Your Safety is Our No. 1 Concern
Cal U is committed to maintaining the safety of all members of the University community.
Reporting an Emergency
Dial 724-938-HELP (4357)
Any emergency or crime on campus can be reported by phone or in person to the California University Police Department located on Hamer Way near the railroad crossing. You can also make a report by going to the nearest on-campus phone and dial H-E-L-P (4357), or dial 911 on any campus phone. Identify the situation as an emergency or non-emergency and provide any additional information requested by the dispatcher. A California Police Department officer will be dispatched immediately to assist you.
Register for Cal U Alerts
Cal U Alerts is a cell-phone text message and e-mail message system that provides notification of emergency situations posing imminent physical threats to the University community. Cal U Alerts complements Cal U's existing communications plan. Students, faculty and administrators must register to receive the alerts. For more information, read the frequently asked questions and get more information.
California University Police Department: Keeping You Safe
The California University Police Department serves all members of the Cal U community. The California University Police Department, located in the Pollock Maintenance Building, is responsible for security on campus. University police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The administrative staff and police officers are among the best in their field. The director, assistant director and commissioned police officers are ready, willing and able to help make Cal U a safe, secure learning environment. The courteous and helpful officers have completed more than 520 hours of classroom and practical field training. All have extensive, ongoing police training, including courses in criminal justice, investigation, accident reporting, first aid, and criminal law and procedure.
Working with Other Law Enforcement
If it is necessary to summon assistance from other law enforcement agencies, the decision to do so is made promptly by the director of the California University Police Department in consultation with other University administrators. The California University Police Department maintains excellent relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. When necessary, physical evidence is processed by the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory or the FBI Laboratory Division. University police regularly use the National Crime Information Center to assist in the investigation of criminal offenses, giving them access to more than 20 million files.
California University is a safe and secure place, but if and when the need arises, all of the techniques and practices of modern law enforcement are available to help our University Police officers.
Campus Safety Information at Your Fingertips
All reports of allegations involving criminal activity or violations of University rules and regulations are documented when they are received. Criminal complaints, citations and other public records are available to any interested person or agency. Incidents, prosecutions or programs of interest to the campus community and the general public are made available to the campus newspaper and regional and local media through press releases, inquiries or daily logs.
Crime and fire safety statistics as well as security policies and procedures reports are available at the Admissions Office and at the Administration and Finance Office. Both are located in Dixon Hall. They are also available in the Student Growth and Development Office in the Natali Student Center and the California University Police Department, located in the Pollock Building. Special criminal alert notifications are posted on University bulletin boards across campus when the need arises.
University Police officers make a weekly check with the local police and receive all information concerning student criminal activity. This information, in addition to being retained by the University Police Department, is also provided to the dean of student life, who may subject the violator to University discipline procedures.
California University Police Department
Chief of Police / Director, Public Safety and University Police
- Spring safety reminder from Chief Ed McSheffery
- Read a message about safety precautions on campus from Ed McSheffery, chief of California University Police Department.
- Read a report on public safety and security from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
Get more information about CALU Alerts.
View the Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities
View the Fire Safety Report
Review These Safety Tips
Read Cal U's Public Safety Policies:
- Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking and Driving
- Illegal Drugs
- Residence Hall Guest Policy
- Parking Policy
- Access to University Facilities
- Sexual Assault Policy and Resources
- Suzanne's Law
- Weapons Policy
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