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

Counseling Services

All members of the Claflin family are encouraged to utilize Counseling Services as part of their support system.

Counseling Center

Claflin University Counseling Services is dedicated to to helping students, faculty and staff maximize their sense of well-being and contributing to their academic, personal, social and career growth. We believe in the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual, and we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for those who seek counseling.


A Brief, Solution focused treatment approach, to help students cope with the challenges of college life such as adjustment difficulties, academic-related stress and relationship problems.

Areas of Support include:

  • Anger management
  • Coping skills
  • Community agency referrals
  • Crisis management/intervention
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Grief
  • Group Counseling
  • Life skills
  • Outreach and consultation
  • Peer,Personal & Family relationships
  • Sexual assault
  • Stress management
  • Substance abuse


Counseling Services offers educational programming for student organizations, residential halls, fraternities and sororities and academic departments on a number of topics such as:

  • Adjusting to college
  • Conflict resolution
  • Crisis intervention
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Time management

Individual consultation is provided for faculty, staff, residential life managers and assistants regarding mental health situations with students.

 Counseling Referral Form

Confidentiality and privacy are maintained in ALL services in the Counseling Center.
See Counseling Brochure 

For more information please contact:

Claflin University Counseling Center

Shatira E. Champion, LMHC, LPC-QS

Director of Counseling/ADA
Phone: 803-535-5285

Sabrina Frazier

Administrative Assistant for the office of Counseling/ADA
Phone: 803-535-5033


Immediate same day counseling service offered through:

Claflin Telehealth provides free, 24/7 access to medical and mental healthcare for the Claflin family.  Telehealth is an amazing tool as it grants you immediate access to a clinician on demand and at your convenience. To register, click the following link or call 833-484-6359 

Additional Clinical Community Support Services

           OAMHC- Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center   803-536-1571 

           SCDMH – Community Crisis Hotline –                      1-833-364-2274

           Suicide Prevention Hotline –                                        1-800-273-8255
           24/7 support for anyone in crisis or emotional distress 

           National Hope Line Network  -                                      1-800-784-2433

            Self-Harm Hotline -                                                        1-800-366-8288

Online Therapy Options: These services are provided at a cost to consumers.

                  (Cost is between $40 - $70 per week)     

                    (Cost is between $65 - $100 per week)               1-800-273-8255

                   (Cost is between $40 - $80 peer week)   

                           (Cost varies)

---Online Suicide Resources
A comprehensive collection of web-based suicide resources featuring a section for college students and the LGBT community.

---Detox Local
Detox is the first step in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. An alarming number of students are attempting to self-detox from drugs, and the results have been disastrous. Much of this problem can be traced to a lack of detox-related resources.

---Alcohol Help  Outpatient Rehab for Alcohol addiction 
Outpatient rehab is one effective approach to treating alcoholism. An outpatient rehab program involves therapy, medication, support groups, and relapse-prevention training during the day, after which the patient returns home in the evening. However, outpatient rehab generally does not involve alcohol detox.

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