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Safer is Cal Poly's prevention education & confidential advocacy resource for sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation and harassment.

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Safer is Cal Poly's prevention education & confidential advocacy resource for 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. 

Gender- & power-based violence affects everyone differently, and those who hold marginalized identities may face additional barriers in seeking support. Safer welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds to utilize our services and is committed to ensuring our office is inclusive and accessible.   


    Contact Us

    Phone: 805-756-2282
    Instagram: @calpolysafer

    Academic Year Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

    Advocacy Services Location:
    Health Center, Building 27

    Prevention Education Office Location:
    University Union, Building 65, Room 217

    Make an appointment:


    Safer Professional Staff

    For full staff biographies and contact information, click here!

    If you are in the midst of any kind of emergency, immediate harm, or threat of harm, CALL 9-1-1.


    Confidential Support: Campus Advocates

    Campus Advocates (also called sexual assault and domestic violence counselors) are confidential and available to assist victims/survivors of gender- & power-based violence.

    Note: Communications with Advocates are protected by state law per California Evidence Code Section §§1035.

    Campus Advocates can assist by providing the following:

    • Confidential, non-judgmental support
    • Information about rights and options to help someone make an informed decision
    • Help with reporting sexual assault to law enforcement which includes in-person accompaniments to the police station (the same support is also available for those that report sexual misconduct to the Title IX office)
    • Information and accompaniments to sexual assault forensic exams (SARTs) and other medical options

      Advocates are available on campus and at community-based sexual assault/rape crisis centers.

    Note: If a campus-based Advocate cannot be reached, you may contact a community-based sexual assault/rape crisis center for immediate assistance. Community-based sexual assault counselors/advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling a hotline.


    Cal Poly SLO Campus Advocates





    Cal Poly Safer

    Lumina Alliance
    Contact Information

    Phone: 805-756-2282

    24-Hour Hotline: 805-545-8888


    Advocacy: Health Center, Building 27

    Prevention: University Union, 65-217

    51 Zaca Lane, Suite 150
    San Luis Obispo

    Monday - Friday




    National Sexual Assault Hotline
    Hotline staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a national sexual assault hotline. Hotline staff can be contacted via phone at (800) 656-4673, or online chat at their website,

    • Please note - when calling the hotline your call will be directed to a local provider based on the area code of the phone number you are calling from. If you are geographically located in an area different than the area code of the phone number you are calling from, hotline staff can still offer you support but may not have information regarding resources in your location. If this is your situation, please call the 24/7 hotline at the sexual assault/rape crisis center nearest you.

    Additional Options for Support: Additional resources for support are available and include but are not limited to, mental health counseling and psychological services on-campus or community-based, your campus Title IX office, and the CSU's employee assistance program (EAP) are also available.

    Immediate Medical Care

    It's okay if someone does not wish to file a police report or get a sexual assault forensic exam. That said, depending on the nature of the assault, it may still be important to obtain medical care to address potential injuries, exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or if there may be risk of pregnancy.

    An Advocate can help explore and address issues such as resources to help pay for medical care and confidentiality.

    Note: Emergency contraceptives are also available at local pharmacies without prescription.

    Options for Medical Care

    Sexual Assault Forensic Exam

    Location: Confidential
    Contact Information: Contact an Advocate or Law Enforcement agency to schedule
    Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Campus Health & Wellbeing

    Location: Building 27, upstairs
    Contact Information: 805-756-1211
    Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center

    Location: 1010 Murray Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    Contact Information: 805-546-7600
    Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Planned Parenthood

    Location: 743 Pismo St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    Contact Information: 888-898-3806
    Hours of Operation: Mondays 9am-6pm; Tuesdays-Saturdays 8am–5pm; Closed Sundays

    Note: Per California Penal Code §§11160, all medical providers in California are required to notify law enforcement when they are treating an injury caused by “abusive or assaultive" behavior. This means that a healthcare provider may need to make a police report if their patient discloses that the injury they are seeking treatment for was caused by abuse or assault. The victim/survivor, however, has the right to not speak to law enforcement or share additional information.

