Jeanne Clery Act — 2012 Annual Security Report

Dear Sonoma State University Community:

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Jeanne Clery Act) Sonoma State University is pleased to introduce the 2012 Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report. Enclosed you will find information about key institutional policies, personal safety and crime prevention information, how to report suspicious and criminal activities, and required Clery Act crime statistics for the last three calendar years.

Sonoma State University combines a beautiful campus setting in the heart of California wine country, top-rated student residential facilities, a world-class concert hall and music education facility, and a friendly and collaborative atmosphere to provide an educational experience that fosters intellectual, cognitive, social, and personal growth. Throughout 2012, Sonoma State continued to strive for academic excellence in education. Safety was an integral part in reaching the milestones and success in the University’s first 50 years and continues to be an integral part of our continued success moving forward in to the next 50 years.

This report compiles information gathered from throughout our community in 2012 from all divisions and all employees defined in the Clery Act as "Campus Security Authorities". It shows the commitment of SSU to provide policies, practices, and outreach that supports the safest community possible for all to live, work and learn. Crime prevention and safety takes the cooperation and collaboration of the entire community. SSU Police appreciates working with and within the SSU community that maintains such a proactive approach to safety.

I wish everyone a safe and successful educational experience and appreciate your on-going support and efforts towards safety that help keep Sonoma State University an outstanding educational community.

Dr. Nathan Johnson, Chief of Police and Executive Director for Risk Management, Internal Control and Information Security

What is the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092(f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it. The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report every year by October 1st that contains three years of crime statistics and certain policy statements including sexual assault policies which assure basic victims' rights, the law enforcement authority of university police, and where the students, staff, faculty, and visitors should go to report crimes. The complete text of the Clery Act and the U.S. Department of Education regulations are available on the Security on Campus, Inc web site.

The annual security report for Sonoma State University includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sonoma State University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. In accordance with mandated reporting requirements, information concerning the monitoring and recording of any criminal activity in which students have engaged, at off campus locations and/or within student organizations that are officially recognized by the University, are gathered from local police agencies that may include any City, County, State, or Federal agencies that may have relevant information. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus safety, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.

SSU Police are aware that crimes may go unreported to law enforcement and strongly encourage our students, staff, faculty, and visitors to immediately report any crimes to SSU Police that have occurred within our community. As a reminder to those employees of the University, who have significant responsibility for students and student activities, a reporting form is sent out annually for collection and recording of accurate statistics. Administrators, Faculty Advisors to student clubs, Student Affairs and Activities Advisors and Coordinators, and Athletic Coaches are all included in the notification. Classroom faculty (except for club Advisors), Physicians, Psychologists, and most Clerical Staff are examples of employees who are not required to report under the Clery Act. Crime prevention and personal safety information and pamphlets are available at the SSU Police Department and on the SSU Police web site. The Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Residential Life, also maintain related information and pamphlets, and this information can also be located in various student and staff publications throughout the campus.

Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

SSU Police compile this institutional report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be located on our website. This report is a collaborative and comprehensive effort that includes the cooperation of departments from all divisions within the institution, and all employees designated as "Campus Security Authorities" under the Clery Act. Each entity is asked to provide crime statistics and/or information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.

Crime statistics are also collected from law enforcement agencies with concurrent law enforcement jurisdiction or jurisdictions surrounding Sonoma State University, and off-site properties or facilities owned or utilized the university. These law enforcement agencies provide crime statistics they have collected for crimes occurring on campus properties or public property immediately adjacent to Sonoma State University properties or facilities. Sonoma State University does not have any on or off campus fraternity or sorority houses. Student organization recognition does not extend beyond the University and student organizations are not recognized to engage in activity off-campus. All students and every paid part-time, full-time, and intermittent employee receives an annual notice in University wide-e-mail that informs them of the annual Clery Act report, a brief description of the contents, information regarding the availability of the report on the Internet, the electronic address to access the report, and a statement on how to obtain a paper copy, if desired. Employees and students also receive this same information when inquiring about the application process for admission or employment via the Internet.

Additionally, notices regarding the existence of the Clery Act Report, a brief description of its contents, information regarding the availability of the report on the Internet with the electronic address to access the report, and a statement on how to obtain a paper copy, if desired are included in several University publications, and on the Employee Services web site to inform students, employees and prospective students and employees about the existence of the Clery Act Annual Report, the electronic address to access the report, and information on how to obtain a paper copy, if desired. Copies of the report may also be obtained at SSU Police located in Verdot Village on the SSU Campus at 1801 East Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park, CA 94928 or by calling SSU Police at 707-664-4444.

Law Enforcement Authority, Polices, Memorandum of Understanding, and Minimum Training Standards

Sonoma State University Police are a fully accredited law enforcement agency and not a branch of any other law enforcement agency. The Department employs sworn peace officers who are vested with full arrest authority in the State of California, pursuant to California Penal Code section 830.2(c) and Education Code section 89560. The Police Officers' arrest authority may extend to any place within the State of California and maintain primary law enforcement jurisdiction for all crimes occurring on University properties. Police officers all meet the requirements specified by the California Peace Officer's Standards and Training Commission, which are mandated for all sworn California law enforcement officers. Law enforcement duties and responsibilities of police officers mirror those of municipal and county law enforcement agencies in your home communities.

Sonoma State University Police focus enforcement and prevention efforts in our primary jurisdiction to include all property owned and operated by the University. SSU Police share concurrent law enforcement jurisdiction on all adjacent public streets, areas, and in communities surrounding the University properties and cooperate fully with all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Sonoma State University maintains operational agreements/memorandums of understanding that comply with the Kristin Smart Campus Safety Act and Higher Education Opportunity Act clarifying that SSU Police are the primary law enforcement agency for all crimes occurring on SSU properties or facilities. SSU Police also adhere to the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chief's Association protocols that encourage prompt law enforcement response and collaboration in incidents requiring inter-agency law enforcement collaboration.

During 2012 SSU Police actively participated in Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Strategies (COPPS) and utilized a combination of bike, foot, and vehicle patrols to reach all areas of our campus and properties. We remained active and prepared to respond to calls from our community for service and assistance anytime of the day or night every day of the year. The department handled 18,965 specific incidents that required police response, and made a total of 72 arrests. Officers and non-sworn personnel completed mandated and specialized training and utilized specialized areas of expertise to conduct 157 presentations and outreach efforts throughout the community to include sexual assault education & prevention, substance abuse, drug and alcohol education & prevention, defensive driving, personal safety & crime prevention, active shooter response and emergency preparedness training, identity theft prevention, building & office safety, alarm systems, and bicycle safety.

