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Department of Public Safety

The College’s nationally accredited Department of Public Safety is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our public safety personnel provide crime prevention, event management and police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It is important to remember at all times that the College of Charleston is located in an urban setting, and that the campus blends seamlessly with the city neighborhoods around it. While reported crime at the College is low, we must all take responsibility for our own personal safety by practicing good crime-prevention habits.

The information on our website will help you learn what to do in an emergency, show you how to avoid becoming the victim of a crime, and help you to understand your role and responsibilities as a member of the College of Charleston community.

DISCLAIMER: Individuals must use their own best judgment and discretion in the event of an actual emergency. Any and all information provided by the College addresses current general practices for basic categories of events only. No representations or warranties of any kind are made regarding the reliability or suitability of any information provided herein, for any specific event or occurrence.  

Latest Public Safety News

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update
Posted on 17 April 2018 | 4:07 am
Good Morning Campus Community,   Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:   Most of you have probably seen information sent from Public Safety titled, “Timely Warning.” What exactly are these notifications, and how are they different from a Cougar Alert? ·        Timely Warning- Narrow focus on Clery crimes. Timely warnings are triggered by […]
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Public Safety Crime Prevention Update
Posted on 29 March 2018 | 8:48 pm
Good Morning Campus Community, I hope everyone had a happy and safe Spring Break. Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety: You may have noticed signs around campus highlighting Public Safety’s “See Something, Say Something” initiative. This is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the importance of reporting suspicious activity to local law […]
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