800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 293031-864-503-5000
The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community. (Institutional environment)
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 SafetyEnvironmental 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 InsuranceTo 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 SafetyUniversity 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:
Parking and Traffic ControlParking 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 LocationsUSC 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 ResultsAn 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.
USC Upstate800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 29303Toll-free: 800-277-8727Phone: 864-503-5000E-mail Us
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?