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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: This place is so safe in terms of wildlife, robberies, muggings, and really any type of crime- except sexual assault, which has been and continues to be an issue on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault victims aren't really helped unless they file an official police report.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus is really safe and the town in general feels very safe.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Unfortunately, since I have been at Cal Poly there have several instances of sexual and physical abuse of students both on and near campus. I personally know multiple females who have experiences sexual assault, and it is disheartening and sickening. However, much of this is out of the university's control. The faculty and staff make an evident effort to avert these situations, and provide any assistance they can to support students who have faced such atrocities.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There aren't that many health incidents reported at school.


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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
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
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?
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 204 responses

  • 17% None
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 151 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 205 responses

  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 249 responses

  • 37% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 10% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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