Our non-sworn community service specialist worked several special events and was assigned to patrol specific areas to help in crime prevention and outreach efforts. The Criminal Justice student interns sponsored and supervised by SSU Police Officers provided safety escorts, bicycle registration, property engraving, administrative support, and helped enhance the safety of the campus by reporting any suspicious activity to Police dispatch.

Our commitment to the SSU community and partnerships we maintain within our community helped reduce criminal incidents throughout the year and contributed to SSU remaining one of the most sought-after CSU campuses for student, staff and faculty to live, work, and learn.

Facility Access and Security

It is the practice of SSU that University buildings are opened prior to the beginning of the business day and locked nightly after the conclusion of evening classes. The Library, Recreation Center, 24 hour lab, and some other specific campus buildings have specific hours based on their function and hours are posted. It is recognized that there will scheduled events and certain needs for after hours and weekend access to buildings. Anyone working late or on weekends outside of scheduled events and academic scheduled classes should notify SSU Police when they enter and leave a building. Although proper identification is always required, after-hours access requires additional event paperwork or authorization from the effected department. Access on holidays is treated as weekend access.

Access to University housing buildings is limited to residents, their guests, and selected staff. The Residential Community is patrolled cooperatively by SSU Police and on-duty Residential Life personnel to include Community Service Advisors and Residential Life Coordinators.

University facilities and grounds are maintained by SSU Facilities Management. SSU Police conduct lighting surveys, recommend the trimming of shrubbery and foliage when it will enhance safety, and complete work requests to Facilities Management when hazardous situations are found that require prompt correction. SSU Police conduct crime prevention surveys/analysis when a crime trend occurs or when requested by an administrator when physical changes to office space and equipment occur. Many offices, labs, computer rooms and areas of campus have alarms that report a signal directly to SSU Police if tampering occurs. SSU Police also add and change alarm codes for University employees and consult with areas and departments on alarm systems. SSU Police also serve as a first point of contact for instructions on and trouble-shooting alarm problems. Problems that require repair are referred to an outside alarm contractor for servicing. SSU Police also participate in the review of new building designs and recommend changes that are conducive to preventing crime through environmental design.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

Sonoma State University Police is located at the southern end of Verdot Village. SSU Police, similar to other Police agencies from your local communities, provides 24-hour law enforcement service, throughout the entire year, including all holidays. For all non-emergencies and regular business call Police Dispatch at 707-664-4444. In- progress suspicious or criminal acts and all Police, Fire, or medical emergencies should be reported directly to SSU Police by calling 9-1-1 from any campus phone or by pushing the red button on a "blue-light" campus emergency phone. The emergency phones are strategically located throughout the entire campus and have blue lights for easy visibility. When calling in emergencies, be prepared to provide the police dispatcher with your name, telephone number, and location, as well as any pertinent information (such as suspect and vehicle description, direction of travel, etc.). Always stay on the line until the dispatcher ends the call. In cases involving sexual assaults, crimes may be reported to those listed under "Reporting Sexual Assaults". You may also report crimes to any University official, particularly at the following locations:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 707-664-2153
  • Chief of Student Affairs Officer at 707-664-2838
  • The Residential Life Office (for on-campus residents) at 707-664-4033
  • Student Health Center professional staff (a doctor or nurse) at 707-664-2921
  • Any SSU Police Officer at 707-664-4444 or 9-1-1

The Police Dispatch Center has current technology "E-911", that captures 911 calls that are placed by a mobile phone within SSU jurisdiction. Occasionally a "911" call from a mobile phone will still divert to the CHP dispatch Center in Benicia, CA thus we advise that SSU community members program the SSU Police telephone number, 707-664-4444, into mobile phones to expedite response when calling in an emergency situation.

"Timely Warning" Crime Alert Bulletins

A well-informed community is an integral component in maintaining the safest campuses and facilities possible. While the university has no formal policy It is the consistent practice of SSU to notify the Police Chief and/or designee who then confers as necessary and applicable with administrators, university affairs, legal counsel, and surrounding law enforcement agencies, after a violent crime or crime listed in the Clery Act is reported to SSU Police to determine if the circumstances and facts represent an on-going or continuing threat to the Sonoma State University Community. Once the Police Chief and/or designee is notified and has conferred as necessary and applicable and a determination is reached that a continuing threat exists, the Chief of Police or designee will arrange to disseminate "timely warning" crime alert information as soon as resources are available, through University Affairs with the University-wide e-mail system and the SSU Police web site to ensure all members of the community are likely to have access to the information. Bulletins also include prevention information to assist members of our educational community from becoming a victim of a similar crime.

Daily Crime Log Access

Sonoma State University Police maintain a daily crime log of all crimes investigated or reported to the department for the most recent 60-day period. The log is available for public inspection during normal business hours of 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday or by viewing on or printing from our web site. Log entries older than 60 days can be obtained by request and will be available within two business days.

Press Releases and Media Information

SSU Police Department press releases are posted through the Office of University Affairs and are also on the Police department website at Summaries of campus crime incidents are accessible for publishing in the STAR student newspaper and SSU Police work in partnership with University Affairs, the STAR and News Center (for employees) to publish information related to crime and campus safety issues.

Emergency Notification, Response, and Evacuation Procedures

SSU maintains a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan and understands preparedness before an emergency is integral to the safety of the community. In accordance to Federal Law and CSU Executive Order 1056, Sonoma State University tests emergency response and evacuations procedures at least once annually. Every emergency exercise is documented, the University Emergency Plan publicized, and documentation includes the date, time of exercise, a description of the exercise, and whether it was announced or unannounced. All records are retained by the Director of Emergency Services and Disaster Planning.

The SSU emergency plan, information and procedures are disseminated each year by campus e-mail and through individual department and area trainings, through new faculty and staff orientations, through new student and parent orientations, and through the Building Marshal Program. Additionally, the University Emergency Plan and Procedures are posted on the SSU Police web site for access at all times for community members.

