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Comprehensive Standard 3.11.2

The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community. (Institutional environment) 

Judgement: Compliant 


The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) recognizes the importance of providing a healthy, safe, and secure campus environment and invests in programs, policies, facilities, and management structures to implement this objective.

Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental health and safety initiatives are primarily managed within the units under the responsibility of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Affairs.  Academic laboratories are supervised by the respective academic units. The USC System provides a comprehensive set of programs through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to include onsite inspection and recommendations; information on federal standards, codes, and regulations; training and other services 

The Office of Risk Management (ORM)assists in campus inspections,distributes reports to respective areas for compliance, coordinates the delivery of Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA)training, and performs a number of risk management functions includingidentifyingrisks and mitigating activities.  In coordination with assigned laboratory managers, the Risk Management Director disposes of hazardous chemical and biological waste according to prescribed procedures.Inspections of laboratories and operating procedures for the storage and disposition of waste are implemented for Spartanburg and Greenville campuses.

Examples ofinspections are:

Liability, Property, and Other Insurance
To protect the assets of the University and provide recovery from a loss or incident,ORM maintains and annually renews insurance coverage with the state insurance provider, the South Carolina Insurance Reserve Fund.  Coverage includes buildings, contents, equipment, data, professional and tort liability, student workers’ compensation, and business interruption insurance.Coverage applies to assets, personnel, and programs for the Spartanburg and Greenville campuses and USC Sumter.

University Public Safety
University Public Safetyincludesadministration, investigations, parking services, fire and emergency services, risk management, motor pool, and identification cards (CarolinaCards), issued for faculty, staff, and students (Department of Public Safety Organization Chart).   

For the Spartanburg campus, under the direction of the Chief of Police, USC Upstate maintains a full-service, 24/7 police department staffed by professional law enforcement officers.All officers are certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and accredited by the State of South Carolina.  Fire suppression services are outsourced to the North Spartanburg Fire Department.  Fire prevention services are provided by an on-staffSouth Carolina fire marshal. Emergency medical services are administered by Spartanburg County EMS.

The Police Department is certified by the State of South Carolina as the law enforcement agency of record for USC Upstate. Primary fiduciary duties include protection of life and property through enforcement of state criminal statutes, traffic laws, county ordinances, and University policies.  Execution of these duties is governed by professional standards as set forth by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, industry-wide-accepted best practices, and department policies as reflected by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

In addition to compulsory criminal justice academy training, all officers must complete a minimum of 40 in-service training hours every three years in order to maintain law enforcement certification. Training curricula address disciplines such as perishable skills, legal updates, defensive driving, and domestic violence.  Annually, officers must complete training in OSHA issues pertinent to law enforcement, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bloodborne pathogens, and firearms.Officers also obtain specialized teaching certifications to support the law enforcement mission includingvictim’s advocacy, fatal vision, rape aggression defense (RAD), firearms, Taser use, defensive driving, defensive tactics, and active shooter response.

University police officers wear badges and uniforms and patrol in a variety of modes:marked vehicles equipped with emergency lighting and sirens,bicycles, electric vehicles, and foot.  Security service is provided for campus facilities including academic buildings, residence halls, special events, and athletic contests.  Police officers or security personnel lock and unlock buildings as scheduled. Access for faculty and staff is provided by identification card access pursuant to authorization.  Doorsinresidence hallsremain locked at all times and are equipped with card access systems.

University Public Safetycommunicates by several methods.  Each officer and police vehicle is equipped with radios to allow communication on campus andwithemergency first responding partners (Spartanburg County Sheriff, EMS, North Spartanburg Fire Services, and Regional One helicopter services).  Mobile data terminals are installed in vehicles to access criminal databases of the State Law Enforcement Division, National Crime Information Center, and South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle Management (DMV).  In addition, cameras and audio equipment in patrol cars activate when a vehicle stop is initiated.

