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

Academic Affairs Student Services

Through its academic mission, community programs and leadership-related research, the Academic Affairs Student Services Department is dedicated to implementing the Claflin imperative: preparing students for leadership and service in a multicultural, global and technological society

Leading, Achieving & Serving

The Academic Affairs Student Services is an essential part of Claflin's mission. Claflin graduates include such prominent leaders as the first African-American Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, three bishops of the United Methodist Church, and the University's current president, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale. Indeed, since its founding more than 140 years ago, Claflin has produced service-oriented citizen-leaders in dozens of professions, including law, medicine, education, social work and the arts.

Claflin's Leadership Development Office was created to coordinate the University's various leadership programs. Claflin is an Institutional member of the International Leadership Association (ILA). The Office operates in three major domains: academic, community service and research.


As part of its Academic Affairs Student Services Program, the Office offers an 18-credit minor in Leadership Studies. Students are assisted with undergraduate research internship, UNCF and other scholarships.

Community Service

The Office sponsors and coordinates student and community programs and activities designed to enhance leadership and service awareness, skills and experiences.

Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society (Alpha Theta Chapter)

Alpha Kappa Mu is a National Honor Society open to juniors and seniors in all academic areas. Alpha Kappa Mu was founded in November 1937 at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, and it is the only National Honor Society on campus.

Our purpose is to promote high scholarship; to encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service; to cultivate a high order of personal living; and to develop an appreciation for scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others.
All applications can be completed online or picked up from the Leadership Development Center.

Emerging Leaders

The Office assists in the planning and conducting of the annual Emerging Leaders Workshop, a three-day intensive engagement of students and faculty representatives from historically black colleges and universities in discussions and experiential learning about successful entry into graduate and professional schools, and into corporate America.


The Center encourages faculty members and students to identify and pursue research topics that contribute to a better understanding of contemporary leadership, particularly among African-Americans.

The Leadership Alliance

Claflin is a founding member of the Leadership Alliance, an academic consortium of 31 institutions of higher learning, including nationally recognized research universities Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton and Cornell, among others, and leading HBCUs. Alliance members are committed to reversing the under representation of African-Americans and other minority students in the ranks of the nation's academic and research professionals.

Claflin's membership in the Leadership Alliance provides students at the University with numerous internship and professional opportunities.

Useful Forms

Change of Program Request Form
Cross Registration Form
Independent Study Form
Request for External Study Form

Useful links


James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland

Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina

Contact Us

For more information about any of the programs or courses offered through the Academic Affairs Student Services please contact:

Phone: 803-535-5404
Fax: 803-535-5170

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