Your Health and Safety

Eating Well / Meal Plans

Dining with friends is an integral part of your college experience. Whether it’s a quick bite on the go or a casual sit-down meal with your friends, Lander University’s Dining Services makes it easy for you to refuel and reconnect.

You can purchase a meal plan which includes Bearcat Bucks with your financial aid money, bill it to your account or pay with cash or credit card at the Student Accounts Office. Visit Campus Dish to view meal plans.

If You Become Sick or Injured

Student Health Services / Wellness Center @ Genesis Hall
Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (M-F)

Students with a health concern, become sick or injured, should come to the Office of Health Services for evaluation and/or treatment during office hours. We are located in the Wellness Center inside Genesis Hall next to LUPD.

A Registered Nurse is available on campus for routine nursing treatments when school is in session, during office hours. Students who need medical care must see the Campus Nurse, who will provide routine nursing treatment and determine if additional medical treatment is needed.

If the Campus Nurse determines that additional medical treatment is needed, the student will then receive a referral to go to the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine, which is a contracted physicians’ office. The Montgomery Center for Family Medicine will not treat students for chronic illness preexisting before enrolling at Lander University.

Some over-the-counter medications are available at Health Services; however, students should have a personal supply of basic medications that are usually taken at home for minor illness.

It is a good idea to have the following in your home:
• Heating Pad
• Cool Mist Humidifier
• Thermometer
• Any physician-prescribed medications for current illnesses

Walk-In Clinic @ Lander’s Office of Health Services:
• Acute Illness Observation
• Treatment for Injuries
• Urgent Care / referral if needed
• Pregnancy Testing
• Contraceptive Information
• Nutrition Counseling referral
• Mental Health Counseling referral

Referrals to off-campus professionals provided for:
• Diagnostic Service
• Sexual Assault & Abuse
• Sexually Transmitted Disease
• Emergency Contraception
• Eating Disorders Education
• Nutrition Counseling
• Allergy Shots

The Student Health Fee covers walk-in treatment at the campus Wellness Center and general office visits provided by the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine. The fee does not cover the cost of a general physical exam. Any services aside from general office visits including the cost of medications, treatments, x-rays, etc., prescribed by a physician are the financial responsibility of the student.

When You Need to Talk With Someone
Student Counseling Services / Wellness Center @ Genesis Hall
Office Hours:  8:00am-5:00pm (M-F)           Phone: (864) 388-8885

Each Lander student’s University experience is, ideally, a time of personal as well as intellectual growth. Sometimes personal problems can develop which make it difficult for a student to achieve success. Counseling Services helps students in dealing with these problems once they occur.

If more long term or specialized services are needed, counselors can make referrals to off-campus resources. Personal counseling is accessible by appointment or on a walk-in basis for students willing to wait for counselor availability. The Mission of Student Counseling Services is to assist students in overcoming and working through their problems.  

Counseling Services provides :
• Personal and individualized counseling sessions
• Group counseling sessions
• Substance Use awareness programs
• Student development educational programs
• Student development issues and concerns Common concerns:
• Adjusting to College
• Anxiety / Depression
• Family problems / Homesickness
• Stress / Time Management
• Relationship problems
• Low academic performance
• Alcohol or drug abuse

Self Help Resources

In addition to personal counseling and health care, we offer an online library of Self-Help Resources providing information on Depression, Alcohol & Drugs, Grief, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Sexual Trauma and more.  

U-Lifeline is an ANONYMOUS online resource where you can learn more about emotional health and ways to help yourself or a friend if you are struggling with your thoughts or feelings.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  If you feel an overwhelming sadness that won’t go away and you can’t see a way out, let someone know your pain. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) toll-free from a cell phone, pay phone or any land-line phone. Trained counselors will listen, provide support and help you connect with a crisis center near you. 
Greenwood Mental Health Clinic offers assistance over the phone to persons in crisis situations. The caller does not have to reveal his/her name. Persons working on the Hotline are trained to respond to crisis situations. After-hour calls go to the Beckman Center in Greenwood. (864) 223-8331 / After-Hours: 1-800-868-2642
MEG'S House is an emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and provides emergency shelter to men who are victims of family violence. Service areas are McCormick, Edgefield, and Greenwood. Hotline: 1-800-447-7992

Cornerstone commission on alcohol & drug abuse provides prevention, intervention, and treatment services for adolescents and adults who have been impacted by alcohol and other drug use as well as problem gambling. Phone: (864) 227-1001
Beyond Abuse is a non-profit agency specializing in providing services for sexual trauma victims and their families in the Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens county areas of South Carolina.   Beyond Abuse provides complete confidentiality, 24/7 crisis response, advocacy, counseling and helping with filing for compensation. 
Phone:  (864) 227-1623 or after-hours Crisis Hotline: 1 (864) 941-6700.  For emergency assistance, DIAL 911.

