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At the School of Medicine we take security very serious. We partner with USC Police, the VA Police, Richland County Sheriff's Department and many other agencies to ensure the safety of our community. 

Emergency Call Boxes

Several call boxes are strategically placed around campus. The boxes can be easily identified by their bright blue lights and provide a direct line of communication with the USC Police. Call boxes should be used to report crimes in progress, fires, medical emergencies, or threats to personal safety.

To operate, simply push the red button. You will immediately be connected with the USC Police dispatcher. Even if you are unable to communicate, the dispatcher will know your exact location. If you are being chased and cannot stop, press the call boxes as you pass and police officers will respond to the area.

Community Crime Map

To help keep the University community informed, the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety uses GIS-based technology that tracks the location of all victim-related crimes on campus.

USC Law Enforcement partners with Community Crime Map, an online crime-mapping tool, to show crime activity in your area so you can make informed decisions about staying safe.

When an officer creates a report, the address and type of crime are uploaded to creating an almost real-time perspective of the incidents that affect the University community.

Daily Crime Log

The daily crime log is a record of all criminal incidents reported to the University of South Carolina Law Enforcement. The report is arranged in chronological order and dates back approximately two months. For older logs, please contact our Records Division at 803.777.5282.
View Daily Log

Crime Bulletins and Emergency Notifications

No one system is capable of reaching everyone, everywhere every time. That is why the University maintains more than 20 different ways to communicate a message in an emergency, which together create the Carolina Alert Notification System. Methods of communication are chosen based on the individual situation or incident.

See the latest Crime Bulletin.

See the latest Carolina Alert

Emergency Notifications

If a situation poses an immediate risk and requires a change in action (seek shelter, evacuate, etc.) disruptive media may be used in the form of sirens, text messages, TV message crawler or others. Emergency Notifications may be used for incidents that occur on or immediately adjacent to the university campus. Emergency Notifications are generally not used when a criminal incident has occurred off-campus or if perpetrator(s) were seen fleeing away from campus, or if there is a time lapse in reporting the incident to police.

Emergencies where issuing a notification would compromise efforts to assist a victim, contain the emergency, respond to the emergency, or mitigate the emergency may also prohibit an Emergency Notification.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign-up to receive emergency notifications using text messages sent to your mobile phone. 

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