General Safety Policies
Clemson University is a relatively large community of about 19,000 students
within a small-town community of about 12,000 residents in the city of Clemson.
Although the Clemson University campus and the surrounding city are relatively
safe, they are still vulnerable to criminal activity. Educate yourself about
the resources available to you and the ways you can help protect yourself.
Clemson University provides a 24-hour police department to enforce state law,
offer educational and crime-prevention programs for students, faculty and
staff, and provide escort services. University police officers are certified by
the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and commissioned by the Office of
The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) is dedicated to a community
policing philosophy that strives to create new partnerships in order to solve
the unique problems within our campus environment. Officers are expected to
engage community members through conversation and prevention programming to
develop community rapport with students, faculty and staff in an effort to
increase awareness and a positive exchange of information.
Educational and Personal Safety Programs
The Clemson University Police Department offers numerous educational and
personal safety programs for students, faculty and staff. These programs are
offered each semester:
- Tiger Transit -
Police officers and members of the Student Patrol are available to escort
faculty, staff, visitors, and students to and from areas on campus between the
hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and as otherwise requested. To request an
escort between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. contact Tiger Transit at 656-3333. For other escorts contact the Police
Department at 656-2222.
- Rape Awareness -
Classes for men and women that discuss stranger rape, acquaintance rape, and
risk reduction techniques.
- Common Sense Self-Defense
-Police officers interact with participants to provide information on crime in
the work place and at home while providing risk reduction techniques.
- Violence in the Workplace - An
educational program that identifies the problems and characteristics associated
with workplace violence.
- Campus Safety: Crime at Clemson - An
informative program that discusses the types of crimes that occur at Clemson
while offering advice on reducing the risk of becoming a victim.
- Driving under the Influence -
Police officers discuss state Awareness law and present DUI arrest
- Use the Escort and Transit Services
- Be aware of the emergency telephones and their locations
- Avoid being in classrooms or office buildings alone at night. If
you must be there, let the police know where you are and how long you will be
there. Stay near a telephone.
- Report any suspicious person or activity to the police
department, whatever the time, day or night.
- Know who is at your door before opening it.
- Vary your routine. Do not walk the same route night after night.
- When walking at night, be alert of your surroundings. Listen for
footsteps and voices to be sure no one is following you.
- Avoid unlit areas. Whenever possible, walk and park in well-lit
- Always lock your doors in your car, room, apartment, or house.
Keep the car doors locked even when you are driving.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- When driving, always make sure you have enough gas to reach your
- When walking to your car at night, have your car keys in hand
before leaving the building.
- When walking from your car to your residence, have your door key
in hand before you leave your car. If you are being dropped off, ask the driver
of the car to wait until you are safely in your residence.
- If you drink, drink responsibly.
Contact: University Police Department, Centennial Boulevard, 864-656-2222
Updated: April 2012