WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNC-Wilmington is responding after a woman said someone try to abduct her while she was walking down Heidi Drive Thursday morning near campus.
The university says University Police was notified about the alleged incident hours after the fact. Therefore it was determined there was not an immediate or ongoing threat to campus safety, and according to federal regulations, a campus notification was not required.
UNCW added that as soon as they were able to share the information University Police had secured via their investigation, in collaboration with Wilmington Police Department, a campus message was issued to make students and employees aware of what had allegedly occurred.
They say text alert messages are reserved for immediate, ongoing threats such as active shooters/attackers, tornadoes, evacuations, etc., and are not otherwise required.
The university said they will continue to review, under normal processes, whether text alerts should be issued if University Police are notified of an alleged incident and substantial social media or campus speculation develops, once information is verified.
They say they must remain cautious about not overutilizing the text alert communications tool so messages about immediate threats receive due attention, but always want to share appropriate safety warnings with our community as soon as possible.