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UNC system takes 'proactive approach' to curb on-campus crime

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The University of North Carolina system will conduct an extensive review of safety procedures at state schools in hopes to find ways to make campus safer for students. The University of North Carolina system will conduct an extensive review of safety procedures at state schools in hopes to find ways to make campus safer for students.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

State universities in North Carolina are trying to get ahead of the curve in regard to crime on campus.

Starting Tuesday, the University of North Carolina system will begin an extensive review of safety procedures at state schools in hopes to find ways to make campus safer for students.

North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson and N.C. A&T State University Chancellor Harold Martin will co-chair the initiative.

In announcing plans for the initiative this summer, UNC President Tom Ross acknowledged that concerns about sexual assault and other violent crimes, campus security and crime reporting are topics of conversation throughout higher education.

"This is an important initiative for us, and we're taking a very proactive approach," Ross said.

While data shows that the overall crime rate for UNC campuses is significantly below the statewide crime rate, Ross said all campuses should be "appropriately focused on safety and security."

The UNC system is expected to make the recommendation for campus safety in spring 2014. Some of the recommendation will be system-wide, while others will be campus specific.

In 2011, N.C. State reported seven sexual assaults, six robberies, nine aggravated assaults, 41 burglaries and 12 instances of motor vehicle theft.

UNC Chapel Hill reported 12 sexual assaults, three robberies, three aggravated assaults, 35 burglaries and three instances of motor vehicle theft during the same time period.

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