By now you may know that police have arrested and charged two suspects in connection with the investigation of Eve Carson’s death. We are grateful for the intense efforts by the Chapel Hill Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Our interests are in seeing justice served and helping our community during this difficult time.
As you prepare to return to Carolina next week, we want you to know what we are doing to help ease your transition.
When you are back on campus, counselors from Counseling and Wellness Services will remain available to talk to about last week’s tragedy. We encourage you to call 919-966-3658 for assistance. Please also consider seeking support from your friends, faculty and others on campus with whom you are comfortable. I believe it is important that we continue to console each other. Advisers in our residence halls and the Dean of Students Office, 919-966-4042, will be available to provide help and support.
I already e-mailed you about the celebration of Eve’s life on Tuesday, March 18, in the Dean E. Smith Center. Details are at the Web link devoted to Eve from the Carolina home page, www.unc.edu. I hope you can attend.
Even with the arrests in Eve’s case, we understand that some of you may be concerned about campus safety. Our nationally accredited Department of Public Safety has trained officers who patrol campus on a regular basis around the clock. These officers work very closely with the Chapel Hill Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, and we will continue to strengthen those relationships even further.
Because it is important for everyone to think seriously about safety, we are proceeding with a safety awareness campaign called Alert Carolina — something we have been working on for months. We have mailed to your campus or local residence a brochure that includes safety information, including details about a siren system designed to alert people outside about a life-threatening situation. The brochure also encourages you to sign up for emergency text messages from the University by registering your cell phone number if has text capability. You may keep that number private; we will only use it in an emergency or to test the system. Those text message alerts and the sirens are the best ways we have to communicate quickly with the campus community. When you visit alertcarolina.unc.edu, you will also find safety tips and other information about University resources. Thanks for your support of these educational efforts as we work to keep the Carolina campus safe.
Finally, we are all devastated about the circumstances of Eve’s death. However, we must remember the example that Eve set for how the members of this community interact with one another. She was compassionate and inclusive in her dealings with everyone. She embodied the values of Carolina, which include fairness, justice and tolerance. We must remain strong as a community, supporting each other and avoiding divisions. We will honor Eve by being the university that she knew when she talked about “the Carolina Way.”
I think you all would be heartened to know that expressions of support have poured in for the Carolina family and our local community in these past few days. These kind thoughts and prayers for Eve Carson’s family and our community have reinforced the ideals that our University holds dear.