University of South Carolina

Safety concerns prompt evacuation of Beaufort campuses

Both University of South Carolina Beaufort campuses (Historic Beaufort and Hilton Head Gateway) were evacuated because of a bomb threat that was called into the switchboard at 12:50 p.m. Monday (Sept. 28).

All Monday classes were cancelled, but officials have opened both campuses for residential students to return. All classes resume as scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 29. See for more info.

Lynn McGee, vice chancellor for advancement for the Beaufort campus, said local law-enforcement officials were consulted, after which university officials decided to evacuate the campuses for the safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Campus police used the university’s emergency phone/text messaging system to alert students, faculty and staff that they should evacuate both the Beaufort and Bluffton campuses immediately and that all classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day. An all-university email was sent to faculty, staff and students and a message regarding the evacuation was posted on

All University buildings were secured by campus police once everyone had been evacuated. Campus police and law enforcement conducted a thorough sweep with bomb-sniffing dogs on each building on both campuses.

The Beaufort campus was given the all-clear first and secured by campus police for the night. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton later was given the all-clear and residential students were allowed to return.

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By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 09/28/09 @ 4:30 PM | Updated: 09/29/09 @ 9:02 AM | Permalink

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