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Search for UNC Charlotte’s fifth chancellor underway

UNC Charlotte has begun the search for the University’s fifth chancellor to replace Philip Dubois, the longest serving chancellor in the entire University of North Carolina System, holding his position at UNC Charlotte since 2005.

UNC Charlotte has completed the first of many steps in order to find the school’s next chancellor, naming the official search committee. The search committee includes 16 representatives, seven of who currently serve on the institution’s Board of Trustees, the highest governing body of the institution. 

UNC Charlotte said in a statement that Michael L. Wilson ’93, chair of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees, will oversee this committee.

Wilson commented saying, “The search committee is a diverse and accomplished group of leaders who are passionate about UNC Charlotte’s mission and values.” 

Wilson went on to add, “Since Chancellor Dubois announced his intention to retire a year in advance, it allows the search committee ample time to recruit and recommend high quality, visionary candidates to lead the next chapter of this great university.”

The next two steps include selecting an outside search firm to do background checks and seeking out qualified candidates to add to a candidate pool. At the same time, the third step — the campus community giving insight into what they want in the University’s next chancellor — has already begun. UNC Charlotte has opened an online public forum where students, staff, alumni and any member of the public can provide comments about what they want in UNC Charlotte’s next chancellor.

After these steps are complete, UNC Charlotte will begin drafting a leadership statement in coordination with a third-party search firm which will list what they are looking for in the school’s next chancellor and a candidate pool of nearly two dozen candidates will be initially chosen by the search committee and search firm. That list of candidates will then be reviewed, evaluated and narrowed to a smaller pool of candidates.

At this point, the process becomes confidential so as to not compromise the selection process or identities of candidates. “Airport interviews” are done often in a hotel near a local airport to protect the identity of candidates.

Once the Search Committee identifies ideal candidates, they will submit those to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees who will then vote on candidates to recommend to UNC System Interim President Bill Roper.

Upon receiving the three candidates, the president of the UNC System will conduct extensive background checks and interviews to identify one final candidate to submit to the Board of Governors or send the process back to the Board of Trustees for further consideration. 

The Board of Governors will review the candidate and the terms of appointment to office and vote to elect or deny the nominee to the position of chancellor, thus eventually approving the next chancellor of UNC Charlotte.

The policy of selecting chancellors was recently revised after failed searches at Western Carolina and East Carolina. The search at Western Carolina was compromised when a board member revealed candidate information to the outside consulting firm. Additional problems arose at the state level, when a Board of Governors member requested to be named acting chancellor. The search at East Carolina failed when the outside search firm faced various challenges during the selection process and opted to return or refund the payment it received from the UNC System. 

UNC Charlotte is expected to attract candidates from across the nation as it is one of the fastest growing and largest universities in North Carolina at almost 30,000 students. 

The new chancellor will join Bonnie Cone, who served as the director of the Charlotte Center from 1946-1949, President of Charlotte College from 1949-1965 and acting chancellor from 1965-1966, followed by Dean W. Colvard, who was the first official chancellor of UNC Charlotte serving from 1966-1978, followed by the second chancellor E.K. Fretwell who served from 1978-1989, followed by James H Woodward who served 1989 until 2005, to the current Chancellor Philip Dubois, who has served UNC Charlotte as chancellor since 2005 as well as provost from 1991-1997.

The next leader of UNC Charlotte will be charged with the adoption of a new “master-plan” for UNC Charlotte’s facilities, addressing the safety at UNC Charlotte following the on-campus shooting in April 2019 and addressing additional fields of growth including a medical school, law school and other programs that have been discussed in recent years.

Philip Dubois will officially leave his post at UNC Charlotte on June 30, 2020. Dubois shared this summer that he and his wife will retire in Georgia.

Man stabbed at University City IHOP

On Sept. 1 just after 7 a.m, a Charlotte man was stabbed with a knife multiple times at a local IHOP just minutes from UNC Charlotte. The man suffered “serious injuries” according to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officers who described the event. During the attack, the suspect stole the $80 cash from the victim and fled on foot.

The victim, 47, was rushed by Charlotte Medic to Charlotte Medical Center Main for treatment for the multiple knife wounds. The injuries, while serious, were not life threatening. 

