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Safer is Cal Poly’s primary confidential resource for addressing sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation and harassment. 

Located within Campus Health and Wellbeing, Safer offers holistic services to the entire campus community regarding gender- & power-based violence. Our Advocacy Staff supports survivors of violence (and their loved ones) directly, by offering confidential crisis support and advocacy, which includes crisis intervention, accompaniments, referrals, and more. Our Prevention Education Staff engages the campus community in setting pro-social behavior norms and encouraging community accountability so this violence never occurs in the first place. 
Safer welcomes people of all identities to utilize our services, and are committed to ensuring our services are inclusive and accessible to all members of our campus community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religious or spiritual beliefs, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexuality, military status, or documentation status in any of our activities or operations. 

Contact Info:, 805-756-2282
Advocacy Services Location: Health Center, Building 27
Prevention Education Office Location: University Union, Building 65, Room 217
Academic Year Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Safer Professional Staff


Kara Samaniego

Assistant Director of Wellbeing

Pronouns: She/Her(s)
Phone: 805-756-2221

Jennifer MacMartin

Prevention Specialist for Gender-Based Violence Initiatives

Pronouns: She/Her(s)
Phone: 805-756-1301


Ashlee Hernandez

DOJ Grant Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her(s)

Gillian Cutshaw

Campus Advocate

Pronouns: She/Her(s)
Phone: 805-756-6081

If you need help now

If this is an emergency, call 911.

Other Confidential Resources

  • Cal Poly Counseling Services: 805-756-2511
    Physical Location: Building 27, Room 135
  • RISE: 24-hour crisis line, 855-886-7473
    51 Zaca Lane #100 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (off-campus)
  • Stand Strong: 24-hour crisis line, 805-781-6400
    51 Zaca Lane #150, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (off-campus)
  • RAINN Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: 1-800-656-HOPE
    This 24 hour national hotline will automatically connect you to your nearest crisis center.

Non-Confidential Resources

  • Title IX: 805-756-1420
  • Cal Poly Police Department: 805-756-2281
  • SLO Police Department: 805-781-7317

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If you have any concerns or feedback on Safer and/or Cal Poly’s efforts at combating sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, please leave comments here. Feedback from anyone (students, faculty, staff, parents, supporters, etc.) is welcome.


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