Keeping Our Campus Safe
The safety, security and welfare of Coastal Carolina University students and the entire University community are central to fulfilling our mission. Our commitment to ensuring campus safety encompasses a number of emergency management initiatives and security measures. We are establishing a comprehensive emergency management program for the university, providing a system that addresses all potential hazards through prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery planning, and preparedness programs.
One of our most important security measures is CCU Alert, a text messaging notification system for all students (and their families), faculty and staff. In the event of an emergency, CCU Alert is a critical component in our communications procedures and provides quick notification in the event of a campus emergency, including threatening weather events. I encourage everyone in the CCU community to sign up for CCU Alert.
Other measures that are part of our safety and security effort include:
- More than 90 uniformed police officers and security officers ensuring the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors;
- Campus-wide 24-hour security including more than 600 security cameras, 150 emergency call boxes, and over 1,000 panic alarms;
- Enhanced lighting in parking lots, sidewalks and around buildings;
- Access security control for Ingle and Eaglin residence halls;
- Trained responders, many of whom are sworn police officers, fire and safety officers, and security guards, as well as others who have earned FEMA certifications;
- Establishment of emergency management director position to ensure the development and implementation of a comprehensive, all-hazards and threats emergency management program for the university;
- Enhanced safety and security training programs for all faculty and staff, including mandatory active shooter training; and
- Students at Risk Team of professional staff and faculty who identify and assist students whose behaviors are disruptive to the educational and/or residence hall environment or raise safety-related concerns.
I welcome your suggestions on additional ways we may enhance the campus-wide effort toward providing the safety and security that will support an environment of learning and discovery for all.
David A. DeCenzo
President, Coastal Carolina University