Q&A in Regard to Handling Information Requests from Federal and State Agents

Federal and state agents may seek information from campus offices regarding a range of matters. This Q&A is intended to share more information about the types of inquiries you may receive and how you should respond.

Important Contacts | UNC Police: 919.962.8100 | Office of University Counsel: 919.962.1219 | Office of the Dean of Students: 919.966.4042 | International Student and Scholar Services: 919.962.5661

What kinds of inquiries and visits from federal or state agents might we encounter on campus?
There have been reports of scams and imposters posing as government or law enforcement officers. How can I verify that the person really is from a government agency?
What information should students, faculty, and staff know to prepare for an inquiry or visit from a government agency?
When should we require that a request for information be in writing?
What if an ICE agent requests information on a DACA or undocumented student without a subpoena?
What if there is a request for employee records?
I’m a University employee. Please summarize the steps I should take to ensure that I am in compliance with the University’s policies in the event that a federal or state agent visits my place of work requesting information about someone other than myself.