Health & Safety

Columbia, SC
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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are going to be cases of sexual assault no matter where you are in the world; the richest place and the poorest place.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police constantly around during the night.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on my campus. Not only do we have police around at all times looking out for you, but if no one is around they have stationed alert buttons all over campus. There are also plenty of places you can go to talk to someone if you need help

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I believe that the safety and security is perfect but nothing is absolutely perfect. I still have concerns regarding safety and security because it's always good to be wary. Though I love the safety services put in place on campus--police boxes, campus police from the police department, etc--I will still be worried about the security on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am able to get medicine and important information


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 145th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 704th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1354th
    Safest Campuses

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Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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As is the case at any university and in any city, there are dangerous people, and if students are not careful, they may find themselves in a dangerous situation. However, USC provides a number of services to ensure safety. In addition to Columbia’s police force, the USC Police Department (USCPD) monitor campus 24 hours a day via car, bike, or foot patrols. The 100-plus call boxes strategically located throughout campus allow students fast access to not only the USCPD but also the Columbia and Richland County police departments in emergency circumstances. There are also multiple escort services that operate five nights a week between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. and an all-night shuttle if students are alone and do not feel comfortable walking across campus. In the event of campus-wide emergencies, a campus-wide text message will go out, and sirens atop of multiple University buildings will alert people of danger.

In spite of the tight security on campus, crime still occurs. By practicing simple safety precautions (i.e., not walking alone at night, locking up your dorm room, not leaving anything valuable unattended in public, carrying pepper spray, carrying a cell phone, etc.), students can often avoid these situations. Although the USCPD is very efficient in handling crime, students can take huge steps in ensuring their own safety by following simple common sense procedures.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 99
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 17
Security Office
USC Police Department
1501 Senate St.
911 (emergencies); (803) 777-4215 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour help line
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Escort services
  • Personal property registration
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Shuttle system
Health Center
Thomson Student Health Center
1409 Devine St.
(803) 777-3175
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (urgent care only)
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Birth control
  • Counseling center
  • First responders
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Preventive health screenings
  • Radiology
  • Referrals
  • Sexual health and violence prevention
  • Specialty clinics
  • Stress management
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Women's care clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are more than 100 emergency call boxes located on campus, and once one is pushed, an officer is on the scene in 30 seconds to two minutes.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 139 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Gang violence
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 138 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 55% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?     Based on 138 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 20% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 139 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 35% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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