You may be aware that yesterday afternoon a horrific incident of gun violence took place on the campus of UNC Charlotte where 2 people were killed and four others were injured.
Though the circumstances surrounding the tragic scene are still becoming clear, we are profoundly saddened for and grieve alongside the families and friends of the victims, the students, faculty and staff, and the entire UNC Charlotte community.
We understand that this tragedy hits close to home, and it is unthinkable that we would experience such a devastating act within our UNC System. We, as BraveNation, will stand with our sister university and are offering any and all support needed.
I want to also take this opportunity to remind you of UNC Pembroke’s emergency and safety procedures. While UNCP is consistently rated as one of the safest campuses in the UNC System and across our state, it is important to always remain prepared in the event an incident occurs on our campus.
I encourage all members of our campus community to review our EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN and ACTIVE SHOOTER GUIDELINES to become familiar with how best to protect yourself on campus. Please remember Police & Public Safety is available as a resource, and you can contact them at 910.521.6235. If you feel threatened or have an emergency situation, please dial 911. Finally, please ensure you have downloaded our LiveSafe app and are familiar with how to use it. This is a great tool to ensure your personal safety while on campus and communicate directly with law enforcement in the event of an emergency.
We understand this is tragic news at the close of the semester when students should be celebrating their academic accomplishments. If you need to talk or would like help, counseling services are available through UNCP’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Please join me in continuing to stand by Niner Nation and offering our support, thoughts and prayers as they recover in the days ahead.
Robin Gary Cummings, MD