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

CofC DPS mourns the loss of a SC Police Officer
Posted on 25 September 2022 | 8:43 pm
The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Columbia Police Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own. On September 24, 2022, Master Police Officer Tyrell Owens Riley of the Columbia Police Department was conducting a SWAT training assessment and suffered a medical emergency. After being transported to the […]
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CofC DPS and Charleston County Law Enforcement encourage safety this holiday weekend
Posted on 2 July 2022 | 7:20 pm
During the upcoming holiday weekend, be mindful of safety. Please watch the Charleston County LEO PSFA video below. Enjoy the holiday, celebrate the 4th of July, but above all, be safe!
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CofC DPS mourns the loss of another SC Law Enforcement Officer
Posted on 25 June 2022 | 12:41 am
The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own. At approximately 3:20 PM on June 21, 2022, Deputy Sheriff Austin Derek Aldridge of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department was responding to a domestic violence call, when the suspect ambushed […]
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