Health & Safety

Location
San Luis Obispo, CA
Undergrads
17,066
Tuition (in-state)
$19,071 ($8,043)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: SLO is a very safe city. There is an omnipresent police presence. Sometimes too present.. But it keeps the city safe, which is extremely important in any town, especially a college town with many young adults roaming the streets late at night.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My campus has countless safety features including telephones scattered throughout campus that contact the police.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Cal Poly is a safe environment, and crime rarely happens here.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our campus offers a lot of resources on campus for all typed of issues through counseling, support groups, and much more.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, campus safety is in check.

Quick FYI though, you can register your bike with campus police so that in the event your bike gets stolen, they can put out a search for it ASAP. However, I should also mention that I couldn't find my bike for a month, but I had a good lock so no one took it.

Also, we have these blue posts around campus that alert campus police to come to your rescue when you push a button on them, but they're rather far apart, so I'm not entirely sure how helpful they would be...

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 818th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 915th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1012nd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Herman
Hometown
Burbank CA
Major
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
2013
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San Luis Obispo has a very safe feel to it. There are blue-light poles around campus that will connect directly to an emergency dispatcher. With that being said, the biggest crime on campus is bike-seat theft. Every once in a while, something bigger happens, but the severity and frequence of these incidents are both nowhere near what larger cities experience. The nice thing is that there is a PolyAlert text/email system that is well-utilized by the University to make sure that all students can get any pertinent information regarding campus safety. Cal Poly does also have its own police force with fully-sworn officers. University Police Department (or UPD) serves as the first responders for any incidents on campus (e.g., medical emergencies, alcohol violations, etc.). UPD also sponsors an escort van to provide rides home from the University Union or library. Some areas on campus (and also the areas immediately off campus) can have poor lighting, which can lead to a sense of uneasiness. It's important to practice safe behaviors so as to minimize risk, especially when going out at night. 

As far as health goes, there is a full-service health center that is available for students to use. Pretty much every nonemergency medical need can be met here. There's also a 24-hour nurse line for when the health center is closed.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 10
  • Burglary: 23
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police Department
1 Grand Ave., Building 36
(805) 756-2281
www.afd.calpoly.edu/police
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Bicycle registration and licensing
  • Blue-light phones
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Escort services
  • Live Scan fingerprinting
  • Special event security
Health Center
Health Services
Building 27 (next to the rec center)
(805) 756-1211
hcs.calpoly.edu
Monday–Tuesday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Thursday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Education programs
  • Men's health/women's health
  • Primary physician and nursing care
  • Routine laboratory tests and X-ray procedures
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
CP also has extensive counseling services staffed by professionals and student mediators.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 133 responses

  • 18% None
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 7 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 132 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 47% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 35% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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