The University employs Police Officers (State Constables) certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and Campus Safety officers Certified by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to supervise and enforce safety and security measures and policies. Their duties include the enforcement of Federal and State Laws, City and County Ordinances, and Limestone University Rules and Regulations. As designated Campus Police/Safety officers, these persons have the following rights and responsibilities:
- Campus Police Officers have the right and responsibility to report all violations of campus, State, and Federal Policies and Laws.
- Campus Police/Safety officers have the right to detain and question any person on University property. If stopped by Campus Police/Safety Officer, a student should fully cooperate with the officer and respond to questions and requests for name and ID. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.
- Campus Police/Safety Officers maintain the right to search campus and personal property and confiscate contraband that is in violation of campus policy, that is illegal, or that may be used as evidence in a disciplinary or police investigation according to departmental policy.
- Campus Police/Safety Officers have the authority to use reasonable force when necessary to accomplish their duties.
- Campus Police/Safety Officers reserves the right to contact local law enforcement agencies to assist in the performance of their duties.
- Campus Police/Safety officers can make arrests for violations of the law.
- Sworn Campus Police Officers have the authority to patrol and make arrests on all surroundings roadways and properties adjacent to Limestone’s campus that fall within the Clery Geographical area.
Other individuals on campus authorized to supervise and enforce safety and security measures and policies are RAs, Resident Directors, Residence Life & Housing Director, Community Values Director, Associate Provost of Student Success, Vice President for Financial Affairs, Provost, and President.
Campus Police are on duty seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Residence Life and Housing Staff or Campus Police Officers should be notified of security violations or requests for service involving students during regular office hours. The Vice President for Financial Affairs has the responsibility to oversee Campus Safety and should be consulted about security issues.
Limestone University is fortunate to be located in an exceptionally safe community with convenient police and fire coverage. However, every individual must be aware of potential hazards. Recommended precautions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Students should insure their personal property. In some situations, homeowner’s insurance will cover property in a University residence hall. If this is not the case, renter’s insurance policies are available at reasonable costs.
- Students should keep their doors locked at all times.
- Students should make an itemized list of and engrave valuables.
- Whenever possible, students should refrain from bringing valuable items with them.
- Students should avoid leaving messages that they are not in their rooms.
- Students should secure or report entrance doors that are propped open or unlocked.
- Students should not lend keys to other individuals.
- Students are expected to respond to all fire alarms. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
- Students should report anyone tampering with fire safety equipment immediately.
- Students should walk in groups and park in well-lit areas.
- Students should be aware of and alert to their surrounding environment.
- Students should report any suspicious activity immediately to Campus Safety.