Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

By | April 25, 2019

Good Morning Campus Community,

First and foremost, congratulations to all graduating seniors. We wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. With commencement just two weeks away, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

  • For those who will be attending or participating in Spring Commencement, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind attendees of the following:
    • Event rate parking for the ceremony will be available at the College of Charleston’s St. Philip garage (located at 81 St. Philip St., next to the AT&T building), Wentworth Garage (located at 81 Wentworth Street, on the corner of St. Philip and Wentworth streets), and the George Parking Garage (located at 34 St. Philip Street between George and Liberty Streets; garage entrance is between CVS and Liberty Street Fresh Food Company). Please refer to the College of Charleston parking map for the exact locations of the parking listed above.
    • Handicap accessible parking is available in all of the garages listed above. A valid state-issued handicap-accessible placard is required to park in a handicap accessible space within these locations. A handicap drop-off/entrance is located on the eastern gate of the Cistern along St. Philip Street.
    • The College of Charleston observes a strict no-alcohol or other drugs policy prior to and during the commencement ceremonies. Ceremony participants, graduation candidates, and guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages or other drugs onto the premises or consuming alcoholic beverages during the ceremonies. Any person determined by College personnel to be impaired will be removed from the premises and prohibited from participating in the ceremony.
    • Public Safety Officers will be available to assist with directions and answer questions. More information regarding commencement is available here.

  • Please help us to help you avoid becoming a victim of crime over the Summer break.  If you have a bicycle parked on campus, please remove it no later than May 22, 2019. All bicycles remaining after this date are subject to being removed by Public Safety. No bicycles should be left on campus during the summer break unless you are taking summer classes or employed by the College of Charleston. Please note all bikes secured on campus must be registered. Bikes may be registered at Public Safety at any time, free of charge. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at (843)953-4980.

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  This year the theme is stress so we are hoping to raise awareness of stress, how it can affect your mental health and wellbeing, what you can do to look after yourself or where to go if you do need extra support. You can also find information specific to college students and life on campus, including top freshman year issues, taking a leave of absence, and balancing work and school. You can also stop by CofC’s Counseling and Substance Abuse Services for additional resources and information.
  • Be social with us! If you have not already, please follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for departmental news, upcoming events, and other important information.  If you are having trouble accessing our pages, please make sure you are signed into your social media account.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Motor vehicle thefts are often crimes of opportunity. To reduce your risk of becoming a victim of motor vehicle theft, there are several habits you should practice: always lock your vehicle; never leave keys inside or around the vehicle; and, when possible, park in well-lit areas.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Take Care and Be Safe,

Robert S. Reese,  M.S.M.

Chief of Police

Office of the President

College of Charleston

Campus Safety and Security Area

89 St.Philip Street

Charleston, SC 29424

843-953-2468 (office )

843-953-2105 ( fax )


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