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University Safety Official Program

The UC San Diego Police Department partners with Housing*Dining*Hospitality to offer the University Safety Official Program, dedicated to providing the safest living and learning environment for students and their guests. USOs are department employees who complete a civilian field-training program, including cultural diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, crisis intervention and mental health support.

USOs are committed to delivering effective, courteous and responsive service to their communities. They attend orientations to share tips and safety information to help students transition to campus life. USOs get to know residents and become involved with the community that they serve.

Two USOs are assigned to residential areas of each college from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. USOs:

  • Patrol surrounding parking areas to help ensure the safety of students, staff and guests going to and from their vehicles
  • Provide safety escorts
  • Secure residents' doors and provide lock-out assistance
  • Perform security checks of residential facilities and identify potential safety hazards
  • Enforce housing policies
  • Support their Residential Life staff during the day when requested or special needs arise
  • Give student safety presentations, including presentations for international students to help familiarize them with U.S. culture and laws
  • Help the police department train Resident Advisors Liaisons
  • Assist with special campus events

Contact Us

For USO program information or business-related inquiries, contact, (858) 534-6597 or (858) 822-4025.

For after-hours noise complaints, lockouts and non-emergency concerns requiring attention, call (858) 534-4357.