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.

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

Need a ride across campus? Mustang Shuttle runs seven days a week and starts a loop through campus every 10 minutes, making seven stops. The shuttle starts at 7 p.m. The last pickup leaves the library at 11:40 p.m. before making all seven stops by midnight. Mustang Shuttle is free for the Cal Poly community and ADA-friendly.

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 SLO Safe Ride.

Google Interactive Map with Shuttle locations.

Mustang Shuttle Stops

Mustang Shuttle follows a scheduled loop through campus
Location The shuttle starts a loop at 7 p.m
Kennedy Library Pickup and Drop-off
Foxen (Poly Canyon Village) Drop-off Only
Aliso (Poly Canyon Village) Pickup and Drop-off
San Luis (Cerro Vista) Pickup and Drop-off
Islay (Cerro Vista) Drop-off Only
University Union Pickup and Drop-off
Performing Arts Center 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.