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San Diego State University

SDSU Division of Student Affairs

Your Safety at SDSU

SDSU and the Division of Student Affairs are committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment for all students. Learn about some of the campus resources that work to safeguard students and the SDSU community at large:

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  • Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo: eCHUG is an interactive web survey that allows you to enter information about your drinking patterns and receive feedback about your use of alcohol. It has been proven to reduce alcohol consumption.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) System: An AED is available in each SDSU Police Department vehicle and at various locations on campus. Defibrillation within 3 minutes of the onset of a heart attack saves 7 out of 10 lives. Learn more.
  • Campus Safety and Security Report:  SDSU is required to to report annual crime statistics, provide timely warnings of serious crimes when there may be a threat to others, and to keep a public log of campus incidents. You may find this information in the Campus Safety and Security Report.
  • Counseling and psychological safety: if at any time your son or daughter is struggling with a psychological emergency, Counseling & Psychological Services will provide a professional today to speak with him or her, in person or by phone.  
  • Crime, how to report: See the SDSU Police Department page titled How to Report an Emergency or Crime
  • Emergency Alert System: Parents and family members may subscribe to SDSU's Emergency Alert System to receive a text or an email in the event of a campuswide emergency or health and safety concern.
  • Emergency phone locations: The SDSU Police Department maintains around 100  “blue-light” emergency/duress phones throughout the campus. The phones provide immediate access to Police Department Dispatch (no need to dial 9-1-1). Learn more.
  • Emergency phone numbers: Visit SDSU's Emergency Preparedness website.
  • Emergency preparedness: SDSU has established emergency preparedness, response, and recovery guidelines for students, faculty, staff, and others so the effects of campus emergency situations can be minimized. Visit SDSU's Emergency Preparedness website to learn more.
  • Environmental Health and Safety: The department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at SDSU ensures compliance with local, state and federal statutes and regulations pertaining to health, safety and environmental protection. EH&S is a department of the division of Business and Financial Affairs.
  • Escort services: SDSU's Police Department provides a safety walking escort to all parking lots, structures and on-campus locations. This service is provided 7 days a week from 5 to 11 pm when classes are in session during  fall and spring semesters.
  • Fire safety: View SDSU's annual Fire Safey Report.
  • LGBT student safety: Safe Zones works to ensure a campus atmosphere that is welcoming, supportive, and safe for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex and ally (LGBTQ2IA) students and  all members of the campus community.
  • Peer Health Educators: Student Health Services' Peer Health Education Programs trains students to teach other students on topics including alcohol and other drugs, body image, sexual health, nutrition, and FraMANners (violence prevention).
  • Police / Public Safety: The SDSU Police Department is charged with safeguarding the campus community through proactive professional law enforcement and service delivery.  The department provides a variety of services.
  • Rape Agression Defense (R.A.D.) Program for women: R.A.D. is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The basic training course is offered free to SDSU students.
  • Sexual assault prevention and response: SDSU educates the university community about sexual misconduct, sexual assaults, and date rape through freshman and transfer student and employee orientations and workshops each semester. Learn more from the Center for Student Rights and Rensponsibilities.
  • Study abroad safety system: The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, in conjunction with IT consultants in the International Student Center, have developed a web-based Study Abroad Risk Management System. The system quickly identifies students studying abroad who are affected by disasters, and gives the university the ability to quickly locate and contact students following a disaster. They are able to determine each student's individual status and to maintain communication in the critical days following a disaster.

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The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, in conjunction with IT consultants in the International Student Center, have developed a web-based Study Abroad Risk Management System. The system quickly identifies students studying abroad who are affected by disasters, and gives the university the ability to quickly locate and contact students following a disaster. They are able to determine each student's individual status and to maintain communication in the critical days following a disaster.

Emergency Phones

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Emergency “blue-light” phones located throughout campus provide immediate access to SDSU Police dispatch with the push of a button. The department also provides a campus escort service to students from dusk until dawn.