Task force examines ways to make UNC-W safer

Big changes to the application process at North Carolina's 16 universities are on the way.

A UNC system task force is looking at ways to make the campuses safer after two UNC-Wilmington students were murdered.

In May, Jessica Faulkner was strangled inside her dorm room on the UNC-W campus.  A month later, Christen Naujoks, another student, was shot to death at her apartment complex in Wilmington.

Both suspects in these murders lied on their applications about their criminal history.

On Tuesday, the admissions committee considered an option UNC-Chapel Hill already exercises, requiring a character statement about applicants from high school guidance counselors.

The UNC system also plans to create a database of students expelled at any of the 16 campuses.  The committee wants to consider getting that same information from community colleges.

The task force also hopes to better train university staff to look for suspicious answers on applications.

The UNC system task force plans to have a list of recommendations sometime after students begin the fall semester.

Reported by:  Maggie Alexander