Availability, Location, and Methods to Summon Law Enforcement Assistance
The Sonoma State University 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).
Peace Officers at 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.
The campus community is strongly encouraged to report all known or suspected crimes on campus to the Sonoma State University Police Department 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.
- Emergency: 9-1-1
- Non-emergency 707-664-4444
The Sonoma State University Police Department is located at the south end of Verdot village across from parking Lot ‘D’ and the Student Center. After hours, please call (707) 664-4444 or utilize the call box adjacent to the lobby doors, 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 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 SSU Police Department enforces Educational Code 89031 & housing policies. The Sonoma State University Police Department may revoke campus facility access per Penal Code 626.4 or 626.6.
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. Beginning Spring 2022, almost all employees and students have returned 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 2021 and 2022. For additional information, please contact Risk Management & Safety Services at email@example.com .
- 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 and conducted training and planning meetings to ensure students could safely demonstrate on matters related to social justice; this plan will serve as a template for future student demonstrations
- Assess and review the Care Team for effectiveness and improvements to include tabling for information sharing and outreach
- Distributed Holiday safety messages to campus as a whole regarding safety and decision making
- Furthered upgrade on pedestrian crosswalks, traffic lanes, and exterior lighting, in efforts to increase physical and environmental safety
- Completed the FEMA wildfire mitigation grant project for non-native perimeter tree specie removal
- Executed a campuswide full-scale functional emergency exercise to test emergency response plans
- 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”
- Obtained the CalOES Campus Sexual Assault Program grant and Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program, which established the Sexual Misconduct and Response Team (SMART), allowing for the hiring of a second Confidential Advocate for students, enhances prevention and bystander training programs, expands training for campus police officers, and funding for a portion of a counselor to work with survivors of sexual misconduct.
- Revised and launched 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
Changes in Safety Precautions and Initiatives Expected to Be Made during the Next 24 Months
- Assess and review the Care Team for effectiveness and improvements and incorporate more expansive NomaCares branding and programming
- Expand DAAPP Committee and Workgroup to include membership from Sonoma County and Faculty Affairs
- Continue to review the DAAPP Report and the Biennial Review documentation to include Fentanyl education for 2023-24 report.
- Review National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) programming to include learning outcomes
- Enhanced training for student-athletes and sorority and fraternity members, on harm reduction and bystander intervention
- Launch new Sexual Misconduct Bystander and Harm Prevention programs with through the Cal OES and DOJ sexual assault prevention grant.
- Add Title IX and harm reduction training as part of new student orientation.
- Placement of cling posters in restrooms listing resources for people impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking
- Added campus-wide self-defense program offerings.
- Host awareness events for National Stalking Month, Human Trafficking Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and National Domestic Violence Month
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Systemwide Hate Crime Reports
The Annual Systemwide Hate Crimes report, including statistics from 2020, is posted on the Systemwide website.