The CSES began during the 1974–1975 academic year with the help of Randy Yates and other residents of the Aberdeen-Inverness Residence Hall. Out of concern for the safety of others following a campus assault, Randy began walking his friends across campus at night. This gesture sparked the larger, organized group effort that eventually became the CSES.
Two years later, the CSES was placed under the direction of the Women’s Resource Center. The safety escort desk was set up in the main lobby of the Tomás Rivera Library, where it still operates.
The CSES was originally equipped with just a telephone and an answering machine. Since then, red telephones have been installed near the exits and lobbies of most campus buildings. These telephones allow callers to have a direct line to the CSES desk, eliminating the need to find a campus telephone at night.
During the 1995–1996 academic year, the dispatch program was added. This allows the CSES desk and telephone to be attended at all times so that people can always reach a campus safety escort when they need one. The dispatcher also coordinates safety escorts in the field and cart drivers, which saves time and allows safety escorts to assist people without needing to return to the desk.
The CSES received the Bayless Leadership Award from 1997–2000 and again in 2004. Several years ago, CSES was voted the fifth-most-critical campaign organization in a student campus survey.
The Campus Safety Escort Service (CSES) at the University of California, Riverside ensures the safety of students, faculty and staff by walking them to their destination.
Contact the CSES
(951) 827-3772 during CSES operating hours (Sunday–Thursday, dark to 11:30pm)
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about the Campus Safety Escort Service by exploring these frequently asked questions. If you’d like more information about the CSES, stop by 260 Costo Hall, call (951) 827-3337 or email staff advisor Romanie Arterberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All safety escorts go through a background check and interview process. Once the safety escort is hired, they're trained on how to properly escort someone and what to do in dangerous situations. A CSES coordinator monitors each shift.