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Chief's Corner

29 October 2020

The General Election is rapidly approaching on Tuesday, November 3, and the Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) located in the Campus Commons will open for early voting on Friday, October 30. As we approach these dates, I would like to take this time to remind you of specific rules and laws that must be adhered to in order to uphold the integrity of the election process.

On Election Day, or at any time in an active polling place (such as early voting), persons may not participate in Electioneering. Under Colorado law, Electioneering (aka, campaigning) is prohibited from taking place either inside a polling place or within 100 feet of any building (Campus Commons) in which a polling location is located. In addition, electioneering is prohibited within 100 feet of a drop-box (lot A1 at the UC).

Voters may NOT advocate for the election or defeat of a candidate or a ballot measure either inside a polling place or within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place or drop-box. While inside a polling place, voters may NOT wear pins, t-shirts, hats, or other apparel that displays the name or likeness of any candidate who is on the ballot or bearing the number, title, subject or logo of a ballot issue or question that is on the ballot. Additionally, the soliciting of signatures for a candidate petition, a recall petition, or a petition to place a ballot issue or ballot question on a subsequent ballot may NOT occur within 100 feet of a polling place.

It is a criminal offense to attempt to influence someone’s vote by offering cash or other compensation to the voter.  This includes attempting to influence the vote for a specific candidate or issue, or to compensate an individual for failing to vote.

Colorado law prohibits state employees from using university resources to endorse or oppose an issue or candidate.  State employees may not campaign while on the job, take a position on behalf of the university or any part of it, or use the university’s infrastructure including phone, fax and e-mail to express political views.

Employees may campaign on their own time and expense.

Additional information can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State website.

Thank you,

Dennis R. Pumphrey
Chief of Police

25 September 2020 

The UNC Police Department would like to share with you some information reference recent internet scams and frauds occurring on campus.

Many times, scams and frauds can appear in your social media or email accounts. For example, an unknown person may request to be your friend or want you to follow them. Other times they may post a job opening from someone located out of state or the country. They will offer you employment but would first need you to deposit a check into your bank account. After depositing the check, you would be asked to then send them some monetary amount back minus your “pay” for services performed. They may ask you to purchase gift cards or Money Grams with the check you deposited into your checking account. These checks are always fake and will bounce, leaving you responsible to your bank for the outstanding amount.

In another scam, they may request you to perform some compromising activities in front of a camera and then demand you to send them an amount of money to insure they don’t forward the video or photos you provided them. They may even list your contacts to make the threat appear more legitimate.

A good rule of thumb for internet safety is to set all accounts to private and only friend people you know. Also, never send/share any personal information such as your bank account information and/or your social security number.

Of note, there has been an increase in bike thefts throughout the university. As a reminder, it is very important to have your bike always locked. In reviewing the bike theft reports, it was found that many bikes were stolen by cutting the cable locks. The UNCPD recommends the use of U-locks. The U-locks are extremely difficult to cut through and the suspect would need to take more substantial measures to break the lock. We recommend that you register your bikes through UNC Parking Services, and they will provide you with a U-lock.  

If you notice or experience any suspicious activity on campus, please contact the UNC Police.  

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Rick McNair
UNC Police Captain