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Emergency Procedures

The University of South Carolina is committed to the safety and well-being of the Carolina community. Students, faculty, and staff can help the University safeguard the campus by taking preventive measures to ensure safety and by referencing this guide in the event of an emergency.

The following guidelines are not intended to be a comprehensive list of instructions, rather a reminder of the basic steps that should be taken to minimize the risks associated with a given hazard. Since emergencies can vary greatly, the instructions provided by University and emergency personnel at the time of the incident may change or even conflict with those listed on this site.

Always follow the instructions of University and emergency personnel.


  • If you smell or see smoke or fire, pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • Trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.
  • Avoid shortcuts and isolated areas when walking after dark.
  • Don't walk alone after dark. Early evening to late evening, travel only in groups of three or more in well-lit and heavily traveled areas.
  • Use the APO Escort Services (803-777-DUCK), evening shuttle, or police escort (803-777-4215)
  • When traveling in your vehicle, keep windows up and doors locked.
  • If approached, don't resist a robber - especially if he/she has a weapon.
  • Never venture into or through dark or undesirable neighborhoods.
  • Familiarize yourself with call box locations
  • Don't carry large sums of cash.
  • If attacked or approached by someone suspicious, contact the police immediately by calling 911 or use the nearest call box.
  • Get a good description of the person and their direction of travel.