The victim was not able to identify the suspect, and an arrest has not been made in this case. Anyone with information can contact the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department with information through Crime Stoppers and students can submit anonymous tips though the UNC Charlotte LiveSafe App. 

This incident was one of many violent crimes which struck the University City District this week as two people were left dead and an additional three were injured in shootings near the University. The first shooting left one man dead after authorities with CMPD discovered a crashed automobile with a man inside who had been fatally shot. The second shooting was provoked by a fight over a $10 charge to enter a party at 49 North Apartments. A man was shot fatally in the head, and two UNC Charlotte students were sustained non-life threatening injuries. From that same shooting, a man walked into the University City Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest, which was immediately labeled as life threatening.

This week there were also over a dozen assaults as well as a reported sexual assault near UNC Charlotte.

Gunman opens fire at 49 North Student Apartments killing one person, injuring three others near UNC Charlotte

Two UNC Charlotte students shot.

Just before one in the morning on Saturday Aug. 31, a gunman opened fire at 49 North Student Apartments, shooting four people one of which later died. The shooting prompted a wide-spread response from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department and additional agencies which swarmed the University City district. 

The dispatch from Charlotte’s Emergency Call Center informed first responders that a victim had been shot in the back, another victim had been shot in the leg and a third victim had been shot in the head. 

An additional victim walked into the University Hospital Lobby with a gunshot wound to the chest, which was labeled as a life-threatening injury by hospital staff. 

When CMPD arrived on the scene, officers found what they described as a “party” with students everywhere. Due to the large amount of witnesses, additional units had to be called in to help control the scene. 

Emergency Crews began transporting a victim with life threatening injuries to the University City Hospital where they were transported via helicopter to Atrium Health’s Carolina Medical Center. The remaining victims were transported by ambulance to Atrium Health’s Carolina Medical Center.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department announced roughly an hour after the shooting that one of the victims had died from injuries sustained from the shooting while another still had life-threatening injuries.

“This is now a homicide investigation. 1 of the victims has been pronounced deceased at the hospital.” CMPD News (@CMPD)

UNC Charlotte said in a statement that two of its students had sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds and that the University would be providing assistance to these students. 

UNC Charlotte went on to add the University has no connection to the other two victims, one of which died early this morning with the other remaining in critical condition. 

“NinerNotice: Around 2 a.m., there was a shooting during a party at the 49er North Apartments, approx. 2 miles from campus on Rebecca Bailey Dr. Two students sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The University is providing support to them. More: bit.ly/2jc9yfc(@NinerAlerts)

This summer, a woman was kidnapped and raped at these same apartments at gunpoint.

Drew Pescaro, a UNC Charlotte Student and Survivor of the April 30 on-campus shooting, took to social media to address the recent shooting. 

“Can’t even make it a month into the school year without something like this happening right near campus… makes me sick” — Drew Pescaro (@DrewP617)

This is an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department or CrimeStoppers by dialing 704-334-1600.

UNC Charlotte Student Vivek Pathipati killed on University City Boulevard

On the evening of Aug. 2, UNC Charlotte Computer Science Master’s student Vivek Pathipati, 24, was walking along University City Boulevard when he was hit and killed by a van. The incident occurred in the 9800 block right by student housing complex Boulevard98.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police closed University City Boulevard for nearly three hours while investigating the fatality. Authorities said, “There is no designated crosswalk at the intersection where the incident occurred.” Police went on to add that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

The death of Pathipati joins that of Riley Howell and Ellis Reed Parlier, victims of the UNC Charlotte shooting, totaling three UNC Charlotte students who have died in 2019. Last year, UNC Charlotte mourned the loss of Polly Rogers, who fell from the window of a party bus.

UNC Charlotte said in a statement on Aug. 5, “UNC Charlotte mourns the loss of international graduate student Vivek Pathipati who was a master’s student in Computer Science. Vivek was a valued member of the Niner Nation and the University’s international student community. UNC Charlotte extends its deepest condolences to his family and his friends.”

UNC Charlotte’s International Student and Scholar Office said in a statement to students, “We are grateful to have known him and he will always be remembered as an important part of the international student community at UNC Charlotte.”

Members of the community and friends of Pathipati have raised over $30,000 on GoFundMe to send his remains to his parents in Bangalore, India and to help with funeral expenses.

