How to Report a Crime
Reporting a Crime
You can report a crime online and confidentially through the Crime Report Form.
Emergency and Officer on Patrol Phone Numbers
For emergencies, dial 911 from any phone for the police, fire department or medical assistance. You may use one of the emergency call boxes that are located on the outside of most of the buildings.
For non-emergencies, dial 7777 from a University phone or 503-7777 from a cellular phone or non-University telephone.
Emergency Call Boxes
University Public Safety monitors a network of emergency call boxes throughout the campus. Call boxes are phones that are located outside of the buildings and are activated by picking up the receiver. The call automatically reaches a 911 dispatcher. The caller should stay on the line when the dispatcher answers so officers can get all of the information needed.
Your safety and security when on campus is our number one priority. For this reason, emergency call boxes are strategically located around campus to provide immediate communication with University Police.
There are two types of emergency call boxes: (1) a stanchion type standalone phone with a blue light located at the top of the stanchion; and, (2) a wall-mounted phone located at many entrances to campus buildings. Wall-mounted phones are also equipped with a blue light at the top of the telephone enclosure.
Please remember that emergency call boxes are not restricted to emergencies. They can also be used to report suspicious incidents or people, to request medical assistance or to request a police escort. For non-emergencies, please dial 864-503-777. If you are locked out of your car or have a dead car battery, please text 864-357-3008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency call boxes are activated by either pushing a red button on the front of the enclosure or lifting the handset off the telephone cradle. In either instance, the phone will automatically dial 911 and connect you to a dispatcher. When a dispatcher answers your call, please be prepared to:
- State the reason for your call
- Provide your location
- Provide your name
Report Crimes Promptly
The University encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to University Public Safety and/or local authorities. Any time a crime is reported to someone other than the police department, the information should be passed on to one of the appropriate campus officials who in turn will report it to the proper authorities. The campus officials are as follows:
- Laura Puckett-Boler - Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
- Mandy Whitten - Director of Housing
These people are responsible for making timely warnings to university police for the annual crime statistics.
USC Upstate has two voluntary confidential reporting systems available. One system is accessible from any computer lab or computer that has Internet access. This online information form can be found here. The form is anonymous when submitted and reviewed by the chief of police.
The second system available is a small wooden box located outside of the University Villas Housing office with the word "Tips" on it. Anyone is free to provide information confidentially about a crime.