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Department of Advocacy and Success | Division of Student Affairs | Clemson University

Clemson University Crisis Management Team

Clemson University educates individuals and groups to minimize behaviors that can cause accidents or injuries. Nevertheless, University-related crises will occur and must be managed efficiently and effectively. The following outlines the steps in Clemson University's Crisis Management Plan and establishes Clemson University Crisis Management Team.

Scope of the Crisis Management Plan

The Crisis Management Plan will be enacted in serious incidents defined as any of the following:

  1. Any death on campus or at a University sanctioned or sponsored event or in/around a University facility;

  2. Any death of a student or employee traveling to, from, or on behalf of Clemson University;

  3. Serious damage to college property (including all arson);

  4. Any threat to the health, safety or welfare of the University community;

  5. Other incidents unique to the campus demanding special attention, but not involving the above, such as serious injury to a visitor or extraordinary damage to community property by students;

  6. Other incidents which, in the judgment of the vice president for student affairs, require or would benefit from input from the crisis team.

Authority for Implementing the Crisis Management Plan

The Clemson University Crisis Management Team described below is delegated full authority by the President of Clemson University to:

  1. Implement a swift, unified and comprehensive response to a serious incident;

  2. Investigate and evaluate serious incidents for the purpose of preventing or minimizing the impact of a future incident; and

  3. Handle public and internal communication related to the event.

The Clemson University Crisis Management Team will report to the President through the Vice President for Student Affairs.
The composition of the Clemson University Crisis Management Team shall be:


Active Management of Crisis

The Clemson University Crisis Management Team will conduct a yearly training session for all team members and potential substitutes to review, revise and rehearse crisis management procedures.

When a crisis is anticipated or occurs, the following steps will be taken:

Threat Assessments Teams:

These small subgroups below should be called to assess threat of harm:

           For student concerns:
                 AVPSA/Dean of Students - Chair
                 OCES Director (of students)
                 CAPS Director - Residential Life Director (of residential students)
                 Chief of Police - Sr. Associate General Council

            For employee concerns:
                   AVPSA/Dean of Students - Chair
                   HR Director

                   Senior Associate Legal Counsel

                   CAPS Director
                   Chief of Police
                   Provost's designee/Dean

  • Faculty and staff call Police and legal counsel as well as HR.

  • Faculty and staff can request "no trespass notice" if they feel threatened by the spouse/family of co-worker.

  • When there's a firing, a plain-clothes police officer can be in the room/area.

  • CUPD has had success in sending a letter and making a phone call telling person not to make further contact with faculty/staff.

  • When safety concerns arise, they are discussed with building security coordinator.

  • Info needs to be added to the faculty/staff web pages.                      

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