In February, the Niner Times reported on over 50 complaints released by the City of Charlotte regarding pedestrian safety concerns in the area. One local resident said, “The signaling pedestrian crossing does not work, [making it] very dangerous to cross the road,” while another resident said, “I can’t cross the street from my parking lot without almost getting hit. There are no sidewalks or crosswalks. Very dangerous. Plus, drivers are always speeding in this area.”

North Carolina’s Department of Transportation has begun planning for a project which will focus on pedestrian safety and address the concerns from students. According to the NCDOT, the purposes of the proposed project are to “reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic flow, and enhance traffic operations on N.C. 49. The project would improve the safety of drivers and pedestrians who use and cross N.C. 49 by using an innovative design called Reduced Conflict Intersections to accommodate the students and bicyclists, a 12-foot multi-use path is proposed to be constructed on both sides of N.C. 49.”

The City of Charlotte is working on a separate plan named “vision zero” which is a comprehensive plan to reduce traffic-related deaths to zero in the next two decades. 

NC legislators visit UNC Charlotte after passing $45 million in aid for campus improvements

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) visited UNC Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 2, where he discussed the $45 million in the legislative-passed budget for the renovations of the Burson and Cameron buildings. Moore was joined by a great showing of legislative leaders including Reps. Jason Saine ’95, Dean Arp ’99, John Torbett, Craig Horn, Linda Johnson and Sen. Dan Bishop, according to a release from UNC Charlotte. 

UNC Charlotte Board of Trustee member Teross Young ’93 and Provost Joan Lorden welcomed Moore to campus. Speaker Moore and the legislators heard about the importance of renovating the Burson and Cameron buildings to increase lab and classroom space for fast-growing fields including STEM, computing and informatics, engineering and other physical sciences. The group also visited the site of the new $90 million science building currently under construction, funded by the Connect NC bond passed during Moore’s first term as speaker of the North Carolina House in 2016. The building, scheduled to open in 2021, will have 130,000 square feet of flexible classroom and laboratory space.

In March, the NinerTimes reported that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited campus to tour the Burson and Cameron buildings. Governor Cooper also came to campus April 30 and May 1 in the aftermath of the UNC Charlotte school shooting. 

In March, more than 30 state legislators attended a dinner hosted by Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and the Board of Trustees in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the time, the University was seeking funding for renovations of the Cameron and Burson buildings as well as enrollment growth funding and salary increases for faculty and staff. Dubois reiterated these priorities at the dinner with state leaders.

“It was very heartening to see the passion and excitement of our regional legislators for UNC Charlotte and I was greatly encouraged by their support of our priorities.” said Dubois.

Chancellor Dubois shares his retirement plans

In a year full of institutional leadership change at both the local and state level of the UNC system, its longest-serving chancellor, Philip L. Dubois of UNC Charlotte, joined the list of those exiting, announcing his plans to retire in June 2020. His announcement comes after Joe Price, Chair of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees for eight years, left the University due to term limits. 

Dubois explained the chancellor position at UNC Charlotte is a dream job that will attract candidates from across the nation, and he is ready to help the next chancellor in any way possible. Dubois also spoke on the success he had as the UNC System’s longest-serving chancellor, investing $1.2 billion into the campus as its student body population grew at the highest rate in the entire UNC System. Dubois credited the success of UNC Charlotte not only to himself but to his wife and the team he has helped build at UNC Charlotte, from individual professors to his executive cabinet. 

In a press conference at the Harris Alumni Center, Chancellor Dubois and his wife Lisa addressed the media explaining they had bought a house in Georgia to retire in. Dubois made the decision to retire 18-20 months ago, and clarified that his decision was not based on the recent school-shooting on UNC Charlotte’s main campus. 

Dubois emphasized some of the challenges the next chancellor will face, including expanding online education and expanding the university.

Dubois gave extended notice of his retirement to allow the UNC Board of Governors to take their time conducting a nationwide search for the next leader of the university. The Board has already had to fill multiple vacancies system-wide in the past two years, including the president of the UNC System.  According to data provided by the UNC System, UNC Charlotte will join East Carolina, Fayetteville State, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts and Western Carolina, who all have first-year or interim chancellors. UNC Asheville and Elizabeth City State have chancellors entering only their second year.

