In an effort to better serve the safety needs of the campus community, the College of Charleston is instituting 911 as its primary emergency number.

Members of the campus community should dial 911 in emergency situations in order to “save a life, stop a crime, report a fire,” or, in other words, for medical, police or fire emergencies.

This new process represents a partnership with the Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center. Dialing 911 will replace the Department of Public Safety’s former on-campus emergency telephone number: 843.953.5611.

For CofC faculty and staff, Yealink desk phones have already been updated with an “Emergency” button going to 911 and a “Public Safety” button going to the Department of Public Safety’s office for non-emergency calls. From all other phones, for campus law enforcement non-emergency matters please continue to use the College’s main public safety number: 843.953.5609.

Regarding the new LiveSafe app, all emergencies will be reported to the Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Dispatch and all non-emergencies will be routed through the appropriate campus offices.

These changes are part of the College’s continuous efforts to make the campus safer and more responsive to those with emergency needs.