Crime Prevention

The Department of Public Safety provides presentations on crime prevention, personal safety, date rape, self defense, fire safety and prevention. These presentations frequently involve experts from public and private organizations.

Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) also sponsor programs relating to personal safety, alcohol and drug awareness.

As part of crime prevention programs, information on major incidents is forwarded to certain University Officials, the Office of Public Affairs, and the campus newspaper, the Foghorn, when necessary. When circumstances require immediate notification throughout the University community, Crime Prevention Bulletins are produced and sent to the community through email and/or SMS Text Message.

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The Department of Public Safety also provides information on crime prevention :

The Department of Public Safety also has Campus Emergency Phones located on campus to assist with crime prevention and safety.

Self-Defense for Women

DPS officers are now offering self-defense classes for women at the Koret Recreation Center.  Classes will be offered on the following Saturdays from 9am-noon:

September 20th, 2014

October 18th, 2014

November 15th, 2014

This introductory self-defense class is for women only. The class is taught by officers from the Department of Public Safety, and it is appropriate for all skill and ability levels. Each class will be two hours long on Saturday mornings, once a month during the spring semester, and will focus on personal safety as well as rudimentary self-defense skills women can utilize to evade and avoid an attack. Each class will combine educational lectures with hands-on training from officers, and participants will have the opportunity to practice each technique in a controlled, safe environment with trained professionals.

**USF students may reserve a spot in class by contacting at least two days prior to a scheduled class meeting. You will receive an email confirmation when you are pre-registered.  


Additional Crime Prevention Information

Make sure to update your personal information in USF Connect to ensure that you are subscribed to receiving emergency notifications.  These notifications are sent to the whole community through SMS text during an emergency.  


Please visit San Francisco SAFE's website at . San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone is the city's leading crime prevention education organization. SFSafe help residents, police, and community groups work together to create safe vibrant neighborhoods by providing violence prevention education, public safety and community organizing services. Please pay particular attention to their wide variety of brochures and other material available for download.