Emergency Notification

It is the practice of SSU, in matters where there is an in-progress significant emergency or dangerous incident that poses an immediate threat to the members of the SSU, community, such as an earthquake, active shooter, structure fire, hazardous materials leak, or similar major incident, the University will use some or all of the various communication systems in place to quickly communicate information to community members. In the 2012 year, these communication methods included PA systems in emergency vehicles, bullhorns, University-wide e-mails, University website, and emergency voice and text messages that could be sent to a cell phone through the SSU, AlertU mass notification system, and through the Sonoma State University Emergency Information Hotline. Sonoma State University will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

When a report of a significant emergency or dangerous incident is reported to Sonoma State University Police, an initial response to the location will be done by police personnel. Once SSU Police are on scene, they will relay facts through police radio communication through dispatch and the police chain of command will be notified. Once the Chief of Police or designee is notified of the event and the facts occurring, the Chief of Police or designee will consult with the Director of Emergency Services and Disaster Planning, Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Vice President of Administration and Finance, the University President or designee and any other emergency personnel that are specific to the type of incident, such as a Fire Official in the event of a fire, or an Environmental Health and Safety Official in the event of a chemical spill, to determine if there is a significant emergency that poses an immediate threat to the members of the SSU community. If one or more of the individuals listed is not reachable or unavailable, the remaining individual(s) will proceed with the determination. If it is determined that a significant emergency exists, the individual(s) will determine who to notify, determine the content of the notification, and initiate the notification system. University Affairs and Sonoma State University Police are the responsible organizations for carrying out this process.

Emergency Preparedness

On October 18, 2012, SSU conducted an unannounced practical exercise to test emergency response and emergency notification protocols. Sonoma State University's participants were joined by more than 9.4 million other participants within California. The "Great California Shake Out, Drop, Cover and Hold On" exercise tested the campus reaction to emergency procedures during an earthquake. The entire campus community was encouraged to participate in the life saving procedures of drop, cover and hold on. University areas debriefed following the exercise and discussed what they did, evacuation techniques, and how they could improve or strengthen response in the future. Many participants also evacuated classrooms, offices and buildings. Students, staff, faculty and administrators met in their designated emergency evacuation safety areas and Building Marshals were able to test their area and department-specific emergency plans. Before the exercise, emergency information was disseminated through University-wide e-mail reminding the community of procedures to follow in the event of an earthquake and where to locate emergency preparedness plans and information. The emergency notification system was also tested in conjunction with the exercise. The exercise was received very well by the campus community, had a high rate of participation, and was successful in testing emergency procedures for all community members.

The SSU Emergency Services Program also conducted an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team emergency exercise on December 12, 2012 with the designed emergency of a campus active shooter that occurred in the Student Recreation Center. Tragic events around the world including the devastating Colorado and Arizona shootings highlighted the importance of practicing SSU's emergency procedures, plan and operations center. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team utilized their expertise and past training as prescribed in CSU executive Order 1056, The National Incident Management System (NIMS), The Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and The Incident Command System (ICS). This emergency training exercise was announced but participants were not given specific nuances until the planned exercise time forcing members to utilize their emergency skills in a real time and stressful environment. Emergency Operation Center personnel navigated the priorities of life safety measures to ensure the campus community was protected and mitigated in the correct emergency management methods. The Emergency Operations Center's expertise is vital to the emergency response and recovery should a catastrophic event occur at Sonoma State University.

The SSU Emergency Services Program also conducted numerous campus-wide specific emergency evacuation drills both announced and unannounced during 2012. These drills took place in all residential hall buildings, the Children's School, Stevenson Hall, Darwin Hall, The Schulz Library, Salazar Hall, Information Technology, and the Student Recreation Center. Additionally, many University 102 classes received individual presentations specific to emergency training in evacuation and shelter in place procedures tailored to individual and group environmental characteristics and challenges. Also during 2012, the SSU back-up water supply was replenished and emergency kits throughout campus were replenished and new items such as upgraded flashlights, new batteries, and updated emergency information pamphlets were added. SSU's Emergency Services Program continued hosting the online active shooter training available to all members of the SSU campus community (students, faculty, staff, and guests). "The Shots Fired on Campus," training provides critical guidance on how to recognize and survive an active shooter situation. This training was also performed in person to University 102 classes, campus departments, and during new dining student employee orientations.

SSU's emergency program also disseminated emergency information to the university community through newspaper interviews, online resources, campus e-mails and in person presentations. During the Faculty and Staff Benefits Orientation sessions all new members hired to SSU were given a presentation on their role as a disaster services worker. This also included training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Standardized Emergency Management Systems (SEMS). Additionally, thousands of new students and parents were presented with emergency and safety related information at the New Student and Parent Welcome Orientations and also had an opportunity to view personal emergency kits and suggested supplies during tabling sessions during each of the orientation sessions. The Office of Housing Services also provides the comprehensive emergency preparedness information on their website and in the resident move-in packet materials.

SSU's Emergency Services Program Director continued to work closely with many different collaborative emergency councils and groups. These councils and groups included: Sonoma County Office of Emergency Services Coordinators Council, The North Coast College and Mutual Aid Emergency Group, the CSU's Combined Affinity Group, CSU's Emergency Coordinators working group, and SSU's Safety Committee. In the area of communications, the SSU Emergency Program tested the CSU interoperable Skymars satellite communications monthly, and Sonoma County Ham radios quarterly.

Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act

In compliance with The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act, which was included as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Sonoma State University’s Fire Safety Report can be accessed on the University Housing web page (The address for the Housing Services Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act web page is The report is compiled courtesy of the SSU Housing Services Office and paper copies are also available upon request during normal business hours from the SSU Office of Housing Services located in Zinfandel Village across from the dining hall.

Missing Student Notification

Federal law requires that the University report, both to local law enforcement and to the student's designated confidential contact person, when campus residents are determined missing for 24 hours (i.e., no one can identify where they are). If the missing student is less than 18 years of age and not emancipated, the University is also required to notify their parent or guardian. Campus residents are notified of the missing student notification procedures when providing emergency contact information and are given the opportunity to provide a confidential contact person during initial building meetings with the Residential Life staff during move-in week. This information is maintained by the Office of Residential Life and is treated as strictly confidential and only utilized by law enforcement and university officials in the event an investigation determines the resident is missing. Law enforcement will always be notified if a student has been determined to be missing for over 24 hours, regardless of whether the student has provided a confidential contact. When a campus resident is believed missing, the situation should be reported immediately to SSU Police and any member of the Residential Life or Housing Services staff. After investigation of the missing person report, and the person is determined missing for 24 hours, The Office of Residential Life and/or the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will notify the student's missing student contact, if provided, and the SSU Police will notify Sonoma County law enforcement agencies – no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.

