The university statement on 23 September said that the state law and UNC policy prohibit the possession of a knife or other edged instruments on campus.
It, however, promised to take the incident as a learning opportunity and engage in constructive dialogue with Sikh students and employees.
“Together, we are confident we can find reasonable measures and educational opportunities that both protect the safety of our campus and the religious practices of our community members,” the statement had said.
According to an updated weapons on campus policy, edged instruments that are articles of faith like kirpans are permitted on campus, provided that the blade length of the article is less than three inches and the blade is worn close to the body in a sheath at all times.
“If individuals would like to request religious accommodations for instruments with longer blades or any other items prohibited under this Policy, they may contact the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX for assistance,” the updated policy says.
The university was approached by members of the local and global Sikh communities to offer their partnership. “We are grateful for their willingness to offer valuable perspectives as we move forward,” the university had previously said.