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

College of Charleston DPS mourns with Summerville PD over the loss of Capt. Johnson
Posted on 10 November 2022 | 7:24 pm
The officers, command staff, and support staff at the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourn with the Summerville Police Department over the recent loss of one of their ranks, Captain Larry “LJ” Johnson, after a battle with cancer. Captain Johnson was a twenty-year veteran of the Summerville Police Department, having previously served with […]
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CofC Student Life Halloween PSA
Posted on 26 October 2022 | 10:08 pm
College of Charleston Student Life just posted a Halloween 2022 PSA video. It has some good advice on how to keep yourselves safe:  
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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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