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Safety Programs

Improving Personal Safety

Historically, the Cal Poly campus and the City of San Luis Obispo have been safe environments for the campus community. However, incidents affecting personal safety do occur.

The University Police Department recommends visiting the Crime Prevention webpage for personal tips, theft & crime prevention information.

Safety App - Rave Guardian

Your up before the cows safety companion - Rave GuardianActive members of the Cal Poly community can download the free Rave Guardian safety app and turn their smartphone into a personal safety device. Rave Guardian offers Cal Poly users a single safety app that can send anonymous tips, set a safety timer for self-guided on-campus safety walks, text Mustang Patrol directly for safety walks, connect to 24-hour police or support services, and easy emergency communication directly with Cal Poly Police Department (CPPD).

Find out more at Cal Poly Police Safety Programs

PolyAlert Campus Emergency Notification System

PolyAlert is Cal Poly’s Emergency Notification System, and the primary tool for delivering critical emergency information to help ensure the safety of our community. PolyAlert can distribute emergency notifications through email, SMS text, and voice. Cal Poly email addresses are automatically enrolled in the PolyAlert system, but we highly encourage anyone with a Cal Poly Portal account to register their cell phone number to receive emergency alerts via text message, as this will allow community members to rapidly receive any emergency information. Cal Poly students, faculty, staff, and auxiliary employees may register up to two phone numbers with the system on the “Personal Info” tab on your Portal Page.

Mustang Shuttle

As of Fall 2022 Mustang Shuttle will run both day and nighttime service. Mustang Shuttle is free for the Cal Poly community and ADA friendly.

Catching a ride on the shuttle is even easier with the Mustang Shuttle app that allows users to track the location of the shuttles and see accurate arrival times.

Riders must show their Cal Poly ID when boarding. Mustang Shuttle does not run during academic holidays or breaks. Mustang Shuttle is a program in partnership with ASI, Housing, TAPS and powered by SLO Safe Ride.

Daytime Shuttle Stops

Daytime Mustang Shuttle - Monday-Friday 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The daytime Mustang Shuttle will run five (5) days a week and starts a loop through campus every 30-45 minutes making six stops. The last pickup leaving Kennedy Library at approximately 5:10 p.m. before making all six stops by 6:00 p.m..

Daytime Mustang Shuttle follows a scheduled loop through campus
Stop Location The shuttle starts a loop at 7:00 a.m.
1. Kennedy Library Pickup and Drop-off
2. Dairy Science Pickup and Drop-off
3. Poultry Science Pickup and Drop-off
4. Rose Float/Wine and Viticulture Unit Pickup and Drop-off
5. Poly Canyon Village at Vista Caballo B Pickup and Drop-off
6. Performing Arts Center Pickup and Drop-off

Nighttime Shuttle Stops

Nighttime Mustang Shuttle – Seven days a week Fall Quarter 6 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Mustang Shuttle runs seven days a week and starts a loop through campus every 10 minutes, (service between 9-10 p.m. is every 20 minutes) making nine stops. As of Sunday 11/6 the shuttle starts at 6:00 p.m. with the last pickup leaving Rec Center at 12:10 a.m. before making all nine stops by 12:30 a.m.

Nighttime Mustang Shuttle follows a scheduled loop through campus
Stop Location The shuttle starts a loop at 7:00 p.m.
1. Recreation Center Pickup and Drop-Off
2. Kennedy Library Pickup and Drop-off
3. Poly Canyon Village at Foxen Drop-off Only
4. Poly Canyon Village at Vista Caballo B Pickup and Drop-off
5. Cerro Vista at San Luis Pickup and Drop-off
6. Cerro Vista at Hollister B Drop-off Only
7. University Union (corner of South Perimeter Road and Grand Avenue) Pickup and Drop-off
8. Performing Arts Center Pickup and Drop-off
9. Kennedy Library at North Perimeter Rd. Bus Stop Pickup and Drop-off

Mustang Patrol

Student being walked around on campus

On campus late? Students, faculty and staff can call Cal Poly Police and request Mustang Patrol meet and walk with you to any on-campus destination or your vehicle parked un a campus lot.

Mustang Patrol Hours of Operation

  • Sunday-Thursday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Call Cal Poly Police Dispatch at 805-756-2281 to request a safety walk

Property Registration

Cal Poly Police Department offers a Bicycle & Property registration program. Please follow the link or call 805-756-6654 for more information.