• Campus Safety and Security

    Our goal is to provide our students, staff, and visitors every possible resource to make University of Charleston (UC) a safe and enjoyable campus.

    In addition to routine police and security-related functions, our department endeavors to provide students, staff, and visitors a variety of other helpful services such as:

    • Vehicle lockout assistance (signed release required)
    • Battery booster jumps (signed release required)
    • Handicapped assistance
    • Home security checks
    • Personal safety escorts
    • Local travel and campus information
    • "Operation ID" with engravers and inventory forms
    • Room lockout assistance (must contact RA or RD). Security will respond to room lockouts for emergencies only.
    • Campus parking decals to staff and students
    • Lost and found center
    • Bank escorts
    • Other related services
    • R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense training (for women only)
    • A.L.I.C.E. Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate training

    History of the Department  

    The first official UC campus Department of Safety and Security was organized in 1986. Since that time, the department has been striving to keep pace with all current training, technology, and issues dealing with campus crime, including crime reporting laws regulated by the U. S. Department of Education.

    We are pleased to report that our crime statistics are very favorable, and crime prevention continues to be our primary goal as we proactively move forward. Campus crime statistics are published annually and made available to all staff and students.


    For additional information about campus safety, you can:

    • Call our main office during normal business hours (304) 357-4857
    • Call our Duty Carry Cell Phones (304) 859-2755 or (304) 859-2757
    • For emergencies dial 911
    • Procedures & Emergency Systems

      Patrols, Call Boxes, and Procedures

      A combination of campus-wide foot and cruiser patrols are routinely conducted, as well as interior foot patrols of all residence halls.

      Emergency call boxes are positioned at key locations on campus. Upgrading and improving existing lighting is a priority.

      The Department of Safety and Security works very closely with Student Affairs in addressing all areas of safety related to residential and commuter students. All crimes are investigated and adjudicated quickly, and special effort is made to safeguard each student’s rights, dignity, and confidentiality. All Student Affairs issues are governed by a comprehensive student handbook made available to each student.

      Radio Links to 911 and Campus Facilities

      Our department is linked by radio to local Metro 911 operators and local police agencies to coordinate quick and effective responses to fire, EMS, and police emergencies. The Safety & Security Departments participates in a mutual-aid agreement with all local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, campus patrol officers are equipped with radio communications linked to the residence hall RAs, RDs, maintenance staff, and other support services on campus.

      Officers are on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached by phone, radio, 911 operators, and voice pagers.

      State-of-the-Art Technology

      The campus Department of Safety and Security maintains state-of-the-art digital cameras linked to our IT system, and can monitor all exits and entrances to each residence hall. Cameras are also positioned at other high-risk areas throughout the campus, as well as PTZ cameras on the parking lots. The camera system is continually being improved as the campus expands.

      All residence halls and other high-risk areas are further protected by card access control.

      Emergency Notification Systems

      In the event of a serious emergency, the university maintains both an audible and a text-messaging system to quickly notify students and staff. Department of Safety & Security staff members have the unique capability of sending out “live” audible messages through loud speakers across the campus directly from their mobile radio. These announcements allow the officers to provide ongoing and accurate information as situations quickly develop and change.

      Students and staff members are strongly encouraged to go on line and sign up to participate in the text messaging system