Your student’s safety is our number one priority, and we do our best to protect students from harm. Residence Halls have self-locking doors, peepholes, smoke detectors, front desk attendants, and layers of student and UCSB professional on-call staff who are available for after-hours assistance. In addition, Santa Catalina Residence Hall has a UCPD/CSO satellite office. All student university e-mail addresses are automatically signed up for UCSB Alert, a system that sends alerts and warnings via phones, emails, and the digital signage located throughout our communities. If students would like to receive alerts on their mobile device, they can sign up via the UCSB Alert page. Our communities are patrolled by the Community Service Organization (CSO) in cooperation with the UCSB Police Department. However, the most effective way to keep students safe is to give them the skills to protect themselves. Because students feel safe and “at home” in our communities, they sometimes make ill-advised decisions such as leaving their room doors unlocked, propping open exterior doors, and walking alone on campus late at night. It is critical that students lock their door and keep their keys with them at all times. UCSB provides a 24-hour security escort service, through the CSO, for students going to all parts of campus and to any point in Isla Vista. We highly encourage students to use this service or walk in groups at night. Staying safe on the Internet is also important. Our Information Technology department has provided safety tips to help your student be proactive and protective about their personal information online.