As of 7 p.m. on October 9, the shelter in place order at UNCA was lifted in consultation with federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities.
Message from the Office of the Chancellor: “The University was the target of a threat for having a Black Lives Matter mural on our campus. There are those who 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 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.”
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.
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.
Remain vigilant. If you see something, say something! Contact the University Police at 828-251-6710 to report any concerns. Please visit bulldogalert.unca.edu for the most accurate UNC Asheville information.