October 1, 2019


SUBJECT:    Welcome Back and Be Safe

With the new school year kicking off, we would like to welcome all new
and returning students to campus. To make the year the best it can be,
please remember to be safe and look out for one another. While the
university strives to ensure that the campus and surrounding community
are safe, there are many simple steps you can take to improve your
personal safety and well-being.

Following are important tips to stay safe:

1. Be aware and pay attention to your surroundings at all times.

2. Use discretion and caution when taking shortcuts through isolated
parts of campus.

3. Buddy up or use one of our two safety escort services:
a. Community Service Officer (CSO) Escort Program – available daily
from sunset to 1 a.m.
b. Triton Rides – a free, nighttime shuttle service available from 11
p.m. – 6:30 a.m. Call 858-534-WALK (9255) to request an escort or a
ride. You can also use the Tapride app to schedule a Triton Ride. Learn
more at:

4. Lock your room, apartment, or car doors at all times, even if
stepping away for “just a minute.”

5. Become a responsive bystander and consider stepping in if you
witness a disturbing or unsettling situation. Learn more about bystander
intervention and violence prevention at:

6. Practice beach and cliff safety. Abide by all signage and never swim
alone. More information on the beauty and dangers of our coastline can
be found at:

7. Trust your instincts. If you’re in a situation where you feel
threatened or unsafe, leave the area if possible, and call 911. Also,
don’t be afraid to speak up. If you see something, say something and
report suspicious activity by calling 911 or 858-534-HELP (4357). Learn
more about what to report at:

8. Be conscious of cybersecurity and online/ phone scams. While this is
an exciting time for students, hackers and identity thieves are
similarly busy at the start of the school year. The best way to stay
cybersafe is to approach all unexpected messages, offers and phone calls
with healthy skepticism. Learn about typical scams to watch out for, and
how to protect yourself with tools like two-step login at:

You can find more information on campus police services and staying safe
on the UC San Diego Police Department website:

If you are off campus and need to reach the San Diego Police Department
for a non-emergency, please call 619-531-2000 or visit their contact
page at:

We wish you a safe and engaging year at UC San Diego. Go Tritons!

Alysson M. Satterlund
Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs

David Rose
Chief of Police