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

National Police Memorial Week
Posted on 11 May 2022 | 6:22 pm
The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety honors our fallen during National Police Memorial Week, May 11-18, 2022. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2022 – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund ( Schedule of Events – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (  
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CofC DPS mourns the loss of a SC Law Enforcement Officer
Posted on 24 April 2022 | 7:30 pm
The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Cayce Police Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own. At approximately 2:48 AM on April 24, 2022, Officer Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr of the Cayce Police Department was responding to a domestic violence call, when the suspect opened fire on […]
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ABC News salutes the College of Charleston DPS Student EMT program
Posted on 9 December 2021 | 7:39 pm
Please click this link for an ABC News 4 story regarding our own student EMT program.  
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