On Nov. 1, 2019, Chancellor Philip L. Dubois shared an update with the UNC Charlotte Community about current initiatives and upcoming projects that will continue the healing process after the shooting on April 30.
The Niner Nation Remembrance Commission reconvened this past August to ensure that we memorialize the victims and the events of April 30 in ways that are meaningful and lasting.
The Commission spent the summer researching how others who have experienced similar tragedies have chosen to honor their victims and to memorialize what had taken place in their institutions or communities.
Thousands of community members completed the remembrance survey and attended listening sessions at the main campus and Center City. The Commission will be making recommendations to Chancellor Dubois in early December.
A Day of Remembrance is in the works for April 30, 2020 to “unite students, faculty, staff, and the Charlotte community together by thoughtfully remembering that tragic day in our history and continuing the recovery process.”
There are also plans to host a remembrance concert at the Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Charlotte Symphony and UNC Charlotte students and alumni participating in music, dance, spoken word, and multimedia performances. Don Dahler, a UNC Charlotte alumnus and CBS national correspondent, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Tickets will go on sale early January 2020 and proceeds will benefit the April 30th Remembrance Fund.
Students have also started planning an on-campus event earlier that same day. More details will be shared about both events in early 2020.
Safety & Security Steps
Additional steps have been taken to enhance safety measures on campus and evaluate response efforts. The independent external review of the response to April 30 is underway with interviews of key personnel and future listening sessions for the campus communities.
Non-locking classrooms and laboratories will be equipped with a kit to secure the door in the event of a lockdown by the end of this semester. Doors that open inwardly will have a wedge that will slide underneath the door to prevent it from opening and doors that open outwardly will have a piece of cut fire hose that will slip over the door closer to secure it. Watch towards the end of the new lockdown video for a demonstration on how to use these devices.
The Department of Safety and Security has created an instructional video for the three primary NinerAlert directives: lockdown, seek shelter, and evacuation. Safety posters have been installed in all classrooms and will be added to all laboratory spaces by the end of this semester. Each poster lists the room number of the space, emergency contact information and how to executive the three primary NinerAlert directives.
Beginning Dec. 2, 2019, new security procedures will be in place at Center City. All faculty, staff and students will be required to wear their 49er ID cards while in the building. Visitors will be required to check in and receive a badge to wear.
Recovery Pulse Survey
The UNC Charlotte community will be shortly receiving a survey to ask for feedback on recovery communication efforts to date.