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Campus and Community Safety

At Chico State, the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our highest priority. A safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation and collaboration of the entire community. The information here is offered with the hope that you will read it carefully and use it to help foster a safe campus environment for yourself and others.

The University Police Department (UPD) is a full-service law enforcement agency. Its officers have full California state peace officer powers and provide around-the-clock services 365 days per year. The UPD handles all crimes and police service requests on campus.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

Dial 9-911 from an “on-campus” phone to report an emergency.
Use this number only from an on-campus or University Housing telephones for emergency fire, police, or medical aid. The non-emergency number for the University Police Department and Campus Escort Service is 898-5372.

Dial 911 from an  “off-campus” phone to report an emergency.
Use this number from pay phones, cell phones, and all off-campus locations for community-based emergency fire, police, or medical services. Non-emergency calls to police, fire, or ambulance services may be directed to the appropriate business number for the agency. See the telephone book for police or fire numbers for your locale.

There are several “blue light” emergency phones at exterior locations throughout the campus which ring directly into the University Police. These phones may also be used to call the Campus Escort Service which is operated by the UPD and provides escorts to and from campus within a one-mile radius. This service is available at all times by calling the non-emergency number above or by using a blue light phone.

Access to Campus Facilities

Our campus is viewed as a cultural and educational resource for the entire area and its academic buildings are quite accessible. This openness promotes learning and interchange in an academic context, but it can also lend itself to predation from lawless elements. Keeping criminality suppressed while still maintaining accessibility requires the support and participation of the entire community, including the prompt reporting of suspicious persons or circumstances.

While campus residence halls are considerably less accessible, even to the extent of staff locking all exterior doors and requiring guests to check in at the front desk on weekends, it is still necessary for residents to maintain the security of their personal areas and to report suspicious persons to the residence hall staff. Residence hall security is the shared responsibility of staff and residents and requires mutual cooperation and support to be successful.

All fraternity and sorority houses are located off campus. There are also off-campus residence halls, privately owned and operated, which cater to students. Law enforcement services for fraternities, sororities, and off-campus residence halls and apartments are provided by either the Chico Police Department or the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, depending on the housing’s location. The University Police Department will often provide preventive patrols and assist those agencies with incidents in areas near campus.

Crime Prevention Programs

Among the other components of campus safety and crime prevention are lighting, landscaping, and personal awareness. There has been a significant effort recently to improve lighting in several areas of campus. University Police and the Facilities Management staff are open to suggestions for additional lighting improvements. The grounds crews do a great job of keeping shrubbery next to buildings and pathways well trimmed, eliminating potential areas of concealment.

Awareness is the most critical factor in the personal safety equation. If your attention to surroundings is compromised by intoxication, fatigue, or preoccupation, you operate at a disadvantage and have a greater potential for being victimized. The primary responsibility for avoiding victimization resides with you!

The University Police Department offers several crime prevention programs and services to assist you. Among these are the 24-Hour Campus Escort Service (898-5372), Bicycle Licensing, and other crime prevention presentations which are given on an as-needed basis. The campus newspaper (The Orion) and the faculty-staff newsletter (The University Bulletin) publish course offerings well in advance, and you may inquire anytime at UPD, 898-5372.

Campus Safety and Crime Information

Brochures are available in the University Police lobby which provide information about many safety related and crime prevention issues.

In spite of the pastoral appearance and friendly atmosphere of Chico and its surroundings, the campus is not a haven from crime. As incidents occur which may pose a threat to other students and employees, the University Police Department will disseminate this information to the community through newspapers, television, radio, and other means.

Statistical information addressing crimes and arrests which have occurred on the campus is published annually in The Class Schedule. This data and other safety information can also be viewed on our website: www.csuchico.edu/up. You can compare this information to your own community’s crime statistics, as contained in either Crime and Delinquency in California, published by the California Department of Justice, or Crime in the United States, which is published by the FBI. These publications are usually available in the reference section of your local library.

Campus Crime Stoppers

If you know of anyone that has committed a crime on campus, please call Campus Crime Stoppers at 898-5372. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


Be aware of what is going on around you. If you see something suspicious, go to the nearest phone and call the police. Don’t be afraid of seeming foolish.

Use lighted walkways on campus at night— don’t take shortcuts. If you can’t walk with a friend, call the Campus Escort Service (898-5372).

Take precautions at night. Park your car or bike in a well-lit area.

Always lock the doors and windows in your residence hall or apartment. Pull the window shades at night.

If you come home and find a door or window open, don’t go in! Go to the nearest phone and call the police.

When someone knocks on your door, look first, and then open it only if you know the person.

Look inside your car before getting in. Lock your doors after you’re inside.

Have your key ready when approaching your car or home to minimize the delay in getting the door open and entering.

Don’t waste time if you’re approached by someone suspicious. Get away fast.

“Blue Light Phones” can be found at several exterior locations on the campus. Activating one of these phones gives you immediate access  to the University Police Department to report an emergency or request the Campus Escort Service.

Remember, the most important part of the campus safety equation is your watchfulness and good judgment!

Write down emergency telephone numbers you might need and keep them by your telephone.

Trust your instincts. When a voice inside you says you are in danger, listen to it!