Threatening graffiti prompts heightened campus awareness

To: UCSC Community

From: Alison Galloway, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

See something? Say something, do something

  • If you see something suspicious or behavior that concerns you notify campus police. Call 831-459-2231 or anonymously at 831-459-3TIP (459-3847). Or submit a tip online.
  • Read the latest informational update, provided Friday by EVC Galloway.
  • For more information, go to this Student Affairs web site.

If you have questions

Per regular policies and practices...
  • Students should contact their instructors.
  • Faculty and other instructors should consult with Department Chairs.
  • TAs should consult with supervising faculty.
  • Staff should consult with supervisors.
  • Please see an FAQ that has been prepared.

Training offered by UCSC Police

UCSC police are providing "drop-in" training sessions this week for students and employees that describes best practices for responding to violence. Couldn't make one of the sessions? It's important that you watch the video about best practices.

Please check this site for updates. Thank you.

I am writing to inform you about the recent discovery of threatening graffiti in a campus academic building.

Found in a bathroom in Social Sciences 2 before the winter break, the graffiti warned of violence on January 18.

While we know that graffiti is common on college campuses, the university nonetheless takes threats seriously. Erring on the side of caution, I have concluded that it makes sense to share the information above with the campus community. And to ask for your help.

• You can help by being aware of your surroundings on campus and reporting any unusual activity or behaviors of people. We are all responsible for safety. If you see something, say and do something about it.

• You can help by reporting any concerning behavior and suspicious activity by calling our campus Police Department at 831-459-2231. Or, if you prefer, you may submit a report to our police anonymously by calling 831-459-3TIP (459-3847) or by submitting your tip online via

• You can be better prepared by reviewing the campus's Emergency Survival Guide for quick tips on what to do to ensure your safety in case of emergency.

• You can help by making sure that your contact information is up to date in our CruzAlert emergency communication system.

Also, resources are available to help members of our campus community manage and cope in stressful situations.

• Students can access support through Counseling and Psychological Services at the Student Health Center at 831-459-2628. If you need a consultation or want to refer a distressed student, please contact the Student Affairs CARE line at 831-459-3456.

• Staff and faculty may access counseling support through the Employee Assistance Program at 866-808-6205.

In closing, I want to acknowledge that this message is certain to prompt questions about campus operations. In addition to consulting with law-enforcement personnel off campus, we are developing an on-campus operational plan related to this threat that focuses on safety, response, and communication.

This message and information updates will be posted on this web page, linked to the campus home page.

Thank you very much for your help.