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Your safety is our No. 1 concern

California University is committed to maintaining the safety of all members of the campus community.

Report an emergency

Dial 724-938-4357 (HELP)

Report an emergency or crime on campus to the California University Police Department. Here’s how:

  • Go to the police station in the Pollock Building on Hamer Way, near the railroad crossing.
  • Go to the nearest campus phone and call HELP (4357) or 911. Tell the dispatcher whether this is an emergency or a non-emergency, then provide any additional information requested. A Cal U police officer will be dispatched immediately to assist you.

You can also report an anonymous tip to campus police.

Register for Cal U Text Alerts

Cal U Alerts is a cellphone text and e-mail messaging system that provides notification about emergency situations that pose an imminent physical threat to the University community. Cal U Alerts complements Cal U's existing communications plan. Students, faculty, staff and administrators must register to receive the alerts.

Read frequently asked questions.

Get more information.

Campus police

The California University Police Department is responsible for security on campus.

Cal U’s professional police force is on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

All Cal U police officers have extensive, ongoing police training, including courses in criminal justice, investigation, accident reporting, first aid, and criminal law and procedures. Their top priority is the safety and security of our campus community.

Campus safety information

The Cal U Police Department documents reports of allegations involving criminal activity or violations of University rules and regulations 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 are available at the Admissions Office and at the Administration and Finance Office, both in Dixon Hall; at the Student Affairs Office, in the Natali Student Center; and at the California University Police Department, in the Pollock Building.

Special criminal alert notifications are posted on University bulletin boards across campus when the need arises. Cal U police work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as needed, to process physical evidence or investigate crimes.

University police officers check weekly with local police and receive all information concerning allegations of criminal activity by students. This information is retained by the Cal U Police Department and provided to the associate dean for student conduct, who may subject the violator to University disciplinary procedures. 

Contact the police chief

Ed McSheffery
Chief of Police/Director, Public Safety and University Police
Emergency: 724-938-4357 (HELP)
Office: 724-938-4299
Fax: 724-938-5704

Campus Safety

Watch a video about campus safety at Cal U.

Register for Cal U Emergency Text Alerts.

Report an anonymous tip to campus police.

Read Cal U’s Emergency Reference Guide.

Useful Information

View the Crime Statistics and Security Report (Clery Report).

View the Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities.

View the Fire Safety Report.

Review these Safety Tips.

Public Safety Policies

Read Cal U’s campus policies.