Crime Statistics

It is the University's policy to ensure that crime on campus is accurately reported and analyzed for the development of new programs that will aid in crime prevention. Crime statistics for public property adjacent to the University are requested from and provided in part by Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, who are the agencies whose jurisdictions incorporate the immediate campus and/or non-campus properties and facilities of SSU.

Formal recognition of student organizations does not extend beyond the University; therefore incidents related to off-campus activities of student organizations are not reported. Sonoma State University does not provide law enforcement service at off-campus events.

Statistics regarding certain law violations resulting in campus disciplinary actions are collected from the offices of Residential Life and the Chief Student Affairs Officer. Clery Act statistics are also collected from individuals with significant responsibility for student activities. Sonoma State University does not have a confidential reporting program.

Crime statistics are reported pursuant to the guidelines as specified in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Disclosure Act, as defined under the FBI Uniformed Crime Reporting procedures, and separated by the following geographical areas:

  • On campus;
  • In on-campus residence halls (these figures are also included in the statistics for on-campus);
  • On public property adjacent to the University;
  • Non-campus, University-owned property located other than on main campus.
    • Fairfield Osborn Preserve on Sonoma Mountain
    • Galbreath Wildland Preserve in Mendocino County
    • Undeveloped Land Parcel (approximately 1.1 mile north of Main Campus)

Crime statistics concerning this campus and others can also be found on the Department of Education web site.

Hate Incidents are separated from Hate Crimes to include non-criminal incidents of hate and hate related cases.

The statistics below are being provided as part of Sonoma State University’s commitment to safety and security of our campus and facilities and to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act.


Crime Statistics

Major Crimes
   On Campus Residence Halls Non-Campus Public Property
Category 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses– Forcible 2 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses- Non-forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 3 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 5 5 8 4 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Special Category - Arrests
  On Campus Residence Halls Non-Campus Public Property
Category 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Illegal Weapons Possession 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations 27 0 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 27 26 8 11 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Special Category - Disciplinary Referrals
   On Campus Residence Halls Non-Campus Public Property
Category 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Illegal Weapons Possession 0 4 3 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations 18 20 21 9 19 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations 18 7 16 17 6 16 0 0 0 1 0 0

Liquor law arrests do not include drunk driving violations or public intoxication.

Hate Crime Statistics

There were no reported hate crimes in 2010, 2011 or 2012.

Crime Definitions

Criminal Homicide — Manslaughter by Negligence
The killing of another person through gross negligence.
Criminal Homicide — Murder and Non Negligent Manslaughter
The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
Aggravated Assault
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)
The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned - including joyriding.)
Weapon Law Violations
The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
Drug Abuse Violations
Violations of State and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (demerol, methadones); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, benzedrine).
Liquor Law Violations
The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)
Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Sex Offenses

The following sex offense definitions are excerpted from the National Incident-Based Reporting System Edition of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Sex Offenses — Forcible
Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
Forcible Rape
The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).
Forcible Sodomy
Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
Sexual Assault With An Object
The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
Forcible Fondling
The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or, not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
Sex Offenses — Non Forcible
Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse
Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
Statutory Rape
Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent

Hate Crimes

"Hate crimes" are crimes that, upon investigation, manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator's bias. Clery Act statistics for hate crimes are derived from any of the Clery Act reportable crimes listed in the Crime Definitions section and, beginning in 2009, the following additional crimes.

The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. (Note: Constructive possession is defined by Black's Law Dictionary, 6th ed. as "where one does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.")
Simple Assault
An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or loss of consciousness.
To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property (Except Arson)
To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

Assistance for Victims of Sexual Assaults

Sonoma State University is committed to ensuring that students, employees, and visitors who have been sexually assaulted are treated with sensitivity, dignity and confidentiality and are provided with medical treatment, counseling assistance, and resource information specific to sexual assault. Every effort is made to ensure that our educational environment promotes and assists prompt reporting of sexual assaults and provides compassionate support services for survivors. Sexual assaults are crimes that happen to both men and women. All victims of sexual assault, regardless of gender, receive the same services and support resources. Sexual assault includes, but is not necessarily limited to, acts or attempted acts of rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by foreign object, and sexual battery.

Sonoma State University will not tolerate sexual assault in any form and adheres to California State University Executive Order 1074 as campus policy in matters related to sexual harassment, to include sexual assault. It can be located on the web or by contacting the Employee Relations and Compliance Office, the Office of the Chief Student Affairs Officer, and/or the Office of University Affairs. Where there is probable cause to believe that a sexual assault has occurred and that a student, faculty, or staff member has violated CSU Executive Order 1074, all complaints will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. Even if the victim or criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the University can pursue disciplinary action if the assailant is a student, staff, or faculty member. If the incident involves someone under 18 years old, the appropriate legal guidelines and notifications will be followed. Incidents involving non-members of the University community will be processed according to local and state laws.

Possible sanctions to be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure regarding rape, acquaintance rape or other sex offenses, forcible or non-forcible, may be one or any combination of the following:

  • Expulsion from the University
  • Suspension for a specified time
  • Probation for a specified time
  • Psychological counseling and/or assessment
  • Performance of community service
  • Revocation of residence hall license

In sexual assault cases, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging the sexual assault. After an alleged sexual assault incident occurs, the university will assist the victim in changing academic and on-campus living situations if so requested and if such changes are reasonably available.

Reporting the Sexual Assault

If you are sexually assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place as soon as possible. Your immediate safety is first!
  • Call SSU Police.
    • If the crime occurred in another police jurisdiction SSU Police will help facilitate contact with the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the crime occurred. Contacting police does not require that you pursue prosecution.
  • Preserve physical evidence.
    • Do not wash, use the toilet, eat, smoke, drink, or change clothing if at all possible. If you do change clothes, place all clothing you were wearing when the assault occurred in a paper bag. Keep all voicemails, emails, texts or other types of communication between you and the attacker.
  • Get medical attention immediately.
    • This will determine and treat any physical injuries you might have sustained during the assault; determine the risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and provide preventative treatment options; and gather evidence that could aid in criminal prosecution of the perpetrator.
  • Call a sexual assault advocate (Verity) or a friend, family member, or someone you trust for support.

