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.
Important Information for Students
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.
Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police
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.
- 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.
There is a City parking garage directly behind “The George,” with 240 parking spaces allotted for USC Upstate students.
The University of South Carolina Upstate maintains a full-service 24-hour Police Department staffed by certified law enforcement officers fully accredited by the State of South Carolina. Police Officers patrol the campus in clearly marked vehicles, bicycles, electric carts and foot patrol. The University Police Department may be reached for emergencies at any time by dialing 911 from campus telephones, cellular phones or off-campus telephones. For non-emergency calls, dial 7777 from campus telephones or 864-503-7777 from cellular telephones or off-campus telephones. For after hours, non-emergency calls dial 864-357-3008.
Services include the delivery of security awareness and crime prevention programs, student escorts, securing campus buildings, VIP protection, assisting stranded motorists, providing helpful, friendly information to guests and visitors, managing the University card access control system, monitoring the closed circuit television system (CCTV), student mentoring, managing the Lost and Found, responding to campus fire and burglar alarms, investigating reported violations of state law and University policy, traffic enforcement, staffing of student and other special events and a host of other services.
This division enforces campus parking regulations, manages the parking decal distribution system, facilitates transfer of collection accounts, provides student escorts, vehicle unlocks, jump starts and directions.
- All persons who shall regularly or occasionally drive, operate or control, park or let stand, or otherwise use or maintain a motor vehicle on the land or property of the University are required to register the vehicle with the University Public Safety Department.
- Regulations apply to drivers of all vehicles, whether public or private, and are in force twenty-four hours a day unless otherwise posted. Parking permits allow the holders the privilege of parking on campus, but do not guarantee the holder a parking space unless so specified.
- The driver of any vehicle shall obey the lawful instruction of any University Public Safety or Parking Enforcement officer and any official traffic sign placed in accordance with the provisions of these regulations except otherwise directed by an officer.
- No person shall, without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down or remove any official traffic sign or device, or any inscription, shield or insignia thereon, or any other part thereof.
- The University shall assume no responsibility for the care and/or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time while it is operated or parked on campus. Valuables should not be left in unoccupied vehicles at any time and vehicles should be locked when not in use. Thefts, or damages that occur should be reported to the University Public Safety Department for investigation or other action.
Conducts building inspections, oversees emergency fire drills, reviews and approves construction plans, ensures life safety code compliance and serves as liaison with North Spartanburg Fire Department and Spartanburg County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Processes and distributes University Identification cards to all faculty, staff and students.
Oversees employee and contractor safety compliance, researches, procures and renews institutional insurance policies, processes insurance claims, facilitates employee OSHA training, manages the University shuttle bus drivers, assists in the “Building a Disaster Resistant University” effort and “Enterprise Risk Management” program.Is also responsible for hazardous waste management, environmental health and safety and aerial photography.
Responsible for oversight of the Incident Management Plan including all aspects of training, preparation, mitigation, response and recovery efforts. Also includes oversight of the SpartAlert notification system, Timely Warning Notices, severe weather evacuation areas, managing building and floor coordinators and campus emergency phones and communications
Manages the University fleet of motor and electric vehicles, oversees maintenance and service records, conducts annual inspections of all vehicles, processes accident reports, manages and facilitates driver education programs, secures annual 10 year driving histories on all part-time employees.