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Message from the Chancellor: May 1, 2019

 

May 1, 2019

Dear NCCU Community:                                       

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) would like to bring to your attention numerous university resources related to unexpected emergency situations, including an active shooter, on campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to familiarize themselves with information that is provided through the NCCU’s Police Department, Office of Legal Affairs, Office of Human Resources and Division of Student Affairs, including protocols, policies and trainings.

Emergency Operations

The NCCU Police Department regularly conducts emergency trainings and drills. Updates to the university’s Emergency Operations Plan are made on an annual basis. An excellent resource is the RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter video that is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and provides real-life situational instructions for surviving an active shooter event. Please view it here and share it with your colleagues and family members.

You are encouraged to have your Eagle Card in your wallet or somewhere on your person in the event you are asked to provide verification of your status as a student, faculty or staff member.

Additionally, the university’s Emergency Operations Plan, a document that outlines the university’s response to critical situations, is online here. It includes the following instructions that are specific to an active shooter situation:

Active Shooter

Emergency lockdown procedures for an “Active Shooter” when the outside sirens and Eagle Alerts are activated are as follows:

  • If outside, immediately seek shelter within a building or leave campus immediately.
  • If within a building, seek shelter in a room that can be secured (locked)
  • Once you are locked into a room, have all occupants silence their phones but continue to monitor them for Eagle Alert updates via text and email
  • Turn off all lights and remain quiet, waiting for clearly identified Law Enforcement Officers to give the “all clear.”
  • Do not wander into the hallways. Do not approach Law Enforcement Officers conducting a building search.
  • If a Law Enforcement Officer approaches you, immediately show them your hands with palms open and facing outwards towards the Officer(s).
  • If you have injured persons in the room, text 911 from your mobile phone and communicate it to Durham’s 911 operators. Be sure to tell them you are on NCCU’s campus and provide your exact location.
  • Do not leave your location until told by law enforcement or told to do so by an updated Eagle Alert message.

If you are not receiving Eagle Alerts or need to update your contact information, please use the instructions below:

  1. Go to www.nccu.edu and log in to myEOL.
  2. Select “Banner SSB.”
  3. Select “Update Address and Phone.”
  4. For type of address to insert, select “HR Payroll/W2 Information.”
  5. Go to phone type and select “Emergency,” then enter the phone number to which you want messaging sent.

Policies

The university has several policies in place that address issues from workplace violence to weapons on campus. A list of all NCCU’s applicable policies, regulations and rules can be accessed here.

Mental Health Resources

Students: The end of the semester and exams are stressful times. Please ensure that you maintain your physical health, mental health and well-being. Should you or someone you know need assistance, please seek help through Student Counseling Services in the Student Health Building (919-530-6317) or visit the website for hours and additional information: http://www.nccu.edu/counseling/index.cfm. The Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue can also provide counsel (919-530-7646) and is located in the Student Services Building.

Faculty and Staff: Members of the faculty and staff community can access the Employees Assistance Program for confidential assistance. Details are available at:

ComPsych Guidance Resources Flyer: https://www.nccu.edu/formsdocs/proxy.cfm?file_id=3092

ComPsych NCCU Letter and HIPPA Privacy Notice:

https://www.nccu.edu/formsdocs/proxy.cfm?file_id=3094

Additionally, the Campus Recreational Center in the LeRoy T. Walker Complex is open to students, faculty and staff and offers a variety of sports and exercise classes and fitness equipment, as well as membership opportunities.

Always remember: If you see something, say something. Call 919-530-6106 or 911 immediately if you see or notice suspicious activity.  NCCU Police have a confidential emergency tip line (919-530-3847). Each of you are the eyes and ears for our campus and help keep one another safe. Let us continue to be vigilant not only at NCCU, but throughout our communities.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.

Chancellor

Published: Thursday, May 02, 2019
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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