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Clemson University Police Department

Facilities Policies

Facilities Security Policy

A “Building Security Coordinator” is designated for each Clemson University facility. The Building Security Coordinator is the senior administrator (or designee) of the academic or administrative unit that occupies the building. If two or more units from a single division occupy one facility, the vice president designates the Building Security Coordinator. If two or more units from different divisions occupy one facility, the vice presidents involved designate the Building Security Coordinator.

The Building Security Coordinator serves as the liaison to the Clemson University Police Department as well as other campus departments such as the Fire Department, University Facilities, etc. The following are duties of the Building Security Coordinator:

• Develop a written security plan in conjunction with the appropriate law enforcement authorities and with the approval of the senior administrator(s) responsible for the building 

• Help educate building occupants about the plan and safety/crime prevention in general

  • Help the appropriate law enforcement authorities communicate information quickly to building occupants about particular crimes and/or threats to their personal safety

  • Access Control Policy

    MAIN CAMPUS

    Clemson University promotes the security of campus personnel and appropriate access to University property. During normal business hours, Clemson University is open to students, parents, employees, contractors and guests. During non-business hours, access to buildings is by key, electronic access and/or alarm access code if previously authorized by policy or issued by a representative of the Clemson University Police Department, TigerOne Card Services or the designated Building Security Coordinator. During periods of extended closure, the Clemson University Police Department will only admit those persons with approval from the designated Building Security Coordinator.

    Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to established building hours. Areas that are identified as security concerns will have safety surveys conducted to identify measures to enhance the area. Administrators from the University facility, including the Building Security Coordinator, Clemson University Police Department and Facilities Services, will review these results. The surveys will examine security issues such as access control, lighting, landscaping, locks, alarms and communications. 

    UNIVERSITY CENTER OF GREENVILLE 

    During normal business hours, the University Center of Greenville is open to students, parents, employees, contractors and guests. During non-business hours, access to buildings is by key and alarm access code if previously authorized by policy or issued by a representative of the Greenville Technical College Police Department or University Center Management. During periods of extended closure, the University Center staff will admit only those persons with prior approval.

    Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to established building hours. Areas that are identified as security concerns will have safety surveys conducted to identify measures to enhance the area. Administrators from the University Center of Greenville, Clemson University Police Department, Greenville Technical College Police Department and Facilities Services will review these results. The surveys will examine security issues such as access control, lighting, landscaping, locks, alarms and communications. 

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH

    During normal business hours, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is open to students, parents, employees, contractors and guests. During non-business hours, access to buildings is by key, card access and/or alarm access code if previously authorized by policy or issued by a representative of the Clemson University Police Department or CU-ICAR management. During periods of extended closure, CU-ICAR staff will admit only those persons with prior approval.

    Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to established building hours. Areas that are identified as security concerns will have safety surveys conducted to identify measures to enhance the area. Administrators from the International Center for Automotive Research, Clemson University Police Department, Greenville Police Department and Facilities Services will review these results. The surveys will examine security issues such as access control, lighting, landscaping, locks, alarms and communications. 

    CLEMSON AT THE FALLS

    During normal business hours, Clemson at the Falls is open to students, parents, employees, contractors and guests. During non-business hours, access to buildings is by key, card access and/or alarm access code if previously authorized by policy or issued by a representative of the Clemson University Police Department or Clemson at the Falls management. During periods of extended closure, Clemson at the Falls staff will admit only those persons with prior approval.

    Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to established building hours. Areas that are identified as security concerns will have safety surveys conducted to identify measures to enhance the area. Administrators from Clemson at the Falls, Clemson University Police Department, Greenville Police Department and Facilities Services will review these results. The surveys will examine security issues such as access control, lighting, landscaping, locks, alarms and communications. 

    University Housing Security Policy

    Policies governing access to University Housing facilities are determined by the type of accommodations in question. In University apartments, residents control access to their individual apartment units. In single-sex residence halls, members of the opposite sex are permitted in student-living areas only during visitation hours and only when escorted by a resident host. In co-ed residence halls, all guests, regardless of gender, must be escorted by a resident host. Opposite-sex guests are permitted in student-living units only during prescribed visitation hours. The visitation policy can be found at housing.clemson.edu/new-students/contracts-policies/visitation-policies.

    The Clemson University Police Department and University Housing are primarily responsible for overseeing the security in University residence halls and apartment communities. During the evening hours, the Clemson University Police Department supervises a Residential Housing Security Program which frequently patrols on-campus residence halls and apartment communities. These personnel are assigned portable radios to maintain communication with the Clemson University Police Department’s Communication Center.

    Entry into all residence halls is monitored continuously by an electronic perimeter access system. Staff on-call information is available at the residence hall area desks at all times for assistance in case of emergencies. Security for University Housing is further enhanced by the full-time, graduate-level staff and resident assistants who live within all the student housing areas. These staff members provide assistance 24 hours a day throughout the academic year. Every year, all student staff members are required to attend security and fire-safety training sessions. University Housing provides an on-call emergency responder 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

    The following University Housing regulations promote a safer residence hall environment:

    • Residence hall visitors must enter and exit only by the main entrance to the hall

    • Residents who leave by locked security doors are responsible for leaving the doors in a locked position. If a resident props open any door, he or she held accountable to the terms of their contract and student code of conduct with sanctions up to and including possible eviction from University Housing

    • Locks on bedroom doors are provided for security. Students are encouraged to use them. Students are advised to always close and lock doors and windows whenever they go to bed and whenever they leave the residence hall room or apartment, even if just going away for a few minutes. Students are also prohibited from loaning out keys and are required to report a lost key immediately to the area desk. 

    During holiday periods, additional precautions are recommended such as removing small portable items and closing curtains or shades. Any losses should be reported to the Clemson University Police. 

    • For personal safety, it is recommended that ground-floor-accessible windows be kept locked at all times.

    • Lost or misplaced access cards should also be reported immediately so that they may be deactivated immediately.

    Firearms

    South Carolina Code of Laws section 16-23-420(a) addresses carrying a weapon on campus and reads: “It is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post-secondary institution or in any publicly-owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property. The provisions of this subsection related to any premises or property owned, operated or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college or other postsecondary institution, do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon (SC Code of Laws Title 23, Chapter 31, Article 4) when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.”

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