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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Safety and Security

Campus Security Starts with You

The Business Services & Facilities Department (BSF) is responsible for campus safety and security matters. We take our charge in this regard very seriously, and we do our best to make our campus as safe and secure as possible. But we cannot do it alone. We must rely on everyone within the GGU community to stay alert, report any suspicious activity/persons/packages to this office, and always be a proactive member of our campus security program. In doing so, we can all help to keep our community a more safe and secure place for everyone.

We Want You to Know

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act of Campus Security and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (Clery Act)

Golden Gate University prepares and makes available an annual security report. It includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the university; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies covering sexual assault and other matters.

While we do have a very good crime-on-campus record, we typically have several incidents each year; with crimes against personal property being the most common. Laptops, backpacks and bikes seem to go missing the most often. It appears that these are “crimes of opportunity,” in that the owner of the property left the item out in the open, unsecured and unattended. These kinds of thefts are easily preventable by always maintaining control of your personal property, and not leaving your possessions out in the open and unattended.

The annual security report appears in the “Annual Security Report” section of the University’s Street Smarts publication. The Street Smarts publication can be viewed or downloaded from the Campus Safety and Security web page, where it is listed under the Annual Security Report section. Copies of this publication are available at the San Francisco campus. Students can also obtain copies of this publication by contacting Business Services and Facilities at (415) 442-7089.

Emergency Notification Process

Communications throughout the university may be severely limited during an emergency. Therefore all means possible will be used to disseminate information and instructions. The emergency communications methods include the following:

  • The GGU-ALERT Emergency Communications System.
  • E-mail blasts (using GGUALL or other similar methods).
  • Telephone alerting (announcements made using the university telephone system).
  • GGU Mobile-Radio Communications System (includes the BSF Emergency Response Team (ERT) radios and mobile devices).
  • GGU Web Site (the university home page will be updated to reflect pertinent information).
  • Radio and television announcements (Information will be provided to the applicable stations).
  • Runners will be dispatched as needed to help disseminate information throughout the campus facilities.

GGU-ALERT Emergency Notification System

The university has joined with e2Campus to provide timely communications in the event of a disaster, emergency situation or significant occurrence.

Our emergency notification system is called GGU-ALERT, and it is the quickest and most reliable way for you to receive urgent notification messages from the university. The messages that are sent via GGU-ALERT are deemed to be critical to one’s safety, security or well being. These notifications could be for situations such as shelter-in-place requirements, security advisories, terrorist activities, bomb threats, severe weather, natural disasters, public-health alerts, system outages or other such events.

The university strongly encourages all students to subscribe to this service during their registration process. And you can also enroll at any time after logging in to GGU4YOU at:

There is no cost to you for participating; however, depending on your wireless (or other service provider) agreement, a nominal fee may be incurred for receiving text or other messages. And the information that you provide when enrolling for this service will not be sold to, or shared with, third parties.

While enrolled with this service, you may select your preferred notification methods (i.e. cell phone, text message, e-mail, etc.). You may select multiple notification methods as well so that messages are sent to you in a variety of ways.

At a minimum the GGU-ALERT System is tested annually on an unannounced basis. Additional tests may be conducted throughout the year as well. During these tests, subscribers will receive a message announcing the test and the details of any specific responses that may be required as part of the test.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan (E-REP)

The university maintains a detailed plan for how to respond to a variety of situations (i.e. fire, earthquake, power outage, etc.). While on campus, all members of the university community are required to comply with alarm notifications, evacuation or recovery orders and to take the appropriate actions as applicable. Copies of the E-REP are available throughout the campus facilities and also via the university web site.