News and Notices

4/19/2021 – CUPD earns national accreditation

The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) was awarded national accreditation on March 26, 2021 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®).

9/30/2020 – CUPD joins national ABLE Project to build culture of peer intervention

Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) has been selected to join the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.

2/13/2020 – Clemson University Police partners with the National Police Foundation and Vera Institute to implement collaborative approach to public safety enhancements

Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) is committed to enhancing security, reducing risk and preventing harm. To accomplish these important outcomes, the department has been creating processes that utilize data gathered from a myriad of sources and community engagement and outreach to assist with resource deployment and problem-solving.

12/6/2019 – Fire, police departments partner to offer Stop the Bleed training

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign aimed at equipping, training and encouraging members of the general public to help in the event of a massive traumatic event until professional medical help arrives. Its mantra is simple: the only thing more tragic than a death… is a death that could have been prevented.

CUPD reminder of personal safety tips

The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) would like to remind students, faculty and staff of the following safety precautions as we move through the 2019-20 academic year.

CUPD announces promotions and new swear-ins among staff additions

In its summer quarterly meeting late Thursday afternoon, the Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) welcomed several new officers and announced an internal promotion in a ceremony led by Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen.

Whitaker tapped as deputy chief of police for Clemson University

Greg Whitaker has been hired as deputy chief of police at Clemson University, effective Monday, July 8. Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen announced the hiring of Whitaker, a longtime member of the law enforcement community.

Annual Report

The Clemson University Police Department is proud to present the 2018 annual report. Included in the document is a message from Chief Greg Mullen along with a comprehensive look into organizational goals, structure, development, training, technology and outreach.

Video Surveillance Policy

Clemson University seeks to provide a safety-conscious and enriched environment for its students, employees and those visiting the campus. The use of video surveillance technology allows the public safety department to assess trends and foresee problems to increase its response time, to cover a larger portion of the campus and better utilize resources.

4/18/19 - Podcast with Lt. Michael Collins

Michael Collins once sat in a wide receivers room for Clemson Football with a young, up-and-coming position coach by the name of Dabo Swinney. He went on to earn two letters for the Tigers before a degenerative hip issue prematurely ended his playing career. After graduating with a degree in sociology in 2005, Collins quickly turned his attention toward a career in law enforcement. He began in the town of Pendleton before joining the patrol division with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. He later became a special agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Now, he’s back at his alma mater as a lieutenant covering special events and day-to-day operations within the investigative support bureau.

4/16/19 - CUPD engages in professional development opportunities for staff

Greg Mullen isn’t shy about setting a high standard of excellence within the Clemson University Police Department (CUPD).

The way Clemson’s associate vice president for public safety and chief of police sees it, part of his job is ensuring professional development is at the core of his staff’s continuing education.

4/9/19 - Exercise offers first responders practical, valuable experience

The university held an active shooter exercise on Tuesday, March 19, where members of CUPD were joined by Fire and Emergency Medical Services, as well as officials from multiple local agencies, in the central part of Clemson’s campus while students were off enjoying spring break. More than 100 role players were involved in a realistic simulation as officials responded to the various elements presented in the scenario.

3/21/19 - Podcast with Lt. Chris Harrington

Chris Harrington serves as director of professional development and training as part of Greg Mullen’s command staff. Harrington, along with Capt. Bill Shivar of Fire/EMS, was an exercise director on Tuesday, March 19 as first responders from the university as well as mutual aid partners took part in an active shooter drill on campus. He discusses that exercise at length, his role within CUPD and future aspirations in law enforcement.

3/21/19 - Seven new officers sworn in

Seven officers were sworn in to the Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) by Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen during the March "master muster" meeting.

3/13/19 - First responders to hold active shooter exercise on main campus

Clemson University first-responders will conduct an active shooter exercise Tuesday, March 19, in the central campus area. The exercise will be during the week of spring break, when it will cause less disruption than when classes are in session.