REMEMBER: Sexual assault is never your fault!

Sonoma State University strongly encourages all members of the campus community who believe they are victims of sexual assault to immediately report the incident to the SSU police or the police agency of jurisdiction where the crime occurred. Timely reporting to the police is an important factor in successful investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases. Victims are not required to pursue prosecution just because they report the crime to a police agency. The reporting of sexual assault to the police agency may prevent others from being victims and safeguard your rights for future prosecution.

Sonoma State University Police Officers have received specific training to thoroughly investigate these types of crimes and officers provide assistance to victims of sexual assault to include facilitating medical and counseling services, evidence collection, explaining options for a forensic exam, contacting a Verity sexual assault advocate to assist and accompany you during any forensic exam, and referrals to numerous on and off campus resources for support and assistance.

Reasons to report the crime to police include:

  • Reporting within 72 hours of the assault will allow for valuable evidence to be collected. The sooner you report, the better the chance of physical evidence being collected and not being diminished or destroyed. Should you want to pursue prosecution, this increases the chances of apprehending and successfully prosecuting the suspect.
  • Reporting is empowering. It gives survivors a chance to talk about what has happened and gives them back some of their personal control.
  • Reporting the crime will ensure that medical expenses, including a forensic medical exam and costs for emergency care, may be paid by public compensation funds.
  • Reporting and prosecuting are essential to sexual assault prevention and the protection of other potential victims by stopping or deterring repeat offenders.
  • Reporting attests to the fact that sexual assault really happens, it is never the survivor's fault, and that the survivor's voice is heard and not silenced.
  • Reporting can help support the case of another survivor who has previously reported a crime committed by the same perpetrator. The information you provide might be just enough evidence to help close another survivor's case and help them get justice.

Victims in Sonoma County who do not wish to contact police or are undecided are strongly encouraged to call and speak with a sexual assault advocate from Verity Rape Crisis Counseling and Support Center as soon as possible. Verity maintains a 24 hour crisis line, (707) 545-7273, and advocates will maintain privacy for the victim, explain options available, and provide resource referrals, and emotional support.

If the crime occurs outside of Sonoma County victims may also call the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, at 1-800-656-HOPE. You will be automatically connected to the closest rape crisis center. Rape crisis centers are on call 24-hours a day waiting to help you.

All faculty and staff, (other than CAPS and Student Health Center professional medical staff) MUST report all incidents of sexual assault that occur on campus, at university sanctioned events, or on any property owned or utilized by SSU, to the Title IX Coordinator/DHR Joyce Suzuki in the Employee Relations and Compliance Office at 707-664-4470.
Persons who believe that they are victims of sexual assault, including witnesses thereto, that do not wish to report the information to SSU Police but wish to report the information to an SSU employee may report and discuss the matter with one of the following University employees:

  • Employee Relations and Compliance Office, Title IX Coordinator/DHR Joyce Suzuki, at 707-664-4470
  • A University Psychologist in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 707-664-2153
  • The Residential Life Coordinator (for on-campus residents) at 707-664-4033
  • Student Health Center Professional Staff (a doctor or nurse) at 707-664-2921

Counseling and referrals through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available to students at no cost. The staff consists of licensed psychologists and doctoral-level interns. CAPS counseling sessions are considered privileged and the holder of the privilege is the client. If a client does not want a police report taken, then CAPS will not talk to Police or make a client file a report. The psychologists do not disclose information to Police without the consent of the client, unless there is an immediate threat to safety.

Medical care and services through the Student Health Center are available for SSU students at no cost/minimal cost and the staff consists of licensed nurses and doctors. While hospital personnel and medical professionals in the Student Health Center are required to notify police whenever they provide treatment for injuries resulting from a violent crime to include sexual assault (CA Penal Code 11166), it does not require that the patient file a police report or proceed with prosecution. Additionally, medical records and your treatment are confidential and will not be released to police without your written consent.

Victim Assistance and Rights

As a victim of any crime, you have the right to be treated with respect, dignity and courtesy, regardless of race, age, lifestyle, or occupation. You also have a right to file a complaint and receive services regardless of the relationship between you and the suspect. You may also have an advocate for support throughout the entire investigative process and will receive explanations about processes, procedures and forms.

When reporting the crime to SSU Police, confidentiality and the protection of the victim's name and any identifying information will remain the highest priority if the victim chooses not to have their name released. A victim's decision to prosecute does not have to be made during the initial report to Police and a victim's decision determines the subsequent police investigation. Police and Verity advocates can answer many of your questions, inform you of your options, advocate for your rights, and connect you to counseling, support resources, and victim funds that are available.

If you choose to report to the police, you will be interviewed at a location of your choice and a Verity advocate and/or friends or family of your choosing will be allowed to accompany you during Police and District Attorney interview’s, forensic exams, and court proceedings. Feel free to ask officers any questions you may have about the investigative process. Police officers may arrest the perpetrator as appropriate to evidence obtained in the investigation and/or forward the case to the District Attorney's office for review and decision on filing of criminal charges against the perpetrator. Depending on the specific circumstances and evidence in the case, the perpetrator may be jailed and/or released on bail if arrested. One of the usual conditions of bail is the perpetrator not make any attempt to contact the victim. Advocates, Police, and the District Attorney's Office can assist you in obtaining a restraining order against the perpetrator if you choose, and you should always contact the police immediately if you feel threatened or are contacted by the perpetrator after the assault.

Medical care and a forensic exam is strongly recommended for all victims of sexual assault even if they do not want to report the crime to police or if they do not think they have any physical injuries resulting from the assault. Medical care will ensure you receive any medical attention needed and all options for medical treatment are explained and a forensic exam collects important evidence that can be stored in the event you wish to report the crime and pursue prosecution in the future. The exam can be conducted without reporting to any law enforcement agency. All forensic exams in Sonoma County are performed by examiners from the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). SSU students can receive medical care and follow-up care at the Student Health Center.

Victims of sexual assault are also strongly encouraged to utilize the Sonoma County Family Justice Center which is a comprehensive resource and advocacy center that empowers victims to live free from violence and abuse by providing comprehensive services centered on and around the victim, though a single point of access. They follow the best practices in the field, have culturally competent services, and build strong interagency collaborations to protect victims, stop violence, and restore hope. Services for sexual assault victims include in-person or over the phone crisis intervention, SART, medical, legal, and law enforcement accompaniments, advocacy through the criminal and civil justice systems, referrals to legal services and counseling /support groups, and long term case management, information and resource referrals.

