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Campus Escort Service


Iota Mu Chapter
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What we do:

We provide a free taxi-like service for students, faculty, and staff who need to go from point to point on the USC-Columbia campus. We operate Sunday through Thursday during regular session classes (excluding Finals week) from 8pm to Midnight. Our chapter of Alpha Phi Omega began the Escort program as a walking service in 1969. We began driving in 1972, and we continue to this day.

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How it works:

  1. Call 777-DUCK (777-3825), 7-DUCK if you are using a campus telephone.
  2. Tell the dispatcher your current location and the location you wish to be dropped off. Give also your name and phone number just in case we need to get in touch with you again.
  3. Wait at your location and watch out for a white minivan with University seals on the front doors and white magnetic signs on the sides.
  4. Hop in and we'll take you where you need to go!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What does your vehicle look like?
A. It is a white minivan with University seals on the front doors and magnetic signs on the sides.

Q. Do you go to Five Points?
A. No. We cannot take any passengers to locations that are off the USC campus.

Q. Can we track the vehicle with GPS?
A. Yes. We have partnered with Geomoto for our fleet tracking.

Q. I called you a little while ago for a ride and you haven't come yet! Where are you?
A. We are either very busy and will get to you as soon as we possibly can, or there is a train blocking our path.

Q. I called you a little while ago for a ride, and I just saw your van drive right by me! What happened?
A. It is probable that the van was too full at that moment to pick you up. The van should return within a few minutes.

Q. You said you drove a white minivan, but why did I just get picked up in a different vehicle?
A. In the event that our usual vehicle requires maintenance, the USCPD issues us another vehicle. Often, it is a Buick Century with University seals or a State of South Carolina sticker in the rear window. The vehicle--whatever it may be--will (probably) have the magnetic signs to indicate that it is us.

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