Among the most challenging moments he faced as chancellor, said Dubois, was the school shooting, which took the lives of both Riley Howell and Ellis Reed Parlier and injured four others on April 30, 2019. He also mentioned the recession, which forced budget cuts and the termination of some university employees. 

University City police officer shoots and kills gunman when responding to shots-fired call

A little after midnight on Aug. 2, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department received a call from a female located at the same residence in the 3100 block Ernest Russell Court where police had been called to just four hours earlier for a domestic disturbance. The female caller stated that her father was armed with a gun, and as the 911 operator was speaking with her, the operator heard gunshots fired in the background.  

University City officers arrived at the scene where a wounded female informed the officers that her brother in-law had shot her. She additionally stated that “her sister was still inside the home with the suspect and that she believed the suspect was going to kill her,” as is quoted in the CMPD press release.

University City officer John Juhasz, who has been with CMPD since February 2017, entered the house to confront the armed shooter, and fatally shot the man who was later identified as 45-year-old Delano Williams. Williams was transported to the hospital where he later died from his gunshot wounds. The female victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, was transported to the hospital and is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police had been called to the home that same evening at 8:08 p.m when neighbors reported yelling next-door.  The officers arrived at the scene and determined that the suspects had already left. 

A firearm believed to be in the suspect’s possession at the time of the shooting was recovered at the scene. Crime Scene Search responded to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team, Victim Services, Charlotte Fire Department, MEDIC, and Operations Command also responded to the scene.

A CMPD representative said in a statement, “As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  Per department protocol, the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.”

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Pearson is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois announces retirement

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois, has announced his plans to retire from his position effective June 30, 2020, in an email to the UNC Charlotte community. He currently is the longest-serving Chancellor in the UNC System, holding the position at UNC Charlotte since 2005.

Dubois became UNC Charlotte’s fourth chancellor in July 2005. During his 14-year tenure, he has effectively managed the UNC system’s fastest-growing and third-largest institution by headcount with a 43 percent growth in enrollment since 2005. The university has simultaneously made steady and significant improvements in the academic credentials and ethnic diversity of incoming freshmen and transfers. 

Dubois called the announcement “bittersweet,” saying, “It is now time for Lisa and me to move on to our next adventure! This was not an easy decision for us. UNC Charlotte is a special place, with wonderful faculty and staff colleagues, and talented students. And the same can be said of this wonderful city, which we have watched grow and develop in size and stature. But the time is right for us to make this transition.”

Dubois went on to elaborate on the timing of the announcement stating, “that announcing now will give UNC Charlotte’s Board of Trustees, Interim President Roper and the UNC System Board of Governors ample time to conduct a national search for the next Chancellor.” The UNC system has recently been tasked with replacing chancellors at universities including UNC Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State, Western Carolina and the UNC School of the Arts. Additionally, the UNC System currently has an interim President after former UNC System president, Margaret Spellings, resigned last year.

When asked about Dubois, UNC System Interim President Bill Roper said, “He is an innovative thinker and strategic planner who has steered UNC Charlotte through a period of significant growth to become the highly respected and nationally prominent institution that it now is. We look forward to continuing our work with him during the upcoming academic year and will wish him all the best when he steps down in June. He will be greatly missed.”

The new chair of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees commented on Dubois resignation as well saying, “Under Chancellor Dubois’ visionary leadership, the University has seen unprecedented growth in student enrollment, academic programs, research funding, and expansion of the physical campus.”

Dubois’ resignation accompanies the exit of former chair of the UNC board of trustees, Joe Price, who left the university this summer due to term limits. 

Dubois has been very involved in the Charlotte community. He currently serves on the boards or Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, NC Campus Compact, Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, and Center City Partners. He previously served on the Boards of Envision Charlotte, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, University City Partners, Charlotte Regional Partnership, and United Way of the Carolinas. Dubois has also been active in intercollegiate athletics including current service on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Conference USA.

7-Eleven near campus robbed at gunpoint

According to a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police report, five suspects attempted an armed robbery of a local 7-Eleven located at 8101 Old Concord Rd around 5:30 a.m. on June 28.

