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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

Ed McSheffery
Chief of Police / Director, Public Safety and University Police
Emergency: 938-HELP
FAX 724-938-5704

Safety precautions

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Report an anonymous tip to campus police.

Useful Links

Get more information about CALU Alerts.

View Cal U's Current Crime Statistics and Security Report

Read the Crime Statistics Background and Glossary of Terms

View the Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities

View the Fire Safety Report

Review These Safety Tips

Read Cal U's Public Safety Policies:

Emergency Reference Guide

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