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

Graduation and the beginning of Summer
Posted on 6 May 2021 | 10:36 am
All of the members of College of Charleston’s Department of Public Safety extend a heartfelt and well-deserved congratulations to the class of 2021! Over the next three days, College of Charleston will host five commencement ceremonies to confer degrees to all of this year’s graduates. Welcome, all of you, to the next phase of your […]
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Passing of CofC Dispatch Operator, Dominique Prioleau
Posted on 16 April 2021 | 5:20 pm
With profound sadness, the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourns the loss of one of our own for the second time this year. Dispatch Operator #2, Dominique Prioleau passed away today, following more than an week in intensive care, as of yet unknown reasons. As relayed by our own Chief of Police, Chip […]
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Passing of former Interim Chief William Herkert, Jr.
Posted on 20 February 2021 | 7:45 pm
It is with heavy hearts that the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety was informed today of the loss of one of our own. Former Deputy Chief and later Interim Chief William F. Herkert, Jr. passed yesterday, February 19, 2021 at the Medical University of South Carolina. Chief Herkert dedicated multiple decades of his […]
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