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Per our Timely Warning Policy, the UNC Police Department may post new information on this page relating to situations on or off campus. If you have any questions concerning the timely warnings, or any information you feel could warrant a timely warning, please contact the UNC Police Department at (970) 351-2245.

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November 12,2014


The UNC Police Department is currently investigating two reports of alleged sexual assaults that may have occurred on campus within the past two weeks. The information available to the University Police is limited based on the reporting circumstances of the individual cases.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), while acknowledging that you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, offers these personal safety steps to help reduce the risk of being assaulted:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
  • Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
  • Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
  • When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.).
  • Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you’ve left your drink alone, just get a new one.
  • Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust. If you choose to accept a drink, go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, don’t drink from the punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
  • Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they’ve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  • If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.). Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

If you believe that you or a friend have been a victim of sexual violence, you may report the incident to various departments including:

The University Police Department at (970) 351-2245

The Assault Survivors Advocacy Program (ASAP) at (970) 351-1490 or (970) 351-4040

Additional resources and policy statements may be found at

Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police

June 27,2014


The UNC Police Department received a report of indecent exposure on central campus near Garden Theater about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

The subject was caught on video and positively identified by a witness. Please view the Crime Alert flyer to view the photo. If you recognize the individual or were in the area and saw this person, please contact the UNC Police Department at (970) 351-2245 and reference case number 1402019.

The subject’s description is similar to another incident of indecent exposure that occurred at about noon May 30 near 10th Avenue and 17th Street. In this incident the male got off his bike, spoke to a witness, and then exposed himself. In Thursday’s incident, the male didn’t speak to anyone and exposed himself while riding his bike.

In both incidents, the subject is described as a white male, with dark hair and average build. The male in the first case was riding a grey mountain bike and wearing a white shirt. In the second case, the male was riding a dark-colored BMX bike and wearing a black baseball cap.

Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police

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