The UC Community Safety Plan, released earlier in 2021, promotes transparency and continuous improvement through data along with accountability and independent oversight. The information presented below is produced by the UCSF Police Department to comply with required actions under the Plan. Look for more information to be added to this space in the coming months.
UC Community Safety Plan Action Documents
* RIPA data collection and submission per the California Department of Justice did not begin until July 1, 2021.
UC Community Safety Plan Explained
Across the nation, communities are grappling with the hard truth that systems of policing and law enforcement have not safeguarded people equally. Too often, the same systems charged with providing protection have become a source of great distrust and fear. This plan to re-envision safety at the University of California starts by acknowledging that reality.
Students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors must be secure on our campuses and confident that the University is a supportive environment that is responsive to their needs. The Community Safety Plan creates a structure for achieving that goal. It calls for transforming UC’s culture, policies and practices to ensure that all members of the community feel welcomed, respected and protected from harm.
Successful implementation of this plan is a top priority for the University — one that reflects UC’s values and its commitment to equity and social justice. The plan emerged from robust discussions that began months ago, with Chancellors forming campus-based safety task forces to engage their communities in re-envisioning campus safety and policing. Two separate systemwide Presidential Symposia in early 2021 provided further dialogue about the best path forward. These efforts, in addition to input from stakeholders across the UC system and external experts, informed the plan’s key guidelines:
Community and Service-Driven Safety
Campus safety policies and practices must reflect the needs and values of our diverse community and be in service to them. This fundamental idea is reflected throughout the plan.
A Holistic, Inclusive and Tiered Response Model for Safety Services
Safety will be defined in its broadest terms, and include mental health, wellness, basic needs and bias/hate response as well as other services. Multidisciplinary teams will triage behavioral health crises, conduct wellness checks and safely connect individuals to coordinated care, including health and social support resources.
Transparency and Continuous Improvement Through Data
Campuses will collect and publicly share uniform campus safety data on a UC-wide dashboard to empower the UC community and inform change.
Accountability and Independent Oversight
Independent police accountability boards, comprised of a broad cross-section of the UC community, will provide a robust complaint and investigation process to ensure that officers are acting consistently with rules, policies and the law.
It’s important to acknowledge this plan marks the beginning of our collective efforts to achieve a new vision of campus safety. Given the complexities involved, this plan should be viewed as a living document that will be refined based on community feedback and empirical data. It is not the end point for achieving a new vision of campus safety. This starts the next phase of our collective efforts, and everyone has a role to play.