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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Many places to contact the police

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Walk Home Cocky is a program that I am a part of where a group of students in this program sign up to volunteer as often as they wish. Those who volunteer stay in the library until 3 am. If any other students in the library don't feel comfortable walking back to their dorm or car, two members of Walk Home Cocky will walk them there so everyone feels safe and protected.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: They have a number of security posts that alert the campus police in an emergency within reach of one another. They give you access to the phone directly to the campus police. They tell you about how to be safe and prevent yourself from being a victim from theft or other crime activities.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have great programs for these kinds of things. USC police work hard to prevent these things from happening along with the faculty and staff.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I believe the safety level of this campus is high and campus security has a active presence.


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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 182 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 6% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% 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 116 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 181 responses

  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 224 responses

  • 21% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 30% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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