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Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

About

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a vibrant and diverse population of over 29,000 students. With a population of this size, we recognize there are occasions when our students may be involved in or impacted by an emergency or crisis situation. To address these situations, or critical incidents, Student Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). This team is made up of experienced professional staff members and can be reached 24 hours a day, year round (including University holidays and closures). 

CIRT Members

The following individuals currently serve as members of the University Critical Incident On-Call Team:

  • Aaron Bachenheimer - Associate Dean of Students, and Director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement
  • Dean Blackburn - Associate Dean of Students, and Director, Student Wellness
  • Emily Gaspar - Assistant Dean, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Tom Hardiman - Associate Director, Office of Student Conduct
  • Brian Papajcik - Assistant Dean, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Aisha Pridgen - Associate Dean of Students, and Director, Office of Student Conduct
  • Desiree Rieckenberg - Senior Associate Dean of Students, and Director, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Jonathan Sauls (as needed) - Dean of Students, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

To Report a Critical Incident, contact:

  • Department of Public Safety - 919-962-8100, 24 hours a day, including university closures
  • Office of the Dean of Students - 919-966-4042, during regular office hours (M-F 8am to 5pm)

For Additional Information About CIRT, contact:

Desiree Rieckenberg, Sr. Associate Dean and Director, Office of the Dean of Students

919-966-4042 | desireer@unc.edu