Personal Safety

Be Aware of Your Surroundings.  Program these numbers into your cell phone: (864) 388-8911 and (864) 388-8222

Whether you are on-campus or traveling to and from campus, personal safety and responsibility is extremely important. The list below includes several university resources available to you, as well as many other strategies that you can use to maintain personal safety.

Lander University’s Wellness Center works closely with community advocates to instruct students on self-defense techniques and programs to increase awareness of sexual assault. Self-Defense workshops are offered to students during select times. These programs teach students how to reduce the risks of being assaulted and progresses into the basics of hands-on defense training. For more information about Self Defense programs, contact the Wellness Center at (864) 388-8885 or LUPD at (864) 388-8222.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, or find yourself in an unsafe situation, go with your gut instinct & get out of there. It's better to make up a reason to leave, than to stay in a possibly dangerous situation. Your safety comes before someone else's feelings.
  • Use your cell phone as a tool, Make sure it's fully charged before you leave home & if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, send a quick text to a friend for help.
  • Be careful with your Facebook or Four-Square Status. If you wouldn’t give the information to a stranger, then don't put it on your profile. Don’t make it easy for someone to track your every move.
  • Stick with your friends. If you’re going to be out late, go with friends, stay with friends, and return with the same friends.
  • Drink responsibly and know your limits. Don't accept drinks from people who you don't know or trust. Never leave your drink unattended. At parties, stick to drinks you prepared yourself instead of common open containers like punch bowls.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Whether you're walking home from the library or to the Parking Lot after class be aware of potential risks. Get to know your campus and learn a well-lit route back to car or place of residence. Think of a safe exit strategy. Are there people around who might be able to help you? Don’t hesitate to use the campus Blue Light Emergency Phones that dial straight into LUPD.

Medical Emergency

A Medical Emergency is an injury or illness that is acute and poses an immediate risk to the person’s life or long-term health. Your response to help an injured or sick person will depend on the location and your level of first-aid training. Those who are trained to provide First Aid can act within the bounds of the knowledge they have while waiting for the next level of care to arrive. In case of minor injury or illness, provide first aid care.

Those who are not trained in First Aid can assist by calling 911, then calmly remaining with the injured or ill person until help arrives. If there are others nearby, they can assist by keeping the area clear and as safe as possible. In the event that you or another person experiences a medical emergency, DIAL 911.

If a Medical Emergency happens:
• DIAL 911
• If on campus, you can also use the Emergency Call Boxes to instantly reach LUPD
• Give the dispatcher your name and exact location
• Give the dispatcher a detailed description of the problem
• Do not hang up until told to do so

Only trained individuals should provide first aid treatment such as CPR. Use only sterile first aid materials. In the case of serious injury or illness, properly trained personnel should quickly perform the
following steps:
• Keep the victim still and comfortable.
• Ask the victim, “Are you okay?” and “what is wrong?”
• Check breathing and give artificial respiration (CPR) if necessary.
• Control serious bleeding by direct pressure on wound.
• Continue to assist the victim until help arrives.
• Look for emergency medical ID, question witnesses and give all information to the paramedics.

Sexual Assault and Harassment

Crime can occur on campus and against students in the community around campus. One of the most important elements in your personal safety is your own consciousness of potential dangers.

Preventing Assault
  • Don't walk alone after dark. Statistics prove that attackers usually prey on lone, unsuspecting targets. An attacker is less likely to approach a group but will sit and wait for a lone target to arrive. Remember, the larger the group, the less chance of being attacked.
  • Keep a noise making device, such as whistle or air-horn, with you when walking at night. This loud noise would attract attention and possibly scare the attacker away.
  • If you must work alone in a campus building after dark, be sure to let a friend know where you are and when you’ll be home.
Sex Offenders
  • Information on all registered adult sex offenders (age 17 and over) is provided on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) website under the link Sex Offender Registry.
  • University Police suggest visiting sites such as Family to view online maps which locate sex offenders in your neighborhood.

