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Learn about situations such as crime alerts, university closings and health or weather advisories that aren’t immediately threatening to life safety but warrant a notification.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Columbia Campus

02/28/2024 6:22 pm

Carolina Alert: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for the Columbia Campus until Wednesday, February 28, 2024 7:15pm. Seek safe shelter immediately.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for the Columbia campus

01/27/2024 6:03 pm

Carolina Alert: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for the Columbia campus until Saturday, January 27, 2024 6:45pm. Seek safe shelter immediately.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the Columbia campus

01/27/2024 5:35 pm

Carolina Alert: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for the Columbia campus until Saturday, January 27, 2024 6:00pm. Seek safe shelter immediately.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Columbia Campus

01/09/2024 3:06 pm

Carolina Alert: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the Columbia campus until Tuesday, January 09, 2024 3:45pm. Seek safe shelter immediately.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Columbia Campus

01/09/2024 1:59 pm

Carolina Alert: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the Columbia Campus until Tuesday, January 09, 2024 3:00pm. Seek safe shelter immediately.


USC Monitoring Inclement Weather on Tuesday, January 09, 2024

01/09/2024 5:14 pm

In consultation with state and county emergency officials, the University of South Carolina is tracking inclement weather expected to impact the Midlands on Tuesday. While it is too soon to know the storm’s impact, we do not anticipate a campus closure. The current forecast calls for heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts in the Columbia area, beginning around noon on Tuesday and lasting through Tuesday evening. As a state agency, any potential closures are based on decisions by Richland County government offices; not local K-12 school districts. Please know that even in the rare instances of weather-related closures, normal campus services are available to students, including dining, health services and access to virtual academic support services and recreational facilities. Instructors and supervisors are urged to be flexible regarding attendance for students and employees traveling during inclement weather and those with childcare needs. If conditions or the forecast should worsen, we will adjust our plans accordingly and will keep you informed. In the meantime, please be sure to monitor sc.edu/weather, USC's social media at https://twitter.com/uofsc, and the Carolina Alert webpage at https://sc.edu/carolinaalert for any updates.


FLASH FLOOD WARNING issued for Columbia campus

09/17/2023 2:03 pm

FLASH FLOOD WARNING issued for Columbia campus


Carolina Alert: Update - Armed robbery on Columbia campus at Corner Pantry at 830 Assembly St

09/15/2023 6:35 am

Carolina Alert: Update - Armed Robbery on the Columbia campus: After a thorough canvas, the suspect is not believed to be in the area. There were no reported injuries. This incident is being investigated by Columbia Police Department and the USC Police Department. Members of the Carolina Community with information are encouraged to contact the USC Police Department at 803-777-4215. Safety Tips: University of South Carolina offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App, which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information, they need instantly. The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus. More information for evening and daytime shuttles can be found at Parking and Transportation Services' website. Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible. Be aware of your surrounding and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.


Carolina Alert: Update - Armed robbery on Columbia campus at Corner Pantry at 830 Assembly St

09/15/2023 6:31 am

Carolina Alert: Update - Armed robbery at Corner Pantry at 830 Assembly St. on the Columbia campus. Suspect information: Light skin black male with black pants, red shirt, a green mask, a blue bag over his shoulder, white socks, and black slides. The suspect was seen heading east down College St. Members of the Carolina Community with information are encouraged to contact the USC Police Department at 803-777-4215 with any information. Safety Tips: University of South Carolina offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App, which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information, they need instantly. The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus. More information for evening and daytime shuttles can be found at Parking and Transportation Services' website. Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible. Be aware of your surrounding and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.


Urgent Carolina Alert: Armed robbery at Corner Pantry at 830 Assembly St fled East on College towards Columbia campus.

09/15/2023 6:31 am

Urgent Carolina Alert: Armed robbery at Corner Pantry at 830 Assembly St fled East on College towards Columbia campus. Members of the Carolina Community with information are encouraged to contact the USC Police Department at 803-777-4215. Safety Tips: University of South Carolina offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App, which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information, they need instantly. The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus. More information for evening and daytime shuttles can be found at Parking and Transportation Services' website. Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible. Be aware of your surrounding and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.



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