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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a safe school, and large steps are being taken to address rape culture and greek problems.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I like how there are escorts available if you feel unsafe walking around at night. Also, there are a lot of supportive programs to assist you in practically ANYTHING

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I walk around campus at night with no issues. It's well lit and people are always around, so you never feel alone or scared. The school is also well lit.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Cal Poly does its best to make sure students are aware of the resources available to victims, and notify the whole student body and faculty when sexual assault has been reported. University police provide van services at night at timely intervals, and blue call boxes are placed along all walking paths.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They are visible on campus, with emergency call centers located around campus.

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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 143 responses

  • 18% None
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 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 46 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 142 responses

  • 39% High quality, very convenient.
  • 35% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 143 responses

  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 143 responses

  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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