Emergency Tips & Procedures

The USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety is committed to the security and wellbeing of the Carolina community. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors can help the University minimize harm in the event of an emergency by taking preventive measures and referencing the safety tips in this guide.

The safety tips outlined below are meant to be guidelines are not a comprehensive list of instructions. They are reminders of basic steps that should be taken to minimize the risks associated with general hazardous situations that may arise. Remember that emergencies can present in many different ways, and instructions given by University and emergency personnel at the time of an incident may change as events evolve in a hazardous situation or even conflict at times with the safety tips listed below.

Always follow the instructions of University and emergency personnel.

Safety Tips
  • If you smell or see smoke or fire, pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • Trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Leave.
  • Avoid shortcuts and isolated areas when walking after dark.
  • Don’t walk alone after dark. After sunset, travel only in groups of three or more in well-lit and heavily traveled areas.
  • Use the APO Escort Services (803-777-DUCK), evening shuttle, or police escort (803-777-4215) if solitary travel is needed after dark.
  • When traveling in your vehicle, keep windows up and doors locked.
  • Don’t resist in the event of a robbery – especially if the robber has a weapon.
  • Avoid walking into or through poorly lit or high-crime neighborhoods.
  • Familiarize yourself with call box locations.
  • Don’t carry large sums of cash.
  • If attacked or approached by someone suspicious, contact the police immediately by calling 911 or use the nearest call box. If possible, give a detailed description of the person and their direction of travel.


For a printable pdf of the emergency poster, click here.