UPDATE Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 8:20 p.m.  
Message from the Office of the Chancellor: 
Update #5
Dear UNC Asheville Faculty and Staff Colleagues and Students,

This academic year has challenged our University community in many ways. In addition to our need to remain vigilant about COVID-19 and to deal with the stresses in our democracy, the University was the target of a threat yesterday for having a Black Lives Matter mural on our campus. As all of us know, there are those that see our commitment to racial justice, our support for our students of color, our intention to raise awareness of history and to reject the ongoing violence against Black and other people of color in this country so problematic as to threaten violence against us.

We want to recognize that this is, indeed, difficult for us all, and this is particularly challenging and stressful for our student leaders who created the Black Lives Matter mural, and those who have actively (and in many cases publicly) vocalized their support for Black Lives Matter activities, and those whose identities are linked to this work. It is clear that the emotional toll of days like yesterday have had— and will continue to have— a differential impact on members of our community. We are working to create opportunities for all of us to process these events and to move forward, including actions that are focused on supporting all of our students, including the particular needs of our Black and Brown students in this moment.

While as of 7 p.m. last night, October 9, the shelter in place order was lifted in consultation with the federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities, we recognize the work that we must do. Over the next few days, please be on the lookout for more information as we work to deploy the best supportive strategies possible to manage this moment, its implications and impact.

In the meantime, please know that the University has resumed normal operations, and will maintain an increased law enforcement presence throughout the coming days. Campus facilities and buildings are open and operating with all COVID-19 virus mitigation and health protocols in place.

The investigation related to the communication we received remains ongoing with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and we will provide updates as additional information is available and appropriate to share.
All official updates on the situation can be found at bulldogalert.unca.edu. Any information other than official statements on the BulldogAlert page are unofficial and potentially misleading or false. Please visit bulldogalert.unca.edu for the most accurate UNC Asheville information. 

We urge every member of our campus community to remain vigilant. If you see something, say something, contacting University Police at 828-251-6710 to report any concerns.

We will continue to draw on our UNC Asheville collective strength as a campus community in the coming weeks, and we will remain true to our shared commitment to care for one another with compassion and mutual respect.

Regards,
Chancellor Cable
Provost Campbell 

UPDATE Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 7:10 p.m. Video Update from UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable 

Dear UNC Asheville Campus Community, 
I write to give you a campus community evening update. As of 7:00 p.m. tonight, UNC Asheville in consultation with federal, state, and local law enforcement, lifted the “shelter in place” order.

The investigation related to the Black Lives Matter mural located on our campus remains ongoing. Below is a link to the video statement I recorded this evening. Today has been a challenging time for UNC Asheville and I am grateful for your support and cooperation.

I encourage every member of our campus community to remain vigilant. Please take care of one another. We remain fully committed to our University values of diversity, equity and inclusion. Black Lives Matter. This is about our University values that respect our students’ first amendment rights to express their views about the pain and sadness at the senseless loss of so many lives. 

Updates will be provided as information is made available. Please refer to bulldogalert.unca.edu



UPDATE Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 7:00 p.m.
As of 7:00 p.m. Oct. 9, UNC Asheville, in consultation with federal, state, and local law enforcement, lifted the “shelter in place” order. Please remain vigilant and check bulldogalert.unca.edu for updates.

UPDATE Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 5:02 p.m.
Message from the Office of the Chancellor:
Update #4

Dear UNC Asheville Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We write to give you a campus community update. UNC Asheville is currently in “shelter in place” status and will be sustained until further notice.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, federal, state and local, are working together with UNC Asheville Campus Police to continue the investigation.

Students who need mental health support may access the counselor-on-call by contacting Campus Police at 828-251-6710 or the HealthLink nurseline at (888) 267-3675.

EAP Services are available to employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (https://hr.unca.edu/faculty-and-staff-assistance-program). You can call at 833-515-0768 or visit their website directly www.guidanceresources.com with our company ID: UNCAEAP.

We encourage every member of the UNC Asheville community to remain vigilant and safe and are grateful for your cooperation today.

We will continue to keep you updated.

UPDATE Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 1:50 p.m.
Message from the Office of the Chancellor:
Update #3

Dear UNC Asheville Faculty, Staff, and Students

We write to give you a campus community update. UNC Asheville is currently in “shelter in place” status and will be sustained until further notice.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are working together with UNC Asheville Campus Police to continue the investigation.

Students in need of support may contact Health and Counseling Services at 828.251.6520.

EAP Services are available to employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (https://hr.unca.edu/faculty-and-staff-assistance-program). You can call at 833-515-0768 or visit their website directly www.guidanceresources.com with our company ID: UNCAEAP.

We will continue to keep you updated.

UPDATE Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 10:37 a.m.
Message from the Office of the Chancellor:
Update #2

Dear UNC Asheville faculty, staff, and students.

We are writing to give you a brief update. As of 10:00 a.m. the UNC Asheville campus remains on lockdown and the email articulating a threat to the campus is under investigation by state and local authorities.
  • If you are on campus, please remain sheltered in place until further notice.
  • Students in need of support may contact Health and Counseling Services at 828.251.6520.
  • EAP Services are available to employees in need of support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (https://hr.unca.edu/faculty-and-staff-assistance-program). You can call at 833-515-0768 or visit their website directly www.guidanceresources.com with our company ID: UNCAEAP.
  • While all mandatory meetings, classes, University scheduled conversations, and forums are canceled, including those to be conducted virtually, we support any optional one on one or small group virtual connections that folks want to have to support one another.
  • We appreciate and understand that many of you have the desire to help in this challenging moment. We ask that, for the time being, please refrain from taking any action until you have consulted with your Senior Staff member.
Updates will continue to be shared on the UNC Asheville homepage. We will also continue to send email updates to you throughout the day today and for as long as necessary. Thank you for your patience, the good will and support we have already heard that you are providing to each other, and for remaining calm between updates.

UPDATE Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 8:37 a.m.
Message from the Office of the Chancellor:
Dear UNC Asheville Faculty and Staff colleagues,

During the night several offices at the University received an email communicating a direct threat to members of the UNC Asheville community. The email demanded that the Black Lives Matter mural on University Heights on campus be painted over.

A decision has been made to send a Bulldog Alert to all faculty, staff, and students to shelter in place until further notice. We ask that employees, other than essential personnel, stay away from campus today. We will keep the community apprised as information becomes available and we will reopen campus as soon as possible. But no earlier than tomorrow morning.

Chief Eric Boyce and the EoC are working with senior staff and state and local authorities and we will keep you updated. Please discontinue any and all in-person and virtual classes, practices and activities throughout today.

We are working with the authorities to keep our campus safe and to return to the work of the University as soon as possible. If you have questions, please be in touch with your senior staff member.

Your cooperation is essential and we are grateful.

Posted Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 at 7:30 a.m.
Due to a threat to the safety of members of our UNC Asheville community there will be no in-person or virtual classes, practices or activities on campus today. All residential students should shelter in place, all non-essential personnel should return home. We will provide updates as they become available.

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