough investigation and effect an arrest of the predominant aggressor once probable cause is established.  Officers shall not arrest a person who acted in self-defense as defined by state statute.