Clemson University and city police, fire and EMS will participate in the exercise along with about 150 participants who will act as role players, bystanders or exercise observers.

2/18/19 - Clemson raises more than $120,000 for United Way: How one department went “all in” for the annual campaign

Greg Mullen knows a lot about the good that United Way does in a community. The Clemson University police chief saw that firsthand when he served on the organization’s board of directors in the city of Charleston, where he spent 11 years as police chief.

“Through that experience, I was able to see the remarkable programs supported by United Way,” he said. “One of my favorites was the Backpack Buddies program that provides nutritious foods in backpacks for children to take home on the weekends. Otherwise, these children, who are enrolled in free- or reduced-lunch programs, probably wouldn’t have eaten over the weekend. When the children return to school on Mondays, they bring their backpacks with them and they get replenished.”

2/14/19 - Collins, Gregory join CUPD as Lieutenants

Michael Collins and Mark Gregory have joined the Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) and were sworn in by Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen during a monthly meeting.

“We are honored to add Lt. Collins and Lt. Gregory to our department,” Mullen said. “We take the duties entrusted to us very seriously, and both of these new hires have hit the ground running as we aim to provide students, faculty, staff and guests with a safe and secure environment.”

12/30/18 - Prisco Named 2018 CUPD Officer of the Year

Matthew Prisco has been named 2018 Clemson University Police Officer of the Year, as announced by Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Greg Mullen. Prisco was recognized at a county-wide banquet recently and during an internal CUPD meeting on Dec. 19, 2018.

“We’re glad to recognize Matthew for his excellent work,” Mullen said. “More than 50 percent of the nominations we received were for Matthew. His peers feel that strongly about the things he’s doing. He is always available to do anything as needed, whether it’s filling in on a shift, coming in early — anything you want in someone who is an all-around officer. He’s always looking for opportunities to improve and help the organization grow.”

Prisco was presented a plaque in front of fellow officers and professional staff at CUPD headquarters. The award is given in honor and appreciation for distinguished and dedicated service to the university police department.

11/19/18 - Changes to South Carolina moped laws

Important changes to South Carolina laws regarding mopeds took effect on Nov. 19, 2018. Under the new laws, the definition of a motor vehicle no longer excludes a moped, and as such mopeds are now required to be registered with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV). Below is a list of important information on the new law changes that will impact the members of our community who operate mopeds.

  • Mopeds may not exceed an engine size of 50 cubic centimeters or 750-1500 watts.
  • Mopeds, by definition, must not be capable of travelling greater than 35 mph.
  • Operators must possess a valid driver’s license or moped operator’s license.
  • Upon registration, the SCDMV will provide owners with an official state “MOPED” plate, which must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle at all times.
  • Moped operators must drive in the rightmost lane on the roadway unless making a left turn.
  • Any person operating or riding on a moped who is under the age of 21 must wear a helmet.
  • It is unlawful to operate a moped on a roadway with a posted speed limit greater than 55 mph.
  • Mopeds must utilize headlights and all operational lighting at all times, regardless of day or nighttime conditions.
  • Mopeds are not required under this law to be insured as long as the vehicle does not exceed the definitions of a moped as listed above.
  • Mopeds may be titled through the SCDMV upon showing of a proper bill of sale at any SCDMV branch.
  • Mopeds belonging to and operated by nonresidents may be operated in this state as long as the moped is properly registered in the owner’s home state and displays a valid registration.
  • Nonresidents are subject to this registration requirement upon establishing residency, when having operated the moped for an accumulated period of more than 180 days or when their moped is not properly registered in their home state.

Costs associated with this act are $15 to title and $10 to register. Registration is valid for a two-year period. Mopeds purchased Nov. 19, 2018, and after are subject to the 5 percent of sales price (maximum of $500) infrastructure maintenance fee in addition to title and registration fees.

For more information, to find a branch or to remain up-to-date on any revisions to the registration process, visit