SC State extends condolences to Virginia Tech

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The entire South Carolina State University family is deeply saddened by the tragic events which took place on the campus of Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.  As a community of scholars, we share a common bond among all students, faculty, and staff.  Therefore, a tragic event, such as the one on yesterday, affects all of us.  We join our colleagues at colleges and universities throughout the country in offering our prayers and extending our heart-felt condolences to the families of the students and employees who were tragically killed as well as the entire Virginia Tech Family.  

We want the entire SC State community to know, that as other universities are reviewing their crisis management and emergency procedures, we are doing the same.  We all hope that such incidents will never happen on our campuses, but in the unlikely event that it does, we want to ensure that we respond accordingly.  Such a review is ongoing and revisions, as appropriate, will be made.  

We remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. SC State’s campus police department, led by Chief Gregory Harris, is extremely experienced, professional and on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The SCSUPD also works closely with city, county and state law enforcement officials.

Please be reminded of our Campus Security Initiative; some of the features follow:

  • A new emergency call number (803) 516-411 (6-411)
  • Increased patrols by uniformed officers in vehicles, bicycles and on foot to identify vulnerable areas of concern
  • An additional team of 29 residence life security officers stationed inside residence halls with expanded security outside the residence halls
  • Additional call boxes (14) across the campus to improve the level of communication within the campus community
  • Implementation of a Campus Crime Watch program that includes crime prevention tips, notices and contact information for emergencies which will be posted in all residence halls
  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs) produced by the Office of University Relations and Marketing aired our campus radio (90.3 FM)
  • Dissemination of crime prevention tips and signs that include the do’s and don’ts while on campus
  • Signs and informational literature placed in all residence halls, academic buildings, administrative buildings and dining facilities throughout campus pertaining to the safety initiative
  • Monthly campus-wide safety forums for faculty, staff and students on security issues and crime prevention.
  • One hundred percent (100%) identification check on all non-university registered vehicles after 8 p.m.