Crime Prevention

Annual Security Report

Public Safety publishes this Annual Security Report by October 1. This Report contains statistics from the three most recent calendar years for crimes reported on campus, in residence halls, in non-campus buildings or property, and on USF additional campuses and additional locations, as well as on public property and thoroughfares adjacent to the Hilltop Campus. It also includes statistics for referrals for University disciplinary action for alcohol abuse law violations, drug abuse law violations and weapons law violations. These statistics are obtained from the following sources: Public Safety records; local law enforcement agencies within whose jurisdiction the reporting area lies; the Student Housing and Residential Education; Office of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities; Student Life staff; and Campus Security Authorities who have a significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Community Right to Know

In an effort to prevent crime and increase safety on campus, information regarding major incidents may be forwarded to certain University offices, including the Office of Marketing Communications and the Foghorn (the campus student newspaper). Electronic correspondence (MyUSF Messages, emails are posted to the Public Safety website at https://myusf.usfca.edu/public-safety-transportation/annual-clery-report/timely-warnings-crime-bulletin) is used to inform the community of such incidents as well. Additionally, the Public Safety Daily Crime and Fire Log is maintained at the Public Safety administrative office, located in University Center, 5th Floor and the Public Safety website at http://myusf.usfca.edu/student-health-safety/transportation-public-safety/daily-crime-fire-log. The Daily Crime and Fire Log contains information about crimes and suspicious occurrences reported to Public Safety over one calendar year. The Daily Crime and Fire Log states the location, date, time, description and disposition of the incident, and it is updated every two business days.

Safety Tips

We encourage your participation in preventing crime on the USF campus. The following precautions provide guidance.

  • Report all suspicious activity to Public Safety immediately.
  • Program the main Public Safety emergency phone number into your cell phone: (415) 422-2911.
  • Try to avoid walking alone at night, travel with friends, or use the Public Safety Night Safety Program when appropriate.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Watch the cars and people around you.
  • Carry your keys and One Card at all times and do not lend them to anyone.
  • Keep your residence hall room door closed, and keep windows closed and locked when you are not at home.
  • Do not prop doors open to residence halls or other protected locations.
  • Lock up bicycles and motorcycles. Lock car doors and close windows when leaving your car.
  • Never leave valuables unattended or in your car.
  • Engrave serial numbers or owner’s recognized numbers, such as a driver’s license number, on items of value.
  • Inventory your personal property and insure it appropriately with personal insurance coverage.

Crime Prevention Workshops

The University of San Francisco offers many programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices. A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and for the security of others on campus. Crime Prevention Programs on personal safety and security are sponsored throughout the year by various University departments, including Public Safety, Koret Health and Recreation Center, Human Resources, Student Housing and Residential Education, Counseling and Psychology Services, Health Promotion Services, Gender and Sexuality Center, and the Office of Student Conduct Rights and Responsibilities. Topics include personal safety and crime prevention, sexual assault awareness, alcohol and drug awareness, self-defense, and fire safety and prevention.

Crime Prevention and personal safety workshops are offered at least three times a semester (during fall and spring), and presentations frequently involve experts from public and private organizations. Additionally, new employee orientation includes the distribution of crime prevention and fire safety materials to all new employees.

For more information about crime prevention presentations or to schedule a program, please contact the following offices:

Counseling and Psychological Services
(415) 422-6352
https://myusf.usfca.edu/caps

Gender and Sexuality Center
(415) 422-4431
https://myusf.usfca.edu/cultural-centers/gender-sexuality-center

Health Promotion Services
(415) 422-5797
https://myusf.usfca.edu/hps

Human Resources
(415) 422-6707
https://myusf.usfca.edu/human-resources

Koret Health and Recreation Center
(415) 422-6821
https://www.usfca.edu/koret

Public Safety
(415) 422-4222
https://www.usfca.edu/public-safety

Student Housing and Residential Education
(415) 422-6824
https://www.usfca.edu/housing

Think About It

The University of San Francisco has been at the forefront of efforts to address sexual violence and drug and alcohol use on college campuses. In order to create a culture of campus safety, staff throughout the Division of Student Life collaborated with an online educational provider CampusClarity to develop “Think About It,” an online interactive substance abuse and sexual violence prevention program. Now used in over 185 colleges and Universities throughout the United States, the program helps to fulfill educational mandates in compliance with Title IX, Drug-Free Schools, and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

In order to maintain a socially responsible learning community, USF requires all first-year and transfer undergraduate and graduate students to complete the Think About It course before arriving on campus. Think About It is a research-based, online training program that empowers incoming students to make healthy choices and to minimize risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and sexual violence.

Transportation and Safety Escort Services

Night Safety Program

The Night Safety Program is a Public Safety shuttle, co-sponsored by ASUSF Senate, which provides USF community members with the option of a ride to and from locations within a six-block radius of the Hilltop Campus. During the academic school year, the service operates during the following hours:

Sunday – Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.


Rides can be requested by calling Public Safety Dispatch at (415) 422-4201. To find out the borders that the Shuttle will drive and for any additional information, please visit https://myusf.usfca.edu/public-safety-transportation/usf-shuttle-services.

If at any time, students or employees feel unsafe walking to or from campus, Public Safety Officers are also available to escort them by foot, by bicycle, or by motorcycle.

Bicycle Safety

Each year hundreds of bicycles are stolen on campus and in the city of San Francisco. Most thefts can be prevented by properly securing the bicycle with an adequate lock to an approved, fixed object.

  • Always lock your bike, even if you’re leaving it for “just a minute.”
  • Whenever possible, always lock your bike to a fixed, but legal, device such as a bike rack or pod.
  • Lock your bike in a highly visible, well-lit location.
  • U-shaped high security locks are among the most theft-resistant locks available.
  • Quick-release wheels and seats can be secured with a cable and/or chain. Consider installing locking hubs on your wheels or other security devices available at bike shops.