USC Upstate Back To Normal Operations After Temporary Lockdown

November 7, 2017 at 5:58 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate is back to normal operations after its Department of Public Safety placed the 330-acre campus on temporary lockdown due to a reported shooting at Campus Edge Apartments, a privately owned complex that is adjacent to the Spartanburg campus.

Students, faculty and staff received notification of the lockdown via the USC Upstate SpartAlert system that sends text messages and emails and have been advised there is no ongoing threat to the campus community.

Deputies from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by officers of the USC Upstate Department of Public Safety, responded to Campus Edge where they found a male victim with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his arm. The suspect had fled the scene and reports indicated he was possibly running toward the USC Upstate campus.

“The Department of Public Safety exists to serve and protect the campus community and it was in the best interest of USC Upstate that our buildings be locked down,” said USC Upstate Chief of Police Klay Peterson. “We did not want to risk the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all institutions of higher education that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities.

“The Clery Act is a federal law that requires us to issue timely warnings and emergency notifications to campus when there is an ongoing threat to the safety of our campus community or when we have confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation,” said Peterson. “Additionally, we must maintain a publicly accessible log of all crimes reported to keep students and employees informed of crimes on university property and the surrounding neighborhood.”

USC Upstate publishes its Annual Campus Security by October 1 of each year and makes it available on the University’s web site.