Support Resources List

The following is a list of some of the law enforcement agencies, SSU departments, and off-campus support services that provide a variety of support options and resources for survivors of sexual assault.

Additional Resources for Victims

Sonoma County Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Sonoma State University Police Department — (707) 664-4444
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department — (707) 565-2511
  • Windsor Police Department ( SCSO contract) — (707) 838-1234
  • Santa Rosa Police Department — (707) 543-3600
  • Petaluma Police Department — (707) 778-4372
  • Sonoma County Probation Department — (707) 565-2149
  • Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety — (707) 584-2612
  • Healdsburg Police Department — (707) 778-4372
  • Cotati Police Department — (707) 792-4612
  • Sonoma Police Department (SCSO contract) — (707) 996-3602
  • Sebastopol Police Department — (707) 829-4400
  • Cloverdale Police Department — (707) 894-2150
On-Campus Support Resources
Community Resources

Legal Options

Any person who has been sexually assaulted has several legal options: criminal prosecution against the assailant; and/or civil prosecution against the assailant; and/or the SSU disciplinary procedure if the assailant is an employee or student.

Criminal Prosecution

Notification or reporting to the police agency having jurisdiction over the location where the crime or attempted crime occurred begins the criminal prosecution. If the crime occurs off campus, SSU Police can facilitate contact with the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or provide information as to how to contact them.

Civil Prosecution

Survivors of sexual assault can consult an attorney about initiating a suit in civil court against their assailant for damages. The purpose of a civil suit is to compensate the survivor for the wrong done to them. A civil action can be brought against the assailant regardless of the decision to criminally prosecute.

SSU Disciplinary Actions

If your assailant was a student, staff, or faculty member of SSU, you are strongly encouraged to notify the Title IX Coordinator/DHR Joyce Suzuki in the Employee Relations and Compliance Office at 707-664-4470. Your report will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. Even if you or criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the University can pursue disciplinary action against your assailant.

In sexual assault cases, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging the sexual assault. After a reported sexual assault incident occurs, the university will also assist the victim in changing academic and on-campus living situations if so requested and if such changes are reasonably available.

California Sexual Offender Registration

Sexual Offender Registration laws require convicted sex offenders to register their status with the SSU police department if they are enrolled, residing, attending, carrying on a vocation (i.e. contractor or vendor on campus for more than 30 days in the year), or working with or without compensation for SSU. SSU Police do not maintain a public database of registrants at SSU.

Public information that is available about sex offenders in California is on the California Department of Justice Megan's law web site. Sex offenders can be queried by name, or by their residence zip code, county, city, or address. Additionally, this site has map lookup to view sex offenders that live within a specified radius of a location, such as within a specific radius around your residence, place of work, or around SSU.

Responsibilities of the University Community for Personal Safety, Theft & Crime Prevention

Members of the SSU Community must take responsibility for their own personal safety and safety of their personal property as they do day to day away from the University. Members of the community are strongly encouraged to:

  • Promptly report all crimes and suspicious persons or activity to SSU Police
  • Always be aware of your personal safety and your surroundings
  • Limit alcohol consumption – know your limits and look out for friends who are exceeding theirs
  • Keep all valuables with you or leave them at home
  • Never leave your property unattended and lock bicycles and doors and windows to your car, office, and residence
  • Before opening your residence door, look through a peep hole or out a window. If you are expecting a maintenance person or a company, look for insignia and ask for identification before letting them inside. If you are unsure or do not know the person call Police and do not open the door.
  • Get to know people and new friends in public places, not your residence. Do not invite people that you do not know into your home or go someplace in their car with them. If you only know their first name or "met them on the Internet" consider them a stranger.
  • Walk on well-traveled pathways and in well-lit and populated areas. Walk with friends or groups when possible
  • Call SSU police for a safety escort if you feel afraid or need to walk in isolated areas or at times when areas are unpopulated or closed.
  • Engrave owner ID numbers onto electronics and items of value and keep a list of serial numbers and description of property and provide it to Police in the event your property is stolen.
  • Always double check your doors and windows to ensure they are completely closed and locked before you go to sleep or leave your room or residence.
  • Use the Internet wisely and never send money or provide personal identifying information, credit card information, or bank information to someone you do not know or to a company or person you did not initiate contact with on your own (i.e. Airlines, Department Stores, Amazon, etc.).

General Bike Theft Prevention Measures:

  • Use a combo or flat key U-lock. Most cable locks can and are easily cut.
  • For extra theft prevention use a U-lock and cable lock together especially to lock front and back wheels.
  • All bikes are prone to theft but the newer and more expensive a bike, the more of a target it will be.
  • Always lock your bike when left outside, even if you are going to run into a building for only a few seconds.
  • Store your bike in your locked residence or garage whenever possible.
  • Lock your bike properly to a bike rack in a high visible/high traffic area. Thieves prefer secluded areas.
  • Make sure to put your lock through a closed part of your bike frame. Wheels can easily be taken off a bike.
  • Lock your wheels as well as your frame. It is harder to take a back wheel off so if you can only lock one wheel, make it your front wheel.
  • Avoid leaving your bike locked outside for extended periods of time when you are not using it regularly or when away on vacation.

Personal Safety & Crime Prevention

SSU provides comprehensive outreach and program efforts that include providing written information, interactive programs, and presenting instruction for numerous topics around crime prevention, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault and personal and property safety. Highlights and descriptions of programs and services that were offered in 2012 include:

Fall Semester:

