Safety Alerts

Emergency Services

  • 9-1-1 campus phones
  • Bluelight or Elevator phones
  • 408-924-2222 cell phones

Non-Emergency Services

Anonymous Reporting

Anyone who may have witnessed any of the following incidents or may have any information regarding these cases is asked to contact UPD.

UPD reminds members of the campus community to avoid walking alone at night and to report all suspicious activity to the police. Community members can request an Evening Guide Escort by calling UPD at 408-924-2222 or by using a campus Bluelight phone.

For more safety tips, see Emergency Preparedness & Crime Prevention.

On Campus: Arson

Date: 05/17/2016, Case#:16-1112, Author ID: G5739

On 05/17/2016, between 1:00 AM and 3:56 AM, seven small fires were started within Campus Village B. The seven fires were located on the 7th floor stairwell, 9th floor, by the 14th floor south elevator and the 15th floor stairwell. The seven fires extinguished themselves and no one was injured. San Jose Fire Department cleared the building and allowed it to be reoccupied. There are no known suspects or witnesses at this time. University Police Department is investigating.

On Campus: Sexual Battery

Date: 05/13/2016, Case#: 16-1083, Author ID: 

On Friday, May 13, 2016, an on campus sexual battery was reported to the University Police Department.   The victim reported she left a party with her friend and the suspect, (a male acquaintance).  While walking home the suspect repeatedly touched the victim several times inappropriately.

If anyone heard or saw any part of this incident or may have further information please contact the University Police Department at 408 924-2222 or the anonymous tip line (408) 337-2919 or

We emphasize that no victim is ever responsible for being assaulted. The only individual with the ability to prevent violence is the potential offender.  To prevent sexual assault/violence, please keep these the following mind:
•       Unless you have affirmative and enthusiastic consent from your partner, do not engage in sexual activity or contact.
•       If your partner is incapacitated, asleep, unconscious or otherwise not in a position to give consent freely and without fear for their safety or of retaliation, then you do not have consent.
•       Failure to say "no" or lack of protest or resistance does not constitute consent.
•       If you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, your ability to assess whether your partners has given consent is greatly diminished; as such, initiating sexual activity while you are intoxicated or high is discouraged.
Members of the campus community who are concerned about their safety may adopt risk-reduction measures, keeping in mind that these measures may not prevent violence; further, failure to follow these guidelines does not mean at all that violence against you is justified or warranted:
•       Be aware and mindful of your surroundings at all times; pay attention to people and activities around you.
•       Recognize that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger or threats.
•       Choose busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas, alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and construction sites.
•       Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in any situation, leave and get to a safe place right away.  Keep in mind that college students are most likely to be victimized by an individual known to them!
•       Consider using Rave Guardian to help maintain communications with friends, family, colleagues and others.  The App, Rave Guardian, is available for free on the App store.
The UPD encourages students, staff and faculty to utilize the free safety escort program as part of a personal safety management plan.  Call (408) 924-2000 to arrange for an escort.  Safety escorts can be arranged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Spartan Safe Ride Program extends the escort distance beyond the two blocks to Interstate 280 to the south, Julian Street to the north, First Street to the west and Sixteenth Street to the east. The Safe Ride Program is available Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Off Campus: Sexual Battery

Date: 12/01/2015, Case#: 15-2641, Author ID: LEE

On Tuesday, 12/01/2015 at approximately 10:00am, a victim was walking on E. San Fernando Street near S. 7th Street when she felt someone grab her buttocks. When the victim turned around, she noticed a black male adult, in his late 20's, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short black hair, wearing a black sweater and black pants. The suspect did not say anything to the victim. When other people came to assist the victim, the suspect fled northbound on S. 7th Street away from campus.