Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at https://www.weather.gov/cae/

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The Office of Communications and Marketing wants to hear your news!

If you have an idea for a news story, accomplishment, or initiative you believe will be of interest to the general public or the news media, please email George Johnson at geojohnson@claflin.edu or Craig Cotton at jocotton@claflin.edu.  Your story may appear on the Claflin University News Letter, be shared via social media, be developed for a press release and/or appear in a Claflin University publication.


PROJECT AND RELEASE FORMS

For Claflin University, Communications & Marketing coordinates the following areas:

  • News and Information
  • Public Relations
  • Media Relations and Crisis Communication
  • Marketing 
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design and Photography
  • Website

If you have a request for services, please fill out the following:

Photography Request Form

Website Correction Form

Project/Design Request Form

Communications and Marketing Event Coverage Request Form

George Johnson Jr.
Assistant Vice President
geojohnson@claflin.edu
(803) 535-5077

J. Craig Cotton
Director of Public Relations
jocotton@claflin.edu
(803) 535-5350

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