  • “eCHECKUPTOGO” 2400 SSU students completed an online Alcohol Education program, of that approximately 1,701 of 1,760 freshman completed the course.
  • Moving in, theft prevention- Police Services present to about 150 new residents various tips and suggestions on how to reduce the odds of being a victim of theft.
  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week – About 385 students attended activities to include  "The Wall" which shared stories about how alcohol use/abuse/misuse has affected lives of students and those they love and "The Great Drinking Age Debate – To Be or Not to Be" discussion on whether the drinking age should be changed.
  • Arrive Alive Campaign – Provided campus wide education, campus facility improvements, outreach, and enforcement for bicycle, skateboard, and pedestrian safety throughout the University to include information in the STAR Newspaper.
  • “Drunk Texts from Last Night” Residential program sharing facts with approximately 15 residents about decision making and alcohol use prior to the Labor Day weekend Holiday.
  • “The Pledge” – Save a Seawolf vouchers were given to 250 students who signed a pledge to not drink irresponsibly.  CSA’s held discussions regarding the risks and responsibilities of using alcohol in the Residential Community.
  • Police Services discussed signs, symptoms, prevention and statistics regarding alcohol and drug use with about 50 members of the TKE (Greek) community.
  • “Greek Men’s New Member Summit” Educational program to the new fraternity men focusing on responsible alcohol use.
  • “Panhellenic Women’s Wellness Retreat”- Educational programs to the sorority women focusing on healthy relationships, self-defense, sexual assault and responsible alcohol use.
  • “Golfing under the Influence” –47 students wore the drunk goggles to learn the effects of alcohol on motor related tasks.
  • The Student Health Center co-presents Alcohol Awareness week activities, informing students of drinking penalties, the effects on health and relationships and the available campus resources.
  • Mystery Mocktails – About 15 attended and were provided with non-alcoholic drinks and shown alternatives to alcohol for Halloween parties and discussed what to do when friends may be drinking or experience alcohol poisoning.
  • “Let’s talk about Sex”  –  Student Health Center and CSA’s co-present comprehensive information and interactive exercises in the residential community about condom and contraceptive usage, alcohol and drugs in decision making about sexual interactions, and communication and interpretation of sexual needs or disinterest to prevent unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault.
  • “Field Sobriety Test”- Police Services and Residential Life co-presentation to educate the Residential Community about the risks of drunk driving and dispel myths .
  • Alcohol and Drug Games- including Twister, Jeopardy and Bingo – About 17 attended and discussed the SSU policies and the effects of alcohol and drugs and how to make safe and sound decisions.
  • University 102 classes are taught with quizzes, interactive exercises, and information about ways to maintain good health to include effects of tobacco, drugs and alcohol, relationship stress, diet, and good hygiene.
  • “I just got too drunk” discussed the dangers of binge drinking and the role peer pressure can play to about 16 students in the Residential Community.
  • Sexual Health and Responsibility Week – Provided safe sex education and sexual assault prevention and drug and alcohol prevention materials, outreach, and activities that educate and promote responsible decision making around sexual health. Vagina Monologues was presented by SSU students speaking to positive body image and inspiring women to embody their individuality and be proud of themselves and the body they were born with.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Provided information about breast cancer and how alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.
  • "Great American Smoke-out campaign – Provided prevention resources and outreach regarding tobacco, chew, and marijuana use to include the Student Health Center providing "Tobacco Quit Kits"
  • Domestic Violence and Awareness Month – Programs Included the Clothesline Project – where students and employees went through the in Salazar Quad and viewed t-shirts with individual messages around awareness of Domestic Violence
  • World AIDS Day – Associated Students, the Student health Center, and the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC) promote events around HIV awareness, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and sexual health and sexual assault prevention and provide free HIV testing.

Spring Semester:

  • Take Back the Night – About 100 students attended and received sexual assault awareness and prevention information, told personal stories of how sexual assault has touched their lives, and completed a candlelight walk through the university
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Tabling, education materials, and presentations were offered throughout the month to bring awareness and educate students and employees about prevention of sexual assault to include date rape and resources for victims of sexual assault on and off campus.
  • “Sex in the Dark” -45 SSU freshman were presented with the “hallmarks of a safe relationship” by way of discussing STD’s alcohol/drugs effects on decision making, consent and acquaintance rape prevention , safer sex, contraception options and sexual assault prevention and resources.
  • Safe Medicine Round-Up – A program through the Student Health Center to provide information about prescription and over the counter drugs to include side effects, allergic reactions, addictions, adverse interactions with other drugs and alcohol, proper dosage, self-treatment, and hazards of taking leftover, outdated, or others prescribed medications. The week also included a safe medication disposal program.
  • Bike and Pedestrian Safety – Several presentations throughout 2012 regarding bike and pedestrian safety information and bike theft prevention information
  • Distracted Driving Prevention – Police Services reached about 200 SSU community members by providing campus-wide information through tabling, posters, and interviews with the STAR Newspaper regarding the dangers of distracted driving and texting while driving.
  • Personal Safety and Crime Prevention Tabling – Tabled and walked throughout the main quad and Residential community and provided information and literature regarding personal safety and crime prevention
  • Condom Valentines and Sexual Responsibility – A program offered by the Student Health Advisory Committee that provided condom and candy roses in the main quads on campus that included information about safe sex, sexual assault, alcohol and other drugs that influence sexual behaviors and safe relationships. Approximately 60 students took part in this program.
  • Women and Girls HIV Awareness Month – Red gift bags with HIV information, feminine hygiene products, condoms, sexual assault prevention and safe sex information were provided to students throughout the month of March.
  • Senior Send Off – Celebrates graduating seniors at a campus-wide afternoon event that includes sun safety, alcohol abuse prevention, and safe sex information.
  • Safe Spring Break Campaign – Included interactive programs and games, movies, guest speakers, bookmarks, condoms, and prevention materials about alcohol, sexual health, and sexual assault that encourage healthy, safe and smart activity choices during Spring Break.
  • Tobacco Waste and Toxin Disposal campaign – In conjunction with Earth Day (April 23) the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provided tobacco awareness materials, interactive games, and cigarette butt clean-up to enhance education about both negative personal health and environmental effects of tobacco use.
  • Meeting with our “future students”-Police Services provided several presentations to various children’s groups on campus with the ages ranging from 2-18 years.  Topics included stranger danger, fire safety, juvenile law and courts, bicycles and traffic safety.  The campus high school supported bicycle registration and theft prevention efforts.

