Safety Tips & Information

The Campus Safety Office and Its Function

The Anderson University Campus Safety Office is located at 431 Williamston Rd. Building A. It is designated as "Campus Safety and Information Office."

Campus Safety Officers are assigned shifts that provide round-the-clock coverage for the campus of Anderson University. These officers are licensed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and are certified by a state approved instructor. The officers at Anderson University have the same arrest powers (limited to the university campus) as county deputies do. They are authorized to make arrest for misdemeanors committed in their presence and for felonies with probable cause.

The Campus Safety office has a close working relationship with the Anderson City Police Department. Criminal matters of interest and importance are referred to the police for appropriate action and possible prosecution. Likewise, the police notify Campus Safety of our students who are arrested by them for criminal activities.

A few of the Campus Safety functions are, but are not limited to:

  • Assist Student Development with disciplinary matters.
  • Monitor camera system for buildings and parking lots
  • Make regular tests of fire and burglar alarms.
  • Conduct regular fire drills.
  • Provide escort service for student, faculty and staff after dark.
  • Issue parking decals and enforce university parking rules.
  • Assist university motorists with minor vehicular problems.

Crime Reduction and Awareness Program

One of the goals of the Campus Safety Department is to prevent crime. The following services are available to you.

  • Summaries of Crimes on Campus

    In compliance with the Federal Crime Awareness and Security Act of 1990, an annual report setting forth campus crime statistics must be made available. (See Annual Report) This report is furnished to all current students and employees and to any applicant for enrollment or employment upon request. In addition, so that you are aware of your environment, a summary of campus crimes and other serious incidents will be provided to anyone upon request as required by law. More severe type incidents will be emailed as they happen. These will include the surrounding community crimes as well.
  • Prevention Pamphlets and Lectures

    Campus Safety staff are available to provide orientations briefings on services and crime prevention programs to all new students and staff. Special programs may be presented throughout the year that further stresses the importance of student, faculty and staff safety while on and off university property. There are "Emergency Guidelines" posters in each residence hall room relating to student's personal safety.

    Victims of crimes committed on campus are questioned by Campus Safety and advised of their right to report this crime to Anderson City Police Department. If an alleged suspect is a fellow student or a university employee, he/she will be disciplined according to the university policies. Disciplinary actions range from "Verbal Warning" to "Dismissal from the university".
  • Operation Identification

    To mark university property to discourage theft, the department has an engraver for loan.
  • Technical Equipment and Support

    There are eleven yellow emergency call box telephones located on the exterior of the following buildings: Stringer Commons Residence Halls A, B, C, D and E, Kingsley Residence Hall, Merritt Administration Building, Watkins Teaching Center, Rainey Fine Arts Center, North Rouse, Abney Athletic Center, Heritage Apartments, and Campus Safety Operations 431 Williamston Road, Building A outside Campus Safety Door. There is also a telephone on the front of the Campus Safety Office inside the gray box that can be used when no one is in the office at that time. The Campus Safety number is listed and will ring on our mobile phone, and we will return to the office.

Student Responsibility,
It is not only the Campus Safety, Student Development and university administrations responsibility to keep the campus safe, but the students themselves must uphold their part. The following are just a few things students can do to assist in keeping the campus safe:

  • Never prop exterior doors to residence halls open.
  • Residence Hall suite doors should always remain locked, even when you are leaving your room for only a short length of time.
  • Residents should always ask for identification from individuals they do not recognize before allowing them entrance to a building or their room.
  • Never lend your keys to others, no matter how well you know them.
  • Vehicles should be parked in lighted areas, doors locked and all valuables concealed out of sight.
  • Any suspicious looking individual(s) should be immediately reported to Campus Safety at 2060 or Resident Life at 6011.
  • Report unusual student behavior to university counselor at (622) 6074.

Basic Security Precautions for Students and University Employees

Residence Halls:
Adult Area Coordinators are employed by the university and reside in the male and female residence halls on campus. At least one Area Coordinator is on duty during the night every night the University is in session.

  • Keep windows and doors locked.
  • Close blinds after dark.
  • Never prop exterior or suite doors.
  • Report any harassing, obscene, or anonymous phone calls immediately.
  • Report suspicious looking/acting individuals to Campus Safety immediately.
  • Never leave clothes unattended in laundry rooms.

