Prevention of crime on our campus is a joint responsibility of Benedict College's Campus Police Department and members of the college community. Public apathy is the criminal's greatest ally.

You cannot assume that someone else has reported criminal activity, therefore, it is important that all crimes and emergencies occurring on the campus or involving members of the Benedict community be reported immediately to the Campus Police personnel. Timely reports will be made to the administration on crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and/or acts considered to be a threat to other students and employees.

You may contact Campus Police by calling ext. 5400. This number is active only from on-campus telephones. When off campus, dial (803) 253-5400. When reporting criminal activities or other emergency situations, please provide the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. The location of the incident you are reporting.
  3. A description of the scene and any suspects.
  4. A description of any vehicle including license plate numbers.

Upon observing or responding to reports of criminal or disruptive behaviors, Campus Police personnel will take appropriate action which may include detaining or arresting suspects, completing incident reports and/or Benedict College administrative action reports, performing preliminary and follow-up investigations and bringing criminal or administrative charges.

As a safety measure, all outside doors of dormitories are locked during the hours of 9:00 p. m. to 9:00 a.m. weekdays. On weekends, outside doors stay locked. Resident students are issued keys to their dorms. Each dormitory is staffed by a dormitory director and residential hall advisors. Students entering dormitories will be subject to having their identification cards checked and all guests will be required to sign in and to identify the student(s) whom they are visiting.

Students who are locked out of their rooms may contact their respective dormitory director or security personnel and after properly identifying themselves, may gain entry.

Crime Prevention Tips

  • Avoid walking alone.
  • Avoid shortcuts through dark or least traveled areas.
  • Park in well lit areas and always have your keys ready.
  • Engrave and register all valuables.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and potential danger spots.
  • Never prop doors open and always lock room doors.
  • When entering a locked building, do not let anyone walk in with you.

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 BC CARES office 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.

Benedict College Policy Prohibits

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
  • Possession or use of alcoholic Beverages on the campus.
  • Public drunkenness.
  • Loud or disruptive behavior, or damage to College property related to the use of alcoholic beverages.
  • Possession or use of firearms, explosives, toxic chemicals, or other dangerous weapons on campus.
  • The use, possession, sale, delivery and/or manufacture of illegal drugs will not be tolerated by Benedict College, and may be grounds for the suspension or dismissal of student(s), faculty member(s), administration and staff.
  • Violation of the policies noted above will result in administrative disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.