Report A Crime

If you are the victim of or witness to a crime, you have the responsibility to report it immediately to the police.

Prompt reporting of any suspicious activity to the Police Department can help us prevent further crimes, apprehend the suspects and provide accurate data for federally mandated statistical reporting. Most importantly, prompt reporting will help the Police Department maintain a safe and secure campus environment for all of us.

Whenever possible, the actual victim or witness should contact the UCSF Police Department directly. First hand information is always more accurate and complete. 

Campus Security Authorities should refer to the link for more information on how to report a Clery Act crime.

In an Emergency

  • Dial 911 from any campus telephone to report all emergencies related to police, fire, chemical spills or medical assistance. The public safety dispatcher receives information on a computer screen, identifying the location where the call originated.
  • Dial 415/476-6911 from any cellular or non-campus phone. Otherwise, dial 911 and the call will be routed to the appropriate jurisdiction.
  • Emergency Blue Light Phones: Emergency phones which dial directly to the UCSF Police Department are located in public areas throughout the Mission Bay Campus.

What to Say

When calling to report a crime or incident, be ready with the following information:

  • Your name, your location, the phone number you are calling from.
  • A brief description of what occurred.
  • Where and when did the incident occur?
  • Is anyone in need of medical assistance?
  • Is anyone in danger now?
  • How many suspects are involved?
  • Please describe the suspect vehicle and license plate if known.
  • Did the suspect have a weapon? If so, what type of weapon?
  • Where and when was the suspect last seen?
  • What did the suspect look like (gender, race, age, height, weight, hair color and length, clothing, facial hair, tattoos or scars)?
  • Where should the police go to meet you or to respond to this incident?
  • Be sure to include any other relevant information.


For non-emergency assistance or for general inquiries:

  • ​Dial 6-1414 if on campus.
  • Dial 415/476-1414 if off campus.

Reporting an Incident

  • Non-emergency crime victims should call the non-emergency line, 415/476-1414, to report the crime. A police officer will take a written report and conduct a thorough preliminary investigation. A follow-up contact by the UCSF Police will be made within three business days.
  • In the event of an emergency, you should immediately telephone the UCSF Police Department by dialing 911 from any campus telephone or dial 415/476-6911 from any payphone or cellular phone.
  • The University has installed emergency duress buttons in campus parking structures and in open parking lots. Upon activation of an alarm, police officers will be dispatched immediately to the location of the incident.

***Online Reporting System Discontinued***

As of April 13, 2018, the UCSF Police Online Police Reporting System is no longer offered as a service. To report a crime, please contact the UCSF Police Department at 415/476-6911 in an emergency and 415/476-1414 for all non-emergencies. 

Reporting a Sexual Assault

Victims of sexual assault are legally entitled to withhold their identifying information from public release. They are also not required to make a police report, but it is encouraged. 

Confidential counseling is available through the UCSF Confidential CARE AdvocateStudent Health Services, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and/or other community resources. The rights, options and resources available to victims of sexual assault and sexual violence is available here.