Campus Safety Plan - 2015

I am pleased to present the University’s first Campus Safety Plan. The report is not meant to replace the federally mandated Jeanne Clery Report, but instead work in concert with other related documents designed to keep you informed of local law enforcement incidents.

We pride ourselves on having a safe campus, and realize that such accomplishment could not have been possible without the collaborative working relationships we have with our campus constituents and our off-campus law enforcement partners. We meet regularly with campus departments and participate on the various campus committees with the focus on establishing such partnerships to maintain a safe campus environment.

Please feel free to ask any questions or make suggestions on how we can improve; we are open your ideas. Thank you for your continued support.

~Nathan Johnson, Ed.D., Chief of Police and
Executive Director for Enterprise Risk Management


The Plan is prepared in compliance with California Education Code §67380 – 67386. Enclosed you will find information about the University’s efforts to ensure the safety of our community and our students through comprehensive public safety, crime prevention, sexual violence prevention education, and other programming centered on student safety. In addition to this report, please refer to the University’s Annual Safety Report (Clery Act Report) and Fire Safety Report for additional safety programming information.

Safety Partners at SSU

Ensuring a safe campus is a responsibility that goes far beyond traditional law enforcement services. While our law enforcement officers are dedicated to ensuring a safe community, many departments work together on this shared mission.

Police & Safety Services

Police & Safety Services is responsible for responding to emergencies, providing law enforcement services to campus, and providing most safety-related services to students, faculty, and staff. Sonoma State University Police & Safety Services is a fully accredited law enforcement agency and not a branch of any other law enforcement agency. The Department employs sworn peace officers who are vested with full arrest authority in the State of California, pursuant to California Penal Code section 830.2(c) and Education Code section 89560. Police officers all meet the requirements specified by the California Peace Officer's Standards and Training Commission, which are mandated for all sworn California law enforcement officers. Law enforcement duties and responsibilities of police officers mirror those of municipal and county law enforcement agencies in your home communities. Law enforcement officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.

In the event of an emergency, Police & Safety Services can be reached by calling 911 from any land line telephone, mobile telephone, or “blue light” emergency telephone on campus or by visiting the office in Verdot Village. For non-emergencies, Police & Safety Services can be reached at (707) 664-4444, in the office, or by email. Do not ever use email to report crimes in progress or other emergencies.

Contact Police & Safety Services
Non-Emergency (707) 664-4444
In-Person Verdot Village
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

* Do not use email to report emergencies or crimes in progress

SSU Student Health Center

The SSU Student Health Center provides high quality medical, public health and health education services designed to support the retention, academic achievement and success of SSU students, facilitate healthy lifestyle choices and help promote a safe, healthy campus environment. The Health Center works closely with other campus safety partners and can assist students in contacting police, counseling, or other resources. The Student Health Center does not provide emergency medical services. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Contact Student Health Center
All Services (707) 664-2921
In-Person Student Health Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential counseling to students experiencing personal problems that interfere with their academic progress, career or well-being. Counseling and referrals through CAPS are available to students at no cost. The staff consists of licensed psychologists and doctoral-level interns who are trained in mental health, depression and suicide prevention, substance abuse issues, sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crisis counseling.

The Crisis Advocate provides confidential advocacy support, victim outreach, coordination of support services, problem-solving, and other assistance to SSU students who are impacted or victimized by traumatic, disruptive or disturbing life events (i.e., sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, biased related incidents, abusive relationships, hate crimes, etc.).

CAPS also sponsors and facilitates a number of wellness workshops and support groups during the academic year. Details can be found on the CAPS webpage.

Contact Counseling & Psychological Services
All Services (707) 664-2153
After Hours Crisis (707) 576-8181
In-Person Stevenson 1088
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Title IX and Sexual Violence Resources

Sonoma State University does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in employment, as well as all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus), and protect all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from Sex Discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.

More information on Title IX can be found by visiting the Title IX webpage.

In addition to all of the campus offices in this report, any person affected by sexual violence can contact any of the community resources below for assistance.

Contact Title IX and Sexual Violence Resources
Title IX Coordinator (707) 664-44470
Title IX - In-person Administration & Finance
Salazar Hall, 2nd Floor
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Police & Safety Services (707) 664-4444
SSU Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) (707) 664-2153
Verity 24 Hour Crisis Line (707) 545-7273
YWCA Domestic Violence Services (707) 546-1234

Campus Safety

All campus facilities are designed and maintained with the safety of our students, faculty, and staff in mind. SSU Facilities Services maintains building access, fire detection and suppression, lighting, emergency communication, and security systems for all campus buildings and grounds. Campus lighting and safety surveys are conducted at least annually by a campus committee representing multiple interests, including students, faculty, and staff. Emergency communication infrastructure and exterior lighting are checked monthly by Police & Safety Services personnel and recommendations for repair, maintenance, and improvements are made to Facilities Services as needed. Recommendations can be made by any member of the campus community by emailing Police Services.

