2022 Campus Safety Plan

Availability, Location, and Methods to Summon Law Enforcement Assistance

The Sonoma State Police Department (SSPD) is located on campus at 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Verdot Village, Rohnert Park, CA and provides law enforcement services 24 hours a day to our community. Police dispatch can be reached directly 24 hours a day by phone at 707-664-4444. Emergencies can be reported by calling or texting 911. Instructions for texting 911 can be found on the SSPD website (https://police.sonoma.edu/divisions/patrol-operations/text-911).

The peace officers of Sonoma State University have statewide 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 campus community is strongly encouraged to report all known or suspected crimes on campus to the University Police Department as soon as possible. When calling the police, do the following:

  • Provide your name, telephone number, and location.
  • Give clear and accurate information.
  • Be prepared to supply suspect and vehicle description, direction of travel, and other relevant facts.
  • Don’t hang up until instructed by the dispatcher.

By Telephone

  • Emergency: 9-1-1

  • Non-emergency 707-664-4444

In Person

  • Sonoma State University Police at the south end of Verdot village across from parking Lot ‘D’ and the Student Center.  There is no public access to the building without employee escort.  Call (707) 664-4444  and a staff member will meet you.

Emergency Blue Light Call Stations

Emergency call stations are located throughout campus that allow for one button activation.  Upon activation, the emergency telephone will put you in contact with a 911 dispatcher.  There are 33 call stations located throughout campus, including the residential community.

Special Safeguards for Facilities or Activities

Security of and Access to Campus Facilities

All campus facilities are key or key-card accessed, and most are open daily for scheduled campus community use.  Campus key control and distribution is a function of the Seawolf Service Center and Facilities Services. To provide for the security of campus facilities, the University Police Department enforces Educational Code 89031 & housing policies. University Police may revoke campus facility access per Penal Code 626.

Security Considerations Used in Maintenance of Campus Facilities

The Campus Safety Committee, which includes faculty, staff, and student representation along with many campus departments that oversee various safety programs or activities, meets monthly to review campus conditions, projects, hazards, and safety programming.   As a function of this committee, a multi-disciplinary group of campus employees conducts regular inspections and security surveys of campus during different seasons and times of day/night to review indoor/outdoor lighting, shrubbery, and walkways.

The California State Fire Marshal, Facilities Management, and Risk Management and Safety Services conduct periodic inspections of campus facilities to ensure compliance with fire and building codes and that classrooms and workspaces are safe from hazards.  

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, University protocols were developed to ensure reduced on-campus presence of faculty, staff, and students pursuant to public health guidelines.  These protocols included the reduction in open buildings to reduce exposure, pre-approval for employee access to campus, and significantly increased sanitation protocols.  Beginning Spring 2022, almost all employees and most students will return to campus on a full or part-time basis.  

Actions Taken in the Preceding 18 Months to Increase Safety

The following initiatives represent highlights among many actions taken to increase campus safety in 2020 and 2021.  For additional information, please contact Risk Management & Safety Services.

  • Continued to provide for safety and sanitation protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of on-campus faculty and staff, residential students, and students taking classes on campus.  Protocols were adjusted to maximize efficacy based on the advancement of understanding of the transmission risks for COVID-19.

  • Organized and hosted “Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue” speaker series

  • Improved Biological Safety Program, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Custodial Services Protocol for Laboratories; implemented an inspection process for all laboratories and areas that use hazardous materials; implemented a laboratory hazard assessment process for research labs; implemented chemical inventory management system.

  • Launched updated Emergency Operations Center training and exercise program

  • Made improvements to employee safety programs including the Injury Illness Prevention Program, bloodborne pathogens training, electrical safety, confined space safety, asbestos safety, and other occupational and environmental health training

  • Launch of SafeSSU campaign, planning committee, and website

  • Delivery of multiple consent related campaigns including “My Costume is not Consent” and “I Ask You Ask”

  • Launch the President's Advisory Council on Campus Police and Safety to support campus safety, crime prevention, and response

  • Started small group residential floor meetings to share campus safety resources and services available on campus

  • Established the Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP) Committee and Workgroup to review the DAAPP and identify additional resources to support drug and alcohol programming on campus

  • Created the Critical Incident/Campus Protest 2021 Plan to ensure students could safely demonstrate on matters related to social justice; this plan will serve as a template for future student demonstrations

  • Obtained the CalOES Confidential Advocate grant, which established the Sexual Misconduct and Response Team (SMART) and allowed for the hiring of a second Confidential Advocate for students

  • Provided Title IX education for all club and student organization leadership, including over 90% of all student athletes and sorority and fraternity members on bystander intervention

  • Launched COVID-19 on campus testing center for students, faculty, staff, and household members

  • Inspected and jetted storm drain lines around campus to prevent future flooding

Changes in Safety Precautions and Initiatives Expected to Be Made during the Next 24 Months

  • Improve building lock systems to allow for greater control of access control to authorized persons

  • Implement a proactive tree removal/pruning and planting plan to enhance campus lighting.

  • Plan and execute a campuswide full-scale functional emergency exercise to test emergency response plans

  • Develop program to support the increase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout campus

  • Complete a 12KV project which will provide better electrical safety and improve safety lights, access, and path of travel at the front of the main entrance.

  • Fire alarm education for residential students

  • Conduct training and planning meetings for the Critical Incident/Campus Protest Plan

  • Continue to enhance lighting for greater visibility and safer parking lots and pathways.

  • Assess the application of video camera systems, alarms, and other progressive technologies to enhance campus safety and investigative capacity.

  • Repair/improve conditions on campus pathways as part of the campus ADA upgrades and to remove trip hazards

  • Assess and review the Care Team for effectiveness and improvements and incorporate more expansive NomaCares branding and programming

  • Explore the development of a student ambassador program to support ongoing University Police safety initiatives

  • Assess roadway conditions and make repairs to ensure safe travel on campus

  • Develop comprehensive employee workspace inspection program

  • Review youth programming on campus for compliance and safety

Records of On-Campus Crime

California Education Code 67380(a)(1)(A)

California State University campuses are required by California Education Code 67380(a)(1)(A) to compile records of all occurrences reported to campus police, campus security personnel, or campus safety authorities of, and arrests for, crimes that are committed on campus and that involve violence, hate violence, theft, destruction of property, illegal drugs, or alcohol intoxication, and to make this information available within two business days if requested by students, prospective students, employees, or the media. If you wish to request crime information, please contact: pra@sonoma.edu.