Public Safety and Parking at USC Upstate

Public Safety and Parking

The Department of Public Safety exists to serve and protect the physical and human assets of the University of South Carolina Upstate by promoting and maintaining a safe, secure and healthy campus environment. This is realized through engaged community-oriented policing, effective fire prevention and inspection, service-oriented Fleet Management operations, efficient Parking Services and a professionally run Office of Risk Management. Our mission significantly contributes to and supports an environment where staff, students and faculty may flourish in the pursuit of academic excellence.

Fire and Crime Log

The Department of Public Safety maintains a fire and crime log at the front counter of the Police Department. The purpose of the fire and crime log is to record all incidents of fires in student housing facilities, criminal incidents, and alleged criminal incidents reported to University Police. This log is available for public viewing during normal business hours at the Department of Public Safety located at 219 North Campus Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29303.


  • KlayPeterson

    Hello, and welcome from University Public Safety.

    Assuring the safety and the well-being of USC Upstate students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus is the primary purpose of University Public Safety.

    The University Public Safety Department serves an important role in the safety of the campus community. We have assembled a strong team of public safety personnel that complement the university environment. Our department includes the Chief of Police, an Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenant of Investigations, four police sergeants who serve as platoon supervisors, eight police officers, two campus safety officers, three parking services officers, three shuttle bus drivers, an Administrative Manager, Director of Risk Management, Fire Marshal, and two front counter technicians. Collectively our officers bring more than 200 years of law enforcement experience.

    We will do everything possible to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience at USC Upstate. We are here to help and serve you. If you have any questions or are ever in need of our services, please do not hesitate to contact our department at (864) 503-7777.

    Klay Peterson
    Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police

  • The Campus Parking Map shows were parking is located for each of the following: 

    • Faculty & Staff
    • Communiting Student
    • Residential Student
    • Overflow
    • Visitor
    • Handicap

    The Parking Map in in a printable format PDF Document Download

  • The University provides a free shuttle service between the Spartanburg campus and the Johnson College campus downtown. Students are encouraged to use this shuttle service for convenience and as a way to protect the environment. There is a also a free shuttle service available on Friday nights from campus to the Westside Mall and Wal-Mart shopping center.

    See Shuttle Bus Schedule

    Shuttle Stops
    Main Campus:

    • Gramling Drive (in front of Campus Edge Apartments)
    • University Readiness Center (across from the Health Education Complex on North Campus Blvd.)
    • North Campus Boulevard and Hodge Drive
    • Downtown Campus: “The George” (Liberty Street - between Business School and Chapman Cultural Center)

    Free to Ride
    The shuttle is free to ride for ALL students, whether you take business classes at “The George” or not.  However, you MUST present a valid USC Upstate I.D. to board the shuttle.

    Parking Downtown
    There is a City parking garage directly behind “The George,” with 240 parking spaces allotted for USC Upstate students.