Two of the five subjects threatened the employees of the store with a handgun; however, they were not able to get away with any cash from the store and no one was injured in the incident.

The five suspects fled the store on foot into the “Newell Crossing” neighborhood, evading the police. Police were able to locate the suspects hours later and after a brief standoff with Charlotte SWAT, the suspects surrendered themselves to police. Officers charged Zaire Witherspoon, 19, Kiyara Stevens, 16, Nathan Bellamy, 18, Paris Lee, 19, and Dontavia McMorris, 16, with attempted armed robbery from a business and conspiracy to commit robbery from a business.

Anyone with additional information can contact the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police by dialing 911 or submit anonymous tips online through Crime Stoppers. 7-Eleven did not respond to a request for comment in regards to this incident. 

Armed robbery at the local Jack in the Box

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police reports that the Jack in the Box located near campus at 10121 N Tryon Street was robbed at gunpoint by an unknown assailant on June 30.

The robbery happened just before 10 p.m. when the assailant rushed into the restaurant and brandished two handguns, forcing one of the employees to the back of the store by gunpoint. 

The suspect made off with an unknown sum from the business and, once caught, will face charges including armed robbery, kidnapping and larceny. None of the three employees in the store were injured.

This case is open, and the suspects are still at large, while the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department continues to investigate. Anyone with information can contact CMPD by dialing 911 or submit anonymous tips online through Crime Stoppers. 

This incident is one of numerous gun-related crimes that took place in University City these past few weeks. On June 22, a woman was kidnapped and raped at gunpoint and her car was stolen after she escaped her attacker.

Two days later, a man was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of Fitness Connection. The assailant made off with the victim’s car and his belongings. 

On June 28, a 7-Eleven near campus was also robbed at gunpoint, and on June 29, an unknown individual stole someone’s car from Haven 49 Student Apartments. 

NinerAlerts don’t follow you everywhere

After an influx of violence near UNC Charlotte’s campus, some members of the community are criticizing the University for failing to issue safety alerts. In the past few weeks, police reports obtained by the Niner Times show hundreds of crimes including armed assaults, grand theft autos and sexual assaults, including the recent kidnapping and rape of a woman at 49 North Student Apartments. 

A reaction on Reddit to the recent kidnapping at 49 North read, “Why was this not announced? I’m just now hearing about it.” The user pointed out she had received six emails about a thunderstorm the night of the assault, but nothing about the crime itself. 

Another Reddit user responded to the original concern saying, “You’d think/hope this would be a more pressing concern.” While another person responded, “It’s okay, they notified us about the same thunderstorm six times so we are all good.”

UNC Charlotte’s Police Chief Jeffrey Baker, Emergency Management Director Chris Gonyar and Communications Director for Business Affairs Christy Jackson responded to the concerns saying they “do not issue safety alerts for off-campus incidents unless it is an immediate threat to the campus community.”

Chief Baker also explained that UNC Charlotte’s Police Department regularly listens to a mutual aid channel with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and responds to CMPD when called or learns otherwise of a serious crime off-campus. However, UNC Charlotte police lack the resources to monitor all off-campus crime because it is out of their primary jurisdiction.

The CMPD posts updates on social media regarding ongoing crimes but does not offer a service similar to NinerAlerts, which inform the community almost instantly about threats in the area. Gonyar and Baker reiterated that when there is an active or alleged threat to campus they notify the community without hesitation. Gonyar also explained that many safety alerts from the University are sent automatically when the National Weather Service issues a weather-related alert in the surrounding area.

However, UNC Charlotte issued a NinerNotice for an off-campus fatal shooting at University Village Apartments on May 1. Chief Baker described the incident as a unique circumstance due to the shooting a day before on UNC Charlotte’s main campus. Gonyar and Baker maintained that during normal circumstances they would not issue an alert unless a situation had an immediate threat to campus.

Jackson expressed how important it is for students to make sure that their contact information is up to date in the university official system so in the event of an active threat to campus they can receive updates. Visit this link for instructions on updating your information. Jackson also stressed that students should save the campus police number to their phones: 704-687-2200. Calls to 911 from campus are not routed to UNC Charlotte Police, but rather to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg dispatch.

