Statement for Parents

September 22, 2016

Dear Parents, Guardians and Family Members, 

As you may be aware Charlotte, N.C. is mourning the loss of a Black man tragically taken from us through what has been reported to be a confrontation with the police. Resultant of this action, the City of Charlotte has been ravaged by acts of riotous demonstrations. 

You may be asking yourselves what Johnson C. Smith University is doing to ensure the safety of its students while respecting their rights to be catalysts for positive change. President Ronald L. Carter shared these words with our students: “As young citizens, you have the right to voice your sorrow and anger. You must not be immobilized by pain, not feel powerless or devalued. We value you. Johnson c. Smith University values your lives and your futures. So we ask that, as you seek solutions and push for justice, you also remain safe and demonstrate wisdom to those who look to you as their mentors.”

As parents, guardians and family members, we ask that you encourage your sons, daughters, nieces and nephews NOT to protest in the City of Charlotte or be present anywhere violence is occurring. While we do everything possible to maintain a safe environment within the gates of JCSU, we are not and cannot be responsible for their action beyond the jurisdiction of our campus. To that end, any JCSU student who decides to become a part of these illegal demonstrations subjects him/herself to harm, disciplinary actions on and off campus by violating the laws of the wider community as well as possible prosecution.

JCSU cares about you, our students and the community in which we live. We are confident that peace will be restored and justice served. Feel free to contact us, should questions or concerns arise.




Cathy Jones, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the First-Year Experience, 704.378.1117

Catherine R. Hurd, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Leadership and Engagement, 704.378.1181

Debra Duncan, Chief of JCSU Campus Police Department, 704.378.1101