Student Handbook

Campus Safety Philosophy

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CalArts is committed to promoting a safe and secure environment for all campus members and visitors. CalArts has developed policies and procedures to ensure that every possible precaution is taken to protect persons on campus from harm or theft. Safety and security is the responsibility of all the members of the CalArts communities.

  • CalArts is a community of over 1,600 students, faculty and staff. CalArts houses approximately 450 students in two on-campus residence halls. The cooperation and involvement of students and employees in a campus safety program are absolutely necessary.
  • On the CalArts campus, the Campus Safety Office is here to assist and educate community members on how to take measures to ensure their personal safety. In addition, the Institute employs a full-time Risk Management Administrator whose responsibility is to assist in the safety of the CalArts campus and its community.
  • Campus Safety provides a full range of services to the CalArts community twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, year round. The department is located in room E100 in the main academic building. Campus Safety telephone numbers:

Internal/main switchboard (661) 255-1050, extensions 2113, 2114 and 2222
Direct line is (661) 222-2702

Please add the Campus Safety phone number to your cell phone address book. This number can be called 24 hours a day for information or in case of emergency.

  • Potential criminal actions and other emergencies on campus can be reported directly by a student, faculty, or staff member by calling the aforementioned telephone numbers.

If the County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at (661) 255-1121 is called, please make CalArts Campus Safety aware of the situation.

  • Campus Safety Department
    • The first responder to emergencies of any kind.
    • Protects the persons and property of students, faculty, staff and visitors to CalArts
    • Patrols by automobile, electric cart and on foot.
    • Provides basic first aid until the arrival of paramedics.
    • Monitors fire and door alarms.
    • Enforces traffic and parking regulations.
    • Takes reports of crimes and incidents.
    • Provides incident reports to the CalArts Administration and other persons, as applicable.
    • Assists law enforcement and other emergency service providers, as needed.
    • Provides around-the-clock escort service on campus upon request.

Campus Safety officers are unarmed and have no special or police powers. Their arrest powers are identical to those of a private person, as provided in the California Penal Code section 837. Campus Safety is not a police department, but is responsible for law enforcement, security, and emergency response at CalArts. Campus Safety works closely and cooperatively with the County of Los Angeles Sheriff Department. The Campus Safety Department does not currently operate under agreements such as a written memorandum of understanding (MOU) with state and local police.

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