Safety Programs

The Lander University Police Department offers a variety of educational and safety programs for students, faculty and staff on the areas listed below. For more information on these programs and schedules, contact Lander University Police at (864) 388-8222
  • Women's Safety
  • Sexual Assault
  • Dating/Domestic Violence
Be Cautious and Prepared
Learn the locations of the yellow emergency call boxes in campus parking lots and throughout the campus area. These call boxes provide a direct link to the University Police.
  • No dialing is necessary.
  • Simply press the emergency red button and the police dispatcher will answer.
  • The blue light at the top of the yellow pole will begin to flash making your location even more visible.

Student Disability Services

Located in the Wellness Center @ Genesis Hall.  Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (M-F)
Phone: (864) 388-8885

The Office of Disability Services coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities at Lander University. The Wellness Center notifies faculty of appropriate accommodations and assures that students receive the necessary physical accommodations based on their medical condition. This office is the first point of contact for all students with disabilities.

Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 state that no “otherwise qualified” individuals, solely by reason of their disability, can “be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in or be subjected to discrimination” in any program or activity. Individuals who are protected under these statutes include those with physical, sensory, or learning disabilities and other disabilities, such as health impairments or psychological impairments.

Course Substitutions
In some cases, a specific learning disability can interfere with a student’s successful completion of a course (e.g., foreign language and mathematics courses). Appropriate documentation from a psychologist that specifically addresses this issue is required. Course substitutions cannot be permitted if the course is determined essential to a student’s major.

Temporary Disabilities
Temporary disabilities are not covered by Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Personal care cannot be provided for temporary disabilities such as a broken ankle, wrist, etc. However, consultation, assistance with obtaining support, and other relevant information can be provided through this office. Documentation may be required.

Confidentiality and Release of Information
The Office of Student Disability Services is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student remains confidential as required or permitted by law. This information may include grades, biographical history, disability information, and case notes. No one has immediate access to student files in our office except authorized staff. Any information regarding a disability shall be considered confidential and shall be shared with others on a need-to-know basis only. A student may sign a written consent form giving our office permission to discuss the disability with faculty, staff, and advisors who require more information.

Typical accommodations provided:
• Extended Time for Testing
• Note-taking Services
• Priority Registration
• Reduced course load recognized as full-time by Lander University

Additional Resources:
• Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
• Learning Disability
• Medical / Health Disorder
• Psychiatric Disorder
• Academic Success Center

• Release of Confidential Information Form
• Housing Accommodation Form
• Absence Negotiation Form
• Course Appeal Form

Disaster Preparedness / Sign-Up for Lander Alert

The Lander Alert System has been adopted by Lander University in order to quickly notify students, faculty, and staff via SMS text messaging and email in the event there is an imminent campus emergency. Although this system is optional, all students are encouraged to register. By registering you will automatically be sent critical alerts, notifying you of dangerous incidents of a threatening nature. Sign up now through the MyLander Campus Portal!

Campus Siren & PA System
The Lander public address system has been installed at the highest point on the campus to be able to broadcast sirens or voice alerts to be heard throughout the campus. The Campus Siren and PA system are setup to test automatically the first Monday of every month in addition to a bi-annual manual testing of the alert system (1x in the Fall / 1x in the Spring).

The university also utilizes a tone system that can be heard on-campus as well as in parts of uptown Greenwood. For more info on campus safety, including Safety Procedures in the event of Fire, Severe Weather, Explosions, Medical Emergencies, Hazardous Material Spills and/or Evacuation, go to

Campus Evacuation
In the event of a fire, a fire alarm, or notice to evacuate, students should assemble in the designated areas for their building. During evacuation students should locate the closest safe exit and leave in an orderly fashion and proceed to the assembly area. For a complete list of evacuation areas, go online to

Severe Weather
During the spring and summer months, conditions that create severe weather such as thunderstorms, lightning strikes and tornadoes may develop at any time. In our region of the country it is possible to have severe weather at any time of year.
  • A Watch (Tornado/Thunderstorm Watch) means to be alert that the weather conditions are right for the development of that particular type of weather.
  • A Warning (Tornado/Thunderstorm Warning) means that a tornado has been sighted or a severe thunderstorm is expected. During a tornado warning or a severe thunderstorm warning the University will activate its emergency warning sirens, as well as activate the LU Alert mass notification system. Act immediately to find suitable shelter.

Medical Emergency
In the event that you or another person experiences a medical emergency dial 911 from a cell phone or (864) 388-8911 or (864) 388-8222 immediately. Know the locations of the Emergency Call Boxes and use them in the event of an emergency. Be prepared to give the dispatcher your name and exact location and a description of the problem. Do not hang up until told to do so.  Click here to learn more about Medical Emergencies.