Individual Safety on Campus

  • Never walk alone after dark.
  • Walk in well lit areas and avoid areas where someone could hide.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Be aware of everyone in your immediate area and once again, stay in well lit areas as much as possible.

Vehicle Safety

  • Park in well lit area.
  • Check the area for suspicious looking individuals before leaving your vehicle.
  • Any and all valuables need to be locked in the trunk out of sight.
  • Make sure you lock all doors when you leave the vehicle.
  • Check your vehicle before getting in to insure no one has broken into your vehicle and is hiding inside.
  • Keep doors locked when driving.
  • Never hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.

Physical/Sexual Attacks

XII. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PREVENTION POLICY

Anderson University provides education on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, to all members of the University community through mandatory training, campus programs, printed educational materials, and official campus policies.  In addition, mandatory training for all new students is provided at the start of the school year to educate students about sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. All new students are required to participate in this training.  Types of training include:

  • Video training for all new students and new employees each year
  • In-person training for student leaders
  • In-course training in the freshman course AU 101 each year
  • Training for all employees every three year

In the event of a sexual assault, the victim should be aware of the following procedures:

  • Report the incident to the following:
    • Anderson City Police Department; 401 South Main Street; #911 Campus Safety (231) 2060
    • A victim that is a student should inform the Office of Student Development; Merritt Administration Building; #(864) 231-2075.
  • Seek medical assistance (student health center #(864) 622 6063 / 6064) (AnMed Health Downtown Campus Emergency Room.)
  • Consider the importance of preserving evidence.
  • Consider pressing charges / University officials will cooperate with local officials.

*See additional information on sex offenses that are set forth in the Student Handbook.

Harassing / Obscene Communication

Phone Calls:

  • If you receive a harassing phone call, hang up the phone quickly. Do not respond to the caller.
  • When receiving threatening phone calls or persistent harassing calls, report the situation to Campus Safety.
  • If receiving harassing messages on voice mail, save the message(s) for evidence and report the incident to Campus Safety.

Emails:

  • Harassing emails should be reported to Campus Safety. This does not include spam mail.
  • Save emails for evidence.

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Drug and Alcohol Policy: reference page 66 of student handbook

Anderson University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of alcohol and illegal drugs. The use, possession, distribution, manufacture and sale of alcohol or illegal drugs on campus is prohibited at all times. The University will take action when this policy has been violated. The University will also cooperate with the local, state and federal authorities in the detection and prosecution of persons in violation of law relating to alcohol and illegal drugs.

  1. Alcohol and Drugs Standards of Conduct Policy Anderson University is committed to maintaining a safe, healthy, lawful, and productive study and work environment for all employees and students.
  2. Students enrolled in the undergraduate traditional programs of the University are required to refrain from the possession and/or use of alcohol during the academic year or while participating in University sponsored activities regardless of the time of year. The University further prohibits all students from being under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs on University property or as part of any of the University activities, and students are prohibited from using illegal drugs, whether on or off campus, in compliance with state and federal law.
  3. The possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs by students on University property or as part of any of the University’s activities, is prohibited. Use or distribution of prescription drugs without a prescription is also prohibited.
  4. Any student who hosts events off-campus where alcohol and/or illegal drugs are present or permits such an event to be hosted at their residence, and any student who violates South Carolina law that prohibits providing alcohol to one under the age of 21, shall be subject to discipline. The University will impose disciplinary sanctions on students who violate this policy up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution by law enforcement authorities. A disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY 

In accordance with South Carolina law, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) maintains the state-wide sex offender registry. This registry allows for a search of sex offenders by name, city, county, zip code, and under College Report, provides information on any known sex offender registered as a student attending a college within South Carolina. To access the sex offender registry or to find out more information pertaining to the registry, go to www.sled.sc.gov or visit the Campus Safety Office located on the front lawn of campus. You can search the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry here:http://scor.sled.sc.gov/ConditionsOfUse.Aspx. Under South Carolina law, students who are on the sex offender registry cannot reside in our residence halls.