9-1-1 Education & Awareness
California Law Bans Carrying Concealed Weapons on Campus
On October I 0, 2015 Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 707 amending The California Penal Code§ 626.9, which prohibits, with certain exceptions, the possession off firearms on the CSU campuses. California Penal Code §626.9, known as the "Gun-Free School Zone Act," imposes criminal penalties on individuals who bring firearms on school grounds, including higher education institutions. Section 626.9(i) provides that:
Any person who brings or possesses a firearm upon the grounds of a campus of, or buildings owned or operated for student housing, teaching, research, or administration by, a public or private university or college, that are contiguous or are clearly marked university property, unless it is with the written permission of the university or college president shall be punished by imprisonment for one, two, or three years.
Sections 626.9(h)-(i) do not apply to several categories of individuals, including: peace officers, armored vehicle guards, authorized security guards, military forces engaged in the performance of duties, and authorized retired peace officers. Until this amendment, persons with concealed weapons permits were also included in the list of individuals that were exempted. Beginning January 1, 2016 the exception that allows a person holding a license to carry a concealed firearm to possess a firearm on the university has been deleted.
As a result, beginning January 1, 2016 any person who possesses a concealed weapons permit and brings or possesses a firearm upon the grounds or building of the Cal Poly campus is in violation of the Gun-Free School Zone Act and subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.
Bike Smart, Bike Safe
The University Police Department will step-up their bike safety enforcement operations in response to increased complaints of reckless bicyclists on campus with focused enforcement on “walk only zones” and adherence to traffic signs. Special patrols will be deployed to crack down on bicyclists who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users and pedestrians.
Same Road, Same Rights, Same Rules
UPD wants to remind you that while riding a bike you have the same rights and responsibilities as those driving a vehicle.
Cal Poly campus is unique in that it has designated "walk only zones" located throughout campus [PDF] in areas determined to have heavy pedestrian traffic and obstacles that don’t lend well to bicycle traffic.
The following bicycle safety tips should be practiced every day—not just on days of increased police enforcement:
- When cycling in the street, cyclists must drive in the same direction as traffic (wrong way cycling is one of the top reasons for accidents when bicycles are at fault).
- Don’t ride on sidewalks. People and cars aren’t looking for you there (and it’s illegal at Cal Poly and in the City of San Luis Obispo).
- Walk your bike in the designated “walk zones.”
- Be predictable; signal turns and stops with your hands.
- When possible, make eye contact with drivers.
- Bicycle riders are considered vehicle operators. You are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicles operators including obeying traffic signs, stop signs, signals, and lane markings.
- Bicyclists can increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, at dawn and dusk.
- To be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector in the rear.
For additional safety, use a flashing rear light and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.
Bike and road safety in general, is something to strive for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Let’s make Cal Poly’s roadways and paths safer for everyone.
New Safety Program
Beginning February 5, 2015 University Police will be offering a new safety program with walking escorts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. Students, Faculty, and Staff requesting an escort on campus can call 805-756-STEP (7837) and Mustang Patrol will walk you to your on-campus destination or to your vehicle.
Call for a Walking Escort
8 pm to 2 am
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Activity Logs, summarizing incidents reported to the University Police over the past sixty days, appear with the most recent log at the top of the list. Logs are generally posted by 9:00 AM the following day.
UPD currently has staff and student positions available. Please visit the Employment Page for more information.
Bike Auction Information
UPD typically hold two bike auctions per year, in Fall and Spring Quarters. Future dates are to be determined. In addition to listing the dates and times on our website, we will announce on social media and place flyers in the University Union and Residence Halls. The minimum bid is $10 and goes up to $299. Please call 805-756-6654 if you have additional questions.