CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Rumors flying around social media of someone impersonating a police officer on and around the Coastal Carolina University campus are unsubstantiated, according to campus police.
Early Friday morning, CCU Department of Public Safety's Facebook page posted the following message: "Rumors of a sighting of a person impersonating a police officer in UP have not been substantiated." University Place, or UP, is one of the university's off-campus housing complexes.
In addition, the Twitter accounts for the CCU Dean of Students and the CHANT411 information service have been actively communicating with students about these rumors since about midnight.
At 1:29 p.m., the Dean of Students tweeted: "Rumors of a sighting of a person impersonating a police officer in UP tonight have not been substantiated."
Shortly after, the account posted a tweet, apparently warning students about the dangers of spreading unsubstantiated rumors on social media: "#CCU Students: Please be reminded that social media can be AMAZING and can also be our worst enemy...let's decide which it will be."
At 6:23 a.m., the account tweeted an official communication from DPS, indicating that the reports were thoroughly investigated, and found to be unsubstantiated.
Anyone with additional information can contact CCU DPS at 843-349-2177.
WMBF News has reached out to the Coastal Carolina University Media Relations officer for additional details.