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Residential Security Officer

Residential Security Officer Program

The UC San Diego Police Department partners with Housing, Dining & Hospitality Services to offer the Residential Security Officer Program, dedicated to providing the safest living and learning environment for students and their guests. RSOs are housing department employees who complete a civilian field-training program through the Police Department, cultural diversity training and a Laws of Arrest course to ensure that community members’ rights are upheld.

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

Two RSOs are assigned to residential areas of each college through the week, ensuring one RSO is working on each campus from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. RSOs:

  • 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

For RSO program information or business-related inquiries, contact rso-admin@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-6597 or (858) 822-4025.

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