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

Happy Retirement, Gary Kirkendall!
Posted on 8 September 2021 | 1:21 pm
From Chief of Police, Chip Searson:   Today we say farewell and thank you to yet another Public Safety OG, Gary Kirkendall.  Gary started here in July of 2013 and has faithfully served for many years.  We certainly will miss him sitting in the Training Room eating a plate of carrots while imagining those were […]
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Public Safety bids farewell to a dear friend
Posted on 28 July 2021 | 4:32 pm
Just a few minutes ago, the Department of Public Safety bid a bitter farewell to Kim Reetz. She’s been a member of the department for over eight years and has become a fixture of our daily lives here. Many of us spend as much time at our jobs as we do at home, and Kim […]
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CofC observes Independence Day
Posted on 5 July 2021 | 10:33 am
Today, the College of Charleston observes Independence Day. Like the College, many businesses are closed today, including government offices. As we observe the holiday on this long weekend, be mindful of safety… yours and others’. And keep in mind those who have suffered recent, tragic losses elsewhere in the country. Be safe, and happy holiday!
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