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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are few incidents to reference

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is pretty big on our campus. They walk around all night watching the campus. They even ask if we need a ride to go to the cafe or even the gym. I feel safe and secure at my school. Safety services are great they ask for you ID now at the gate.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Claflin goes above and beyond to ensure that students are safe 24/7, 365

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i feel safe like Im right at home

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our campus security is lazy. Some cameras across campus don"t even record so if something happens, they wouldn't know who did it. The only positive is that all across campus there are emergency call buttons


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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 65 responses

  • 13% None
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Dorm safety
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% Lack of safety escort services
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 53 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 23% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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