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Incident Reporting

Crimes, Suspicious Activity and other Safety-Related Incidents

All students, faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers, and visitors of the University of San Diego should and are strongly encouraged to report all crimes, suspicious activity, and safety-related incidents in a timely manner. The timely reporting of information promotes the safety and security of the campus community.

Anonymous Reporting

Hate Crimes and Acts of Intolerance

Campus Assault Resources and Education - C.A.R.E.

Incidents that Occur On-Campus or in Off-Campus Property or Buildings 

Crimes, suspicious activity, or safety-related incidents that occur on campus or in any off-campus USD building or property should be reported to the Department of Public Safety as follows: 

  • In person in the Hughes Administration Building, Room 150
  • By calling the Department of Public Safety at (619)260-7777
  • By using any blue light phone located throughout the University of San Diego campus. Click here for a map of the blue light phone locations.

To facilitate the reporting of crimes under the Clery Act, certain individuals are identified as campus security authorities. Those individuals are required to report allegations of Clery crimes to the Department of Public Safety.  For a description of the University’s campus security authorities, please see the University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Incidents that Occur Off-Campus in Non-Campus Property or Buildings

Crimes, suspicious activity, or safety-related incidents that occur off-campus in a non-campus building or property should be reported to the San Diego Police Department as follows:

  • By calling 911 in the case of an emergency
  • By calling (619) 531-2000 in the case of a non-emergency

When Reporting

When you report a crime, suspicous activity or safety-related incident:

  • Remain calm
  • Identify yourself and your location to the dispatcher.
  • Report any and all details of the incident.
  • Describe the suspect’s appearance, clothing, height, weight, coloring, scars, tattoos, or other noticeable features.
  • Identify the location of the incident.
  • Describe the suspect’s vehicle, license plate number, and direction of travel.
  • Stay on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you it is okay to hang up.

When a crime, suspicious activity, or a safety-related incident is reported, the Department of Public Safety will dispatch an officer to the appropriate location to conduct a preliminary investigation.  When appropriate, the Department of Public Safety will investigate the matter further or will forward the report to the San Diego Police Department for follow-up.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

All members of the University of San Diego community should and are encouraged to promptly report incidents of actual or suspected child abuse or neglect.  Under California law, certain individuals are mandated to report incidents of child abuse and neglect.  Information about California’s laws on the reporting of child abuse and neglect can be found here

If you witness, learn of, or have reason to suspect the existence of any incident of child abuse or neglect on-campus, in any off-campus USD buildings or property, or in connection with any University-related activities, you must take the following steps:

  • Immediately contact the Department of Public Safety at (619) 260-7777, whether or not you are a mandated reporter under California law. 
  • If you are mandated reporter under California law, you must immediately report what you know by contacting the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services by telephone at (800) 344-6000. You also must, within 36 hours, submit a written report to the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services in the manner proscribed by the State of California Department of Justice.  You may access the reporting form here.  The Department of Public Safety is available to assist you in making the telephonic and/or written reports.

Voluntary Confidential and Anonymous Reporting

On occasion, a victim wishes to report a crime but does not want to give his or her name and/or pursue action through the criminal justice or University judicial systems.  As allowed by the Clery Act, pastoral and professional counselors who receive confidential reports are not required to report these crimes to the Department of Public Safety for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics or for the purpose of a timely warning. Please see the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for descriptions of these positions.

Certain other University departments may accept confidential reports from a victim. The Clery Act, however, requires these departments to report the crime to the Department of Public Safety. This reporting allows the University to maintain accurate records on the number of incidents, determine if there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant, and alert the campus community of an ongoing threat if needed. The Department of Public Safety will investigate crime that is reported to it.

Individuals may also report incidents or information anonymously at the Department of Public Safety website through the Anonymous Reporting form [Anonymous Reporting]. The Anonymous Report form is also designed to provide the DPS with crime tips, along with reports in which complete anonymity is desired.