Jackson and Baker recommended ALICE (Active-Shooter) training, explaining that it isn’t for just school shootings but rather all emergency circumstances. They explained that more information will be available to students closer to the start of school in the fall about additional training opportunities. Chief Baker also stressed the importance of LiveSafe, an app where students can live chat anonymously with UNC Charlotte police, and encouraged all students to begin using it.

Car-related thefts persist in the UNC Charlotte area

According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police reports obtained by the Niner Times, multiple vehicles have been stolen in recent weeks in the University City area. 

The latest report filed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department shows an automobile was stolen from the Haven49 Student Apartments on June 29. Additional reports show two cases of theft from an automobile at the same apartment complex during the same day. 

A day before at around the same time, another automobile was stolen less than a mile from Haven49.

Five automobiles have been stolen in the past week, four of which were stolen within one mile of each other around off-campus student housing. One of these stolen vehicles resulted in the kidnapping and rape of a woman at the 49 North Student Apartments. After the victim escaped the car, the assailant stole the vehicle and led a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer on a brief chase before abandoning the vehicle.

Vickie Roebuck, who has previously had a vehicle stolen from Haven49, shared her experience after reviewing parking deck security footage that showed “someone drove it out (of the parking deck) at 5 a.m. and it was found two weeks later in a parking lot in Huntersville.”

Kacie Wagner, whose boyfriend’s car was the one stolen from Haven49 on June 29, shared that “police located the vehicle also in Huntersville with the window and ignition busted.”

During June, 38 reports were submitted by the CMPD regarding the theft of or from an automobile within a 2-mile radius of UNC Charlotte. 

Since Jan 1, there have been 123 total reported cars stolen or broken into within that same 2-mile radius of UNC Charlotte. It is unclear how many of those vehicles have been recovered.

Anyone with information about a stolen vehicle can contact CMPD by dialing 911 or submit anonymous tips online to crime stoppers. 

Armed robbery at Fitness Connection joins a series of crimes in the University City area

Charlotte Mecklenburg police reported an armed robbery in the 8700 Block of JW Clay Blvd on Monday, June 24. 

A person, allegedly armed with a handgun, stole a vehicle as well as several thousand dollars worth of cash and personal belongings from an individual in the parking lot of Fitness Connection near UNC Charlotte. 

While it is not clear if a suspect has been captured in connection to the robbery, once apprehended, the suspect will face charges including simple assault, armed robbery, theft from a motor vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department by dialing 911 or submit anonymous tips online through the Crime Stoppers website. UNC Charlotte students can also submit anonymous tips directly to campus police with the Livesafe app. 

This incident is a part of a growing number of off-campus crimes that have been troubling the University City district in recent weeks. This week alone there have been over one hundred reports of criminal activity within a two-mile radius of UNC Charlotte. Crimes reported include assault, grand theft auto, armed robbery and other miscellaneous crimes, including the kidnapping and rape of a woman at 49 North Student Apartments. 

UNC Charlotte, which has a police force separate from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, has recently experienced minimal amounts of crime on campus. As the Niner Times reported this past fall, UNC Charlotte has reduced on-campus crime to near-record lows despite the rapid growth of the student body. In 2017, there were 33 reported cases of burglary compared with 154 in 2010.

UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees approves sale of alcohol at sporting events

During a meeting on April 12, the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of a proposal made by Athletic Director Mike Hill to approve a provisional plan for alcohol sales at UNC Charlotte sporting events. 

The one-year pilot program to sell alcohol was contingent on legislation proposed in the North Carolina General Assembly that allowed the Board of Trustees to set regulations regarding the sale of alcohol in the UNC System. That bill was passed after months of review from N.C. lawmakers and sent to the Governor’s office, who signed the bill into law on June 26. 

According to records from the Board of Trustees meeting, alcohol will be sold at football, baseball, basketball and soccer games starting fall of 2019. The trustees also discussed the revenue that alcohol sales would produce and addressed the other sports which would not have alcohol available. 

According to comments obtained by WSOC-TV, UNC Charlotte plans to closely monitor fan behavior and alcohol-related incidents during this one-year pilot program. 

It was not immediately clear if UNC Charlotte planned to issue any revisions to University Policy 706 which addresses the consumption and sale of alcohol. The University has, however, recently established new regulations on tailgating, which were approved by Chancellor Dubois on May 8.