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Campus Safety and Wellness

The University of South Carolina experience should be educational, fun and safe for everyone. We are deeply committed to the health and well-being of our campus community. If you or a fellow Gamecock are experiencing a hurtful or harmful situation, use these campus resources to take action immediately.

Is this an emergency? Call 9-1-1.

Operators work closely with campus emergency resources to correctly route your call. This includes critical concerns for suicide or self-harming behavior, emotional distress or threats of harm to campus.

 

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • A confidential self-assessment can provide insight into the behaviors that influence your decisions.
  • Self-help is available to make healthy changes with therapy assistance online, designed to fit your busy schedule.
  • A referral form is available if you are concerned about someone else’s substance use.
  • Gamecock Recovery is an active support network for students in recovery.

 

Bias and Discrimination

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works to create a campus environment strengthened by unique perspectives where all members of the university’s community feel welcomed, valued and supported. A bias incident is a non-criminal act that is motivated in whole, or in part, by a victim’s actual or perceived sex, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or disability. This type of incident may be directed toward an individual or group and should be reported. You can remain anonymous.
  • The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs works to help prevent and address unlawful discrimination and harassment. If you or someone you know has been subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment, to include sexual harassment or sexual assault, you should report it to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. The office can help by assisting  you in finding options to resolve your concerns; explaining the university’s non-discrimination non-harassment policies; advising you of your rights; investigating claims of unlawful discrimination and harassment; and, referring members of the university community to other departments or officials for support.

 

Campus Safety

  • Know the procedures for staying safe during a crisis or emergency. Campus police are available 24 hours a day at 803-777-4215.
  • Carolina Alert is the emergency notification system used to communicate conditions that require immediate action. Register up to three phones to receive notifications at sc.edu/emergency.
  • Turn your phone into a personal protection network with the RAVE Guardian Safety App (free on iTunes and Google Play).
  • Monitor the crime bulletins and safety tips shared by university law enforcement professionals.

 

Hazing

  • Before joining an organization, students should review the public report of organizational conduct violations.
  • It is against state law for a student to harm, or threaten harm, to a subordinate student in order to punish, injure or humiliate them for initiation into a campus organization at any state supported university, college or public institutions of higher learning.
  • Hazing behavior can be reported by calling the anonymous hazing hotline at 803-777-5800, or submitting an online incident report.

 

Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence

  • Support is available 24/7 for anyone who has been subjected to or been affected by sexual assault, harassment, stalking or dating violence, including support persons of those directly impacted. Together, we can stop sexual assault.
  • Students, faculty and staff can talk to a trained confidential interpersonal violence advocate by calling 803-777-8248 or visiting the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention office in the Thomson Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We recommend you try to call ahead before dropping in.
  • After hours, call USC Police at 803-777-4215 and ask to speak with a SAVIP advocate. You won't have to give any identifying information to the police.

 

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

  • Speak to a Counseling & Psychiatry provider at any time by calling 803-777-5223.
  • Preventative care services for mental and emotional health include mindfulness and mediation training, wellness coaching, stress management consultations, and more.
  • Counseling is available online or in person for individuals, couples or groups. Appointments are available by calling 803-777-5223.
  • Psychiatry providers can evaluate, diagnose and offer treatment recommendations for mental, emotional and behavioral problems. Medication can be prescribed if needed or coordinated with other health care professionals. Appointments are available by calling 803-777-1833.
  • Important numbers to know:
    • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 (24-Hour)
    • Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741 (FREE, 24/7 and confidential)