On campus, the Campus Police officers enforce all regulations and laws - those of the college, the City of Columbia and the State of South Carolina. The Department of Campus Police also has a close working relationship with the City of Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Benedict College Policy on Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
Benedict College prohibits the possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverages while on campus, or while he/she is representing the college off campus, or entertaining any guests who possess any alcoholic beverages on campus.
The Campus Police Department will vigorously enforce this policy as well as State and Local laws pertaining to alcohol. The college provides substance abuse counseling and educational programs to any member of the campus community desiring assistance. Any member seeking access to these programs should contact the Counseling Center at 705-4593.
State and Local Law Prohibits:
- Possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21.
- Providing alcoholic beverages to underage individuals.
- Sale or advertisement of alcoholic beverages without a license.
- Open alcoholic beverage containers in public areas.
- Public drunkenness.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
- Possession, use, manufacturing, and distribution of illegal drugs.
The Campus Police Department's designated Victim's Rights Advocate collaborates with the Health Center's nurse and the Counseling Center to provide safety tips, date rape drug information and other information as a preventative measure. Additional preventative measures are provided by the Health Center, which documents twice annual educational workshops in each dormitory on acquaintance/date rape, and the Counseling Center, which receives referrals for students to attend eight (8) group and/or individual educational sessions in the area of sexual responsibility (Sexual Responsibility Program (SRP). Interventive measures include referrals to the Health Center, The Campus Counseling Center and/or to the Sexual Trauma Support Unit at a local hospital for evaluation and follow-up, as the situation demands. When a sex offense occurs, the victim is willing to pursue legal charges, the suspect will be charged under the appropriate statue. Refusals for medical services and to pursue legal charges are documented and referrals are made to the Health Center and/or Counseling Center for follow-up. If the victim is either willing or unwilling to pursue legal charges, the suspect is referred to the Campus' Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee makes recommendations/referrals based upon the outcome of the Judiciary hearing and forwards those recommendations to the appropriate units.