Seeking information in arson investigation

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Mary Garcia, Interim Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is investigating two arson fires extinguished Monday night at the UC Santa Cruz residential campus. Officers are seeking the community’s help with information that can help identify the person(s) responsible.  

One fire, reported at 8:14 p.m., was in the North Remote Parking Lot and burned about 1,000 square feet. The second fire, reported at 8:45 p.m., was near Oakes College and burned part of a building, but did not result in any damage to the structure. Both fires were quickly extinguished thanks to city firefighters. 

Investigators believe both fires were intentionally set. Anyone who has seen suspicious activity or has information regarding these incidents is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231 ext. 1 to speak with an officer.

Safety Tips

  • If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911. Report all crimes, suspicious activity, or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. 

  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.

  • Trust your instincts. If something makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the incident, or leave the area. 

Campus Resources

For students, a range of support services is also available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate. More information can be found online.

For student and employees, the Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can provide assistance and can be reached at 831-459-2462.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.

Report all suspicious persons, in-progress crimes, and emergencies by calling 911.

This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).