April 24, 2017


SUBJECT:    Sun God Policy and Safety

The annual Sun God Festival is Saturday, April 29th from noon to 6 p.m. at RIMAC Field. The Festival is one of our most important campus traditions and brings the campus community together for a day of music and fun. To support the safety of our students while attending the festival, the campus has implemented various safety measures, including the Responsible Action Protocol, Teal Team Six, entry restrictions for specified actions and a Sun God Weekend Residential Guest Policy. More information about these measures follows:


The Responsible Action Protocol was developed in 2014 with the intention of reducing the dangers associated with the overconsumption of alcohol and/or controlled substances, removing barriers to seeking medical assistance and promoting community well­being and safety. Students receiving medical assistance in an alcohol and/or controlled substance medical-related emergency and students initiating medical assistance will not be subject to the formal student conduct process if all of the following apply:

· The student requests OR another person contacts a House Advisor/Resident Advisor or other University Official (e.g. Police Officer, Residential Security Officer, etc.) for medical assistance on behalf of a student experiencing an alcohol and/or controlled substance medical-related emergency;

· No other major Student Conduct Code violations (including, but not limited to, disorderly conduct, distribution of controlled substances, hazing, physical assault, vandalism, etc.) were committed by the student during the same incident;

· The student has not received protection under this Protocol more than once in a two calendar year period.


The UC San Diego Police Department, in connection with Student Health Education, has recruited volunteer student health advocates to participate in a pilot program to provide on-the-field help for stu­dents who are seeking resources and safety information regarding sexual assault and many other issues that may arise.

Please contact Sergeant Melissa Luth ( with the UC San Diego Police Department for more information about this program.


Another continued enhanced safety measure is that students engaging in behaviors potentially endangering the health and safety of themselves, others, or the festival as a whole will be restricted from attending the festival. These measures are effective for incidents occurring between Thursday, April 27th at 8 p.m. to Sunday, April 30th at 8 a.m. and which necessitate action by the UC San Diego Police Department and their affiliated partners.

· If the incident occurs up through to the conclusion of the festival, the student will not be able to attend this year’s event. If the incident occurs after the Festival closes, they will not be able to attend next year’s event.

· Examples of such actions and behaviors necessitating a student’s restriction from the festival include:

      o Student is arrested and taken to jail (e.g. under the influence or distributing controlled substances, driving under the influence).

      o Student is given a citation and released by the officer (e.g. behaviors necessitating arrest, possession of controlled substances - not including marijuana).

      o Student engages in behavior potentially necessitating arrest or citation but is instead transported to the hospital.

· A.S. Concerts and Events (ASCE) will receive lists of students necessitating restriction from the festival based on the actions and behaviors listed above. ASCE will ensure that students are unable to complete their festival registration or are unable to enter the festival when their ID card is scanned at the gate.

· Information is included on the Sun God Festival website and in the registration agreement about the potential restrictions prior to the event.


Similar to previous years, the Sun God Festival Weekend Residential Guest Policy remains in place. The Policy is designed to mitigate the prospect of multiple large gatherings and disruptions in the residential communities and to assist RAs to efficiently handle any situations in the living areas over the four days of the weekend of the Sun God Festival. Essential parts to know include:

· The policy applies during the following time periods: Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m. to Friday, April 28 at 8 a.m. and Friday, April 28, 8 p.m. to Sunday, April 30 at 8 a.m. (encompassing the entire day of the festival).

· The Policy applies to all seven residential areas on campus and to living spaces only (rooms and common areas in residence halls and apartments). It does not apply to public spaces such as study rooms, dining areas, or outdoor spaces in the residential areas.

· Only residents of their respective residential areas are allowed to be present in living spaces of those areas during specified time periods during the weekend of the Sun God Festival. Non-residents involved in student conduct or other incidents will be asked to leave the area in the event they are found present when an incident has occurred. Non-residents may be documented for non-compliance if they do not comply with staff when asked to leave the living area.

· Additionally, the Village, ERC/I-House, and Marshall College will issue wristbands identifying residents of those respective areas, and only persons with corresponding wristbands will be allowed in those three respective neighborhoods during the aforementioned time period.

Sun God continues to be one of UC San Diego’s most celebrated traditions and health and safety remains the top priority for the campus. This year, we’ve continued to build on our efforts to provide a variety of resources available for students to encourage safe, responsible behavior while they enjoy the festival. Please enjoy the festival responsibly and with care for your fellow Tritons.

Juan C. González
Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs