California Campus Safety Plan 2018

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Availability, location, & methods for summoning assistance of security personnel

The CSU Channel Islands Police Department (UPD) has primary law enforcement jurisdiction for all criminal incidents occurring on-campus. This includes incident investigation, follow-up, and resolution. UPD works in conjunction with outside agencies, such as the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and local fire and emergency medical services.

UPD is located in Placer Hall, adjacent to the A1 parking lot, and reports can be made in the lobby 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The on-campus emergency telephone number is 9-1-1. Use this number for reporting on-campus fires, criminal or suspicious activity, and medical or other emergencies. This number goes directly to the UPD if dialed from a campus phone. Dispatchers are trained to respond appropriately to emergencies of any nature.  There are blue light emergency telephones located throughout the campus and student housing which connect directly to UPD.  These auto-dialing phones may be used to summon emergency police, fire, or medical assistance or report criminal or suspicious activity.

The non-emergency telephone number to contact UPD is 805-437-8444.  This number should be utilized to obtain non-emergency, on-campus police and security services.

Special safeguards established for particular facilities or activities

CSU Channel Islands employs a number of safeguards for facilities and activities.  Sworn police officers, along with other public safety staff, remain on-duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provide both preventative patrol and emergency response services.  All campus buildings are secured with an electronic access control system.  Video surveillance is conducted in parking lots and public spaces in and around residential facilities.  UPD regularly updates its all-hazards emergency management plan and maintains a comprehensive notification platform that provides email, text, and voice messaging during a campus emergency.  UPD staff and special events specialists conduct public safety reviews for significant special events held on campus and implement risk management strategies as required.

Actions taken in the preceding 18 months to increase safety

In August of 2016, the university expanded its networked electronic access control and video surveillance system within Santa Rosa Village, a new 600 bed residential housing facility and Islands Café, a renovated and expanding dining commons.  These new systems were also installed during building renovations of Lindero Hall, Student Business Services, Trinity Hall, and the UPD facility.

UPD offered three Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) courses to students, faculty and staff.  R.A.D. is a system of self-defense designed specifically for women.  It combines risk-reduction strategies with basic physical defense techniques, making it one of the most comprehensive courses of its kind.

Transportation and Parking Services purchased four portable area lighting trailers for increased nighttime lighting in remote parking areas.

UPD personnel collaborated with campus partners and then conducted several presentations on campus safety for student, staff, and faculty orientation/information sessions.  Topics included: (1) general safety tips; (2) sexual assault awareness and prevention; (3) high-risk drinking; (4) bystander intervention; (5) disaster and emergency preparedness; (6) recognizing and preventing campus violence.  UPD also delivered individual group presentations for students, faculty, and staff each semester on surviving acts of campus violence.

The university conducted three semi-annual nighttime lighting surveys, which resulted in various repairs, additions, and improvements in lighting conditions throughout the campus.

Changes in safety precautions expected to be made during the next 24 months

The university will expand its networked electronic access control and video surveillance system within an existing science lab facility.  All future construction projects and major building renovations will be designed in accordance with the campus’ new standards for networked electronic access control and video surveillance.

The university will continue to conduct semi-annual nighttime surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of campus lighting and to identify other potential safety issues.  Survey findings will influence environmental design modifications, as appropriate, to improve actual and perceived safety on campus.

The university will create a new Chemical Hygiene and Lab Safety Specialist position with the Environmental Health & Safety department.  The incumbent in this position will work closely with faculty and students in the laboratory setting and will be responsible for implementing the campus’ laser safety program.

The university will increase its athletic field safety standards during renovations to the north play fields.

UPD will implement a new Law Enforcement Use of Naloxone program which will allow police officers to administer life-saving medication in the event of an opiate overdose.

Statistical Chart

Occurrences and/or arrests for   On campus
Part 1 violent crimes*             4
Hate crime             0
Noncriminal acts of hate violence             0
Theft           62
Destruction of property           44
Illegal drugs           39
Alcohol intoxication           3
Occurrences and/or arrests for                         
Hate crimes                16
Noncriminal acts of hate violence                  1

* Part 1 violent crimes include: willful homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.