Supporting our community

Dear UNCSA Community,

I am reaching out today to address the senseless act of violence that occurred last evening near our campus involving a student in the School of Design & Production. First, I want to assure you that this was an isolated incident and there is no current threat to our campus. Authorities acted swiftly last night to ensure the injured student received medical attention and was transported to a hospital. We are all grateful that the student’s injuries are not life-threatening and that the student is in stable condition. I know you will join me in sending our best wishes for a full recovery and support to the student’s family and friends during this difficult time. 

The Winston-Salem Police Department is currently conducting an investigation and we will follow their lead on sharing more information as it becomes available.
It is frightening and unsettling when random acts of violence occur, especially so close to home. We are a small, tight-knit community and many of you may know the student involved. I know it’s a shock to learn about such a terrible incident. It can make us all feel less safe in our daily lives. 

When something like this happens, we must prioritize our well-being and the strength of our community over normal day-to-day activities. In acknowledgment of this, our deans adjusted today’s class schedule. We have added sessions throughout the day to come together, share information, and answer any questions.

Please know that UNCSA Police & Public Safety will continue to do everything possible to keep our campus safe. They are available and patrol the campus 24/7. If you should ever feel unsafe or need assistance, dial 55 from a landline or 336-770-3362. I also encourage you to download our UNCSA Safety App, through which you can immediately chat with Dispatch and reach other campus resources.

We understand this event might cause distress or concern. Students can gather in Eisenberg until 2 p.m. today where counselors and Student Affairs staff will be available for conversations. If you need additional assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Counseling Center for a walk-in appointment or after-hours counseling at 855-726-1497. Faculty and staff may access the state’s 24/7 Employee Assistance Program administered by ComPysch by calling 888-311-4237 or download the Ginger mental health app at no cost to you.

Please support one another as we process this event together, and reach out for assistance if you need it.


Brian Cole

November 09, 2022