Campus Safety Plan - 2017

Availability, Location, and Methods to Summon Law Enforcement Assistance

Enforcement and Arrest Authority

Sonoma State University Police and Safety Services is located on campus in Verdot village and provides police services 24 hours a day to our community. Police Dispatch can be reached directly 24 hours a day by phone at 707-664-4444. The peace officers of Sonoma State University have state-wide police authority and jurisdiction per Penal Code 830.2 and Education Code 89560, and are vested with law enforcement powers and responsibilities, identical to the local police or sheriff departments in your home community.

Crime Reporting

The entire campus community is strongly encouraged to report any and all known or suspected incidents of criminal activity on campus to the University Police Department as soon as possible. When calling Sonoma State University Police always:

  • Give your name, telephone number, and location.
  • Give clear and accurate information.
  • Be prepared to supply suspect and vehicle description, and direction of travel.
  • DON’T HANG UP! Follow the instructions of the dispatcher.

By Telephone Contact:

  • Emergency: 9-1-1
  • Non-emergency 707-664-4444

In Person Contact:

  • Sonoma State University Police and Safety Services at the south end of Verdot village across from parking Lot ‘D’ and the Student Center.

Emergency Blue Light Call Stations

A 9-1-1, 24-hour, button activated, emergency telephone system will put you in contact with emergency personnel for any emergency need. There are XXXXX call stations located throughout campus, including residential housing.

Special Safeguards for Facilities or Activities

Security of and Access to Campus Facilities

All campus facilities are key-accessed, and most are generally open daily for scheduled campus community use. To provide for the security of campus facilities, the University Police enforces Educational Code 89031 & Housing Policies. Campus facility access may be revoked per Penal Code 626.

Security Considerations Used in Maintenance of Campus Facilities

Regular inspections and security surveys of campus indoor/outdoor lighting, shrubbery and walkways are conducted. The University participates in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design concepts for planning and improvements on campus.

Special Event Safety Planning

Preparation for large events on campus involve the creation of Incident Action Plans according to the Standardized Emergency Management System and in collaboration with mutual aid agencies and contracted safety personnel.

New Student Orientations

University Police personnel provide personal safety tips and emergency contact information to new students on a regular basis. Students are informed of policies, voluntary confidential crime reporting procedures, and safety programs.

New Employee Orientations

Throughout the year University Police personnel present safety policies and procedures to new employees, in cooperation with the Human Resources department. Employees are informed of injury and illness prevention, workplace violence, safety programs, and voluntary confidential crime reporting procedures.

Actions in the Last 18 Months to Increase Safety

  • Reached full patrol staffing by hiring three police officers
  • Enhanced safety and responsiveness in the communications center by hiring two police dispatchers
  • Performed a comprehensive lighting and safety survey with multiple departments
  • Conducted training and educational programs in the area of emergency management, personal safety, and crime prevention; this included the refreshment of emergency supplies, campus wide active shooter incident training, and training of University personnel on emergency response and continuity of operations

Safety Initiatives During the Next 24 Months

  • 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-classroom training and presentation
  • Implement "Coffee with a Cop" program to enhance relationships with the community and provide opportunities for students to meet officers, share concerns, and share ideas to enhance policing and safety on campus.
  • Continue to explore more efficient, effective campus lighting

California State University, Sonoma Statistical Report 2015

The report is a separate and distinct report from the Annual Security Report required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act). The report can be found at

The statistics were compiled using the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program definitions, occurring on campus, and in compliance with California State Education Code, Chapter 16, of the Donahue Higher Education Act, Section 67380.

2015 Statistics (California Education Code 67380 (a)(1)(a)

Occurrences and/or Arrests for On Campus
Part I Violent Crimes* 8
Hate Crimes 0
Noncriminal Acts of Hate Violence 1
Theft 122
Destruction of Property 16
Illegal Drugs 21
Alcohol Intoxication 39

*Part I crimes include willful homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Occurrences and/or Arrests for Systemwide
Hate Crimes 10
Noncriminal Acts of Hate Violence 3