Summer and On-going 2013:

  • Health and Safety Panel Presentations at all new student/parent orientation sessions to include information regarding crime prevention, personal and property safety, Identity theft prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention.
  • Emergency Preparedness training presentations at new employee orientations to include National Incident Management and Standardized Emergency Management Systems training, University emergency preparedness plan, and emergency worker responsibilities.
  • Emergency Evacuation Drills – Provide evacuation drills in Residential Halls and university buildings to practice routes and safe evacuations.
  • Personal Safety and Crime Prevention training for in-coming Residential Life staff.
  • Comprehensive crime prevention, personal safety, bicycle safety and pedestrian safety information and referral information on the SSU Police website
  • Personal Safety and Emergency Preparedness presentations at University 102 classes
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness presentations in the residential community to include underage drinking prevention, DUI prevention, "Mocktail and "water-pong" alcohol education and prevention activities.
  • Intake questionnaire at patient visits to the Student Health Center – Confidentially collects information regarding use, frequency, and quantity of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and other substance use/abuse. Patients are given both written and verbal education and prevention information and materials by licensed medical clinicians to include resources, referrals, and/or return visits to assist with quitting or reducing unhealthy or dangerous behavior.
  • Campus-wide activities promoting alcohol and drug awareness, crime prevention, and health and safety topics to include sexual assault, ID theft, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and personal safety.
  • Bike Abatement Theft Prevention Program – Summer months and periodically throughout the year locate and remove abandoned or unlocked bicycles to prevent bicycle theft.
  • Crime prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, sexual assault prevention, hate crimes prevention, and personal safety topics to individual university departments and areas when requested
  • Emergency Preparedness presentations and information, to include the "Shots Fired" safety information video link on the SSU Police website
  • Blue Light Emergency Phone program provides visible emergency phones throughout the campus and residential community that connect directly to Police
  • Safety Escorts to and from campus buildings, parking lots, and residence halls
  • Bicycle Engraving and Property ID which includes the ability to check out engravers at SSU Police to engrave personal property of value such as laptops and other electronics.
  • Defensive Driving Course facilitation (for campus personnel) that cover safe driving practices, legal requirements, and best practices
  • Conduct lighting surveys and recommend improvements to Facilities Management

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Sonoma State University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the university community. Alcohol and other drugs should not interfere with the University's educational mission. All SSU students, faculty members, and staff are subject to local state and federal laws regarding the unlawful possession, distribution, or use of alcohol and illegal drugs. Violators are subject to University discipline, criminal prosecution and/or removal from University housing. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illegal drugs on the University campus or at any University-sponsored event off-campus is also prohibited. A complete description of these regulations is contained in the Drug Free Workplace and Violence Free Workplace policies. A complete description of these regulations is contained in the Drug Free Workplace and Violence Free Workplace policies. Both policies are available at , Employee Services, and the Office of the Chief Student Affairs Officer.

SSU Police strictly enforce Federal and State laws, as well as the University's zero-tolerance policy, for underage drinking and the use and sale of illegal drugs. No one may use illegal substances, or abuse legal substances, including alcohol. Students engaging in the sale of illegal drugs may be arrested and face university discipline, up to and including expulsion. Students found in violation of University alcohol, drug and weapons policies may also be subject to arrest and are subject to academic probation, suspension or expulsion. Parents or guardians may be notified by the Office of Judicial Affairs about any university disciplinary violation involving alcohol or a controlled substance that has been committed by a student who is under the age of 21.

Employees in violation of the university alcohol and drug policies may be subject to arrest, corrective action, dismissal or be required to participate fully in an approved counseling or rehabilitation program. Applicable legal sanctions under federal, state and local statutes for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol range from probation, diversion, imprisonment in the county jail, to imprisonment in State Prison. A police officer can confiscate the driver license from any person suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, who refuses to take a blood alcohol test.

The use of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with California State Law and is strictly limited to persons 21 years of age or older. The possession, transportation, and consumption of alcoholic beverages by individuals younger than 21 years of age are strictly prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed in public areas and must be concealed and not in plain view when transported by persons over the age of 21 in the Residential Community. Housing policies prohibit residents in the University Residential Community under the age of 21 to host guests or residents of any age in their room or apartment who are in possession of alcohol. Only beer and wine may be consumed in the residence halls by residents over the age of 21. Distilled liquor is not allowed. Sonoma State University provides useful and informative prevention education programs throughout the year. SSU Police enforce violations proactively through education and community contacts. Officers and Residential Life staff regularly make residents aware of the policies regarding drug/alcohol use and abuse as well as personal safety and crime prevention information. Drug and alcohol prevention presentations and information are provided throughout the year at orientations, various University 102 classes, upon request for departments and areas, and in conjunction with sponsored campus activities (Please also see crime prevention and personal safety section).

A variety of university departments sponsor workshops and lectures on alcohol and drug related issues. These programs are primarily available through Associated Students, Campus Life, Office of Chief  Student Affairs Officer, Police (707) 664-4444, Residential Life Office (707-664-4033), Student Health Services (707-664-2921), and the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office (707-664-2153) CAPS also offers on-line screenings and information for drug and alcohol prevention that students, staff, or faculty may access from the comfort of their own office, residence, or from any computer.

Avoid the 13 Campaign

SSU Police participated throughout the 2012 year with all other law enforcement agencies in the Sonoma County in the "Avoid the 13" grant campaign. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Avoid the 13 is a collaborative enforcement and education effort between the 13 law enforcement agencies in Sonoma County. The Petaluma Police Department serves as the lead agency for the regional DUI enforcement efforts in Sonoma County to reduce alcohol-involved fatalities and injuries and raise general public awareness regarding the problems associated with drinking and driving. Participating agencies include police departments from the cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Windsor, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, Sonoma State University Police Department, Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol. AVOID the 13 has established working partnerships with the Sonoma County Probation Department, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Grant funded activities include DUI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, DUI task-force operations, and warrant/court sting operations for repeat DUI offenders during the Memorial Day, Fourth of July, August-Labor Day mobilization period, Winter Holiday mobilization period, and other designated special events and holidays with identified DUI problems.

Firearms and Dangerous Weapons

Firearms and other dangerous weapons of any kind are not permitted on campus or in the residential community. Faculty, students, employees and visitors are strictly prohibited by State law from intentional use, possession, or sale of firearms or any other dangerous weapon or explosives, or any item presented to be construed as such, on campus or any property owned by the University or under the University's control. This prohibition applies to any individual regardless of whether a federal or state license has been issued, other than sworn law enforcement officers engaged in official duties.

Sonoma State University Completion Rates

The Sonoma State University one year retention rate for first-time, full-time students who entered the University in the Fall 2011 with the goal of a degree is 79%. The 6 year completion rate of 55% was based on the 2006 cohort as per Jeanne Clery Act regulations. The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate.

More information can be found on the Office of Institutional Research web site or contact the Office of the Provost, Office of Institutional Research in Stevenson Hall, Room 1041 at 707-664-2102.