Safety and Security Initiatives:

  • Campus Safety Walk – Each academic year, members of the Student Government Association,University Public Safety, and Facilities ManagementDepartment participate in a campus safety walk, during both daylight and nighttime hours, to identify potential hazards and security concerns across campus (Campus Safety Walk 2010-11).
  • Fire Inspections and Drills – The campusFire Marshal conducts annual building evacuations in all academic and support buildings. Evacuation drills in residence halls are conducted at least twice each semester.  In addition, the Fire Marshal conducts annual fire and safety inspections of all campus buildings (Schedule of Fire Safety Inspections).  Inspections of new and retrofit construction related to fire/life safety issues are conducted on an as-needed basis in collaboration with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, North Spartanburg Fire Department, and the campus Fire Marshal.  A fire safety report is prepared annually (Clery Report 2009-10).
  • Crime Reports –University Public Safety prepares an annual reportto comply with theCleryAct. These statistics are used by the department toimplement strategic crime prevention measures through community-oriented policing (Clery Report. 2009-10).
  • Emergency Telephones –Emergency telephones are located on the outside of campus buildings and in other selected locations across campus. These telephones connect the caller directly to the University police.In 2010-11, thirty new emergency phones were installed on the Spartanburg campus includingthe George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics (Proposed and Existing Emergency Call Boxes). 
  • Emergency Preparedness –USC Upstate has developed a comprehensive National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant emergency management plan reflecting an “all hazards” philosophy addressing preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery (Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide). Training exercises are conducted each semester to test response and recovery capabilities.  Additional training for coordinators is held throughout the year.  In 2009-10, a full-scale active shooter exercise was conducted on campus with participation of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department, North Spartanburg Fire Department, the Coroner’s Office, Spartanburg Emergency Medical Services, and Regional One.
  • Emergency Notification, “SpartAlert” – The University community is notified of a potential or existing emergency via SpartAlert, the campus-wide emergency notification system, which employs text messaging, e-mail, and voice over IP telephones.  The system is tested each semester.
  • Campus Surveillance and Security Systems – The University has developed a five-year comprehensive security hardware plan that encompasses surveillance systems, intrusion alarms, card access, emergency call boxes, upgraded door locks, and defibrillators (Campus Security Master Plan).
  • Intrusion Alarm Systems – A number of intrusion and panic alarm systems have been installed at strategic locations to deter theft and protect personnel.
  • Access Control Systems – Most campus buildings are now equipped with the Cbord card access system for enhanced security. In the resident student parking lots, card-controlled gates have been installed for residents and staff.

Parking and Traffic Control
Parking Servicescontrols the use of parking facilities and issues citations.  With access to the SC DMV, vehicle identification is more effective.Reported traffic accidents were at a five-year low in 2010, a 25% decrease from the previous year.  This decrease is attributed to the use of radar, speed bumps, and uniform speed limits on campus (Traffic Accidents, 2005 to 2009).

Security at Off-campus Locations
USC Upstate programs and services are provided at the Greenville campus facilities managed by Greenville Technical College (GTC).Security services are provided by the GTCOffice of Campus Police.Information on the services provided and crime reports for the Greenville campus location are available at the GTC website.

At USC Sumter, where the USC Upstate School of Education offers programs, security is provided as a part of the overall USC Sumter security services. Crime statistics indicates very low criminal activity.

Safety Survey Results
An employee satisfaction survey was conducted in 2008 and 88% of employees responded that they strongly agree or agree to the statement “I feel safe on campus.”

Health Services
SC Upstate operates an outpatienthealth services facility,with supervision of a nurse practitioner,which providesselected clinical services and health information for students, faculty, and staff.  As stipulated in the 2011-2012 Academic Catalog, all students, including international, are required to have a history of current immunizations on file prior to enrollment with proof of certain immunizations as a condition of enrollment.In addition, proof of certain immunizations is also a condition of admission to the Nursing Program or residence in student housing.

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