Health & Safety

Orangeburg, SC
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on my campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: they're out there at all times of the day except for sundaty.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our health department is excellent. The only setback is the long wait you have, so if you have a class, you might be late.

The safety department needs an upgrade. We will be signing a petition for better security next week.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is sort of an issue when it comes to theft and things of that sort. Personal safety really depends on your actions and surroundings. If you are constantly at the parties and things like that here your risk is higher when it comes to violence and drug abuse related issues. I feel safe on campus because generally I just visit my girlfriends dorm and hang with her.

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1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Car had got stolen on campus


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 305th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1072nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1196th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Claflin Prowler
Orangeburg, S.C.
Biology/Biological Sciences
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Students at Claflin say they feel very safe on campus—during the day and night—because the campus police are always making patrols and interacting with students. Petty crimes, such as stealing, can slip past the campus cops, but this rarely occurs. Overall, the campus environment is reasonably crime-free because it is such a small student population, which creates an advantage because the campus police can build better relationships with the students. Also, it seems like students are always walking in groups, both on and off campus, because they understand that there is safety in numbers; however, there is really is crime in the quiet town of Orangeburg to alarm students.

Ultimately, students must always remember that the most important protection they have against crime is knowing how to avoid it. The Claflin campus police regularly give group talks or host seminars to teach students crime-fighting techniques. Another added benefit of student safety services here is the student health center. It offers medical care for illnesses and minor injuries and is also home to Claflin’s Counseling Services. The nurse and doctor are readily available via appointment, but they also welcome walk-ins. At Claflin, students can never complain that their health or safety is at risk.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
(803) 535-5444
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrols
  • Crime updates
  • Crime-prevention programs
Health Center
Health Services
Rear gate of campus
(803) 535-5328
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The Orangeburg massacre was an incident on February 8, 1968 when local policemen fired into a crowd of students on the SCSU campus who were protesting segregation at the city's only bowling alley. Three students were killed and 28 were injured, including six Claflin students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 35 responses

  • 15% None
  • 11% Dorm safety
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Lack of safety escort services
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 35% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% We have campus police?
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 47% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 24% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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