    A sexual assault counselor/advocate can help someone navigate any potential report made by a medical provider. For example, if someone does not wish to report to law enforcement, the counselor/advocate can help say no to a police report without feeling  intimidated.

    Evidence Collection

    Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Exams
    (also known as “rape kits")

    SART Exams could be used to collect DNA evidence if the assault occurred within 120 hours. Specialized sexual assault nurse examiners collect samples from a victim/survivor that may contain DNA evidence to help a potential prosecution.

    A victim/survivor has the right to have a support person with them and can say no to any part of the exam.

    If a person decides they want a SART, the sexual assault counselor/Advocate can provide more detailed information and help coordinate response with police and the SART nurse.

    There are two types of exams: Restricted SARTs and SARTs



    Report Requirement

    Does not require police report.

    Requires police report

    Who Helps Access Exam

    This option is available through your Campus Advocate as well as your local sexual assault/rape crisis center.

    A police officer will schedule the exam.

    Who Are Exams For

    These exams may be appropriate for those that are not ready to speak to and involve law enforcement. Evidence from Restricted SARTs in California must be preserved for two years in the event that a victim/survivor does want to engage with law enforcement.

    These exams are appropriate for those that would like immediate law enforcement involvement. Evidentiary exams are intended to collect forensic evidence for use in criminal prosecution. An evidentiary exam is an option available by filing a report with law enforcement.

    Level of Police Involvement

    Police officers will not take a report and should not engage with the victim/survivor. However, the police department will collect the evidence kit and store it until (and if) the victim/survivor decides to file a police report/criminal charge.


    Police officers may:


    • Take a police report by interviewing the victim/survivor and possibly any friends/witnesses
    • Coordinate and schedule the SART
    • Provide transportation to the SART location
    • Contact a sexual assault counselor/advocate to provide emotional support during the process

    Note about at-home rape kits: Although well-intentioned, evidence from at home “rape kits" may not be admissible for evidence.

    Preserving clothing with potential DNA evidence:
    Necessary evidence could be present in the clothes someone wore during the assault — this evidence can be preserved by being stored in paper bags (mold grows in plastic bags.) If the person decides to file a police report or obtain a sexual assault forensic exam (SART), the clothes can be provided to them for evidence collection.

    More information about sexual assault forensic exams:

    Other Evidence

    A sexual assault forensic exam is one way to preserve evidence, but it's not the only way. Here is a list of other evidence that can be preserved:

    • Video – from door cameras, surveillance cameras, social media posts, etc.
    • Names of people that may have information such as:
      • Eyewitnesses – people who saw behavior or level of intoxication before the assault or witnessed the assault
      • Outcry witnesses – people you told about what happened
    • Any messages or communication with the perpetrator, including voicemails, texts, email and social media messaging (taking screenshots can be helpful)
    • Information/documentation about or photos of injuries
    • Receipts – showing where you were or what you were doing

    Law Enforcement

    A law enforcement officer can take a report, help access confidential support, and provide access to medical care after a sexual assault. Police departments are available for response 24/7.

    Sexual assaults can be reported at any time (immediately following, days or years after the incident). Statutes of limitations vary, depending on the type of crime/sexual assault and by state. The evidence available, investigations and treatment options may also be impacted by the length of time that has passed since the assault. A sexual assault counselor/advocate or law enforcement can provide you with specific information related to these factors.

    Deciding to report a sexual assault to law enforcement is a very private a personal decision. It’s okay to report to the police, not report, or not knowing if one wants to report. A sexual assault counselor/advocate can provide all information about reporting options so the victim/survivor can make an informed decision.

      Cal Poly Police San Luis Obispo Police
    Coverage Area

    Incidents that occurred on-campus

    Incidents that occurred in community surrounding campus

    Contact Information

    Phone emergency: 9-1-1


    Phone emergency: 9-1-1



    Building 36

    1042 Walnut St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

    Hours of Operation


    24 hours a day


    24 hours a day


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