All campus buildings are secured during non-business hours. Designated facilities with extended hours, including the 24-Hour Lab, Library, designated dining facilities, and performing arts venues may increase security during extended hours by contracting with private security or by obtaining additional security services from Police & Safety Services.

Police & Safety Services conducts crime prevention, emergency preparedness and response, and security surveys of any space as requested by University personnel, any space that has undergone significant physical changes, or in response to an event to ensure the continued or enhanced safety of our community. Additionally, Police & Safety Services personnel work cooperatively with Facilities Services on new and updated building designs that are conducive to the principals of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).

Special Events

Sonoma State University is home to a number of outstanding events venues and hosts major public events, including performing arts events at the Green Music Center, Weill Hall and Lawn, and the Student Center, which includes the largest ballroom conference space in Sonoma County. SSU works proactively with both campus and non-campus resources to ensure that events meet the safety standards of the University and provide consultation on guest safety, responsible alcohol consumption and sales, event emergency preparedness and response, and crime prevention.

Residential Community

The campus is home to a large number of residential students. Access to University housing buildings is limited to residents, their guests, and selected staff. The Residential Community is patrolled cooperatively by SSU Police and Safety Services and on-duty Residential Life personnel to include Community Service Advisors and Residential Area Coordinators.

Safety Development 2014-2015

As part of SSU’s ongoing commitment to the safety of our community, the Campus Reengineering Committee convened the Task Force on Campus Safety in 2014. During 2015, the initial recommendations of that task force were funded and implemented. Between July 2014 and December 2015, the following initiatives of the task force were funded and implemented:

  • Increase staffing level of sworn police officers by adding two officers to improve response time and ensure adequate patrol coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Increase the staffing level of non-sworn personnel, Community Service Specialists, by two to enhance the ability to provide extended hours security services to the residential community and other spaces, including the library
  • Implement and enhance training and educational programs in the area of emergency management, personal safety, and crime prevention; this included the refreshment of emergency supplies, campuswide active shooter incident training, and training of University personnel on emergency response and continuity of operations
  • Implementation of a bicycle patrol program

In addition to the recommendations of the task force, SSU implemented the Title IX program, which aims to reduce the impact of and provide support to those affected by sexual violence, and continued to evaluate the needs of campus through all campus safety partners. Initiatives from these efforts included:

  • Hiring of two additional, full-time Title IX investigators and trainers to support the campus’s comprehensive Title IX program
  • Implementation of Campus Safety Week, which provided training, education, and resources to the campus community in the areas of crime prevention, personal safety, emergency preparedness, and information security
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety program enhancements, including roadway improvements for “Share the Road,” policy updates to include “Dismount Zones,” and increased education and enforcement of existing policy and law
  • Title IX training provided to student Greek community and literature distributed to all faculty, staff and students regarding Title IX requirements and sexual violence prevention
  • Introduction of “Bystander Intervention,” which provides alternatives for how to address potential sexual violence

Safety at SSU 2016 and Beyond

Despite the significant number of safety programming enhancements at SSU in 2015, there is always room to grow and adapt as the world around us changes and new students arrive each year. In the coming two years, we aim to accomplish the following, along with new initiatives that are yet to be considered.

  • Implement a police cadet program, incorporating academic resources to improve safety through relationship building and community policing activities
  • Enhance communication links to non-campus locations using satellite telephone and other technology
  • Explore patrol capabilities using active data links, explore alternative patrol methods such as foot, bicycle and/or alternate vehicles to increase officer contact with the community
  • Conduct a full-scale functional emergency exercise involving students, faculty, and staff to validate the campus’s ability to effectively respond to an emergency or disaster on campus
  • Introduction of mandatory Title IX online training for all students and peer education program for in-cassroom training and presentation
  • Continue to explore more efficient, effective campus lighting

Crime Statistics

The following crime statistics are compiled for all occurrences or arrests for the crimes specified under California Education Code §67380 for the year 2014. These statistics may vary from other statistical reports due to variation in the definition and reporting requirements for these statistics under the prescribed statute.

Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter
Negligent Manslaughter
Sex Offenses (Rape, Sodomy, Sexual Assault with an Object, Fondling)
Sex Offenses (Incest, Statutory Rape)
Aggravated Assault
Hate Crimes
Non-Criminal Hate Violence
Destruction of Property
Illegal Drugs
Alcohol Intoxication

Get Involved

A safe campus community is reliant upon the active participation of everyone – students, faculty, staff, and visitors. SSU Police & Safety Services and the other campus safety partners are proud to lead the campus safety efforts but we are reliant upon an engaged and observant community. If you see something suspicious or have information that can help make the campus safer, speak up! Be on the lookout for criminal behavior, unsafe conditions, discrimination, hate, violence, sexual misconduct or any other negative circumstance and let someone know.

Do you have an idea on how to make SSU a safer place? Contact Police & Safety Services at