Campus Safety and Escort Service
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
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.
How can I be sure that the Campus Safety Escort Service is safe?
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.
How can I tell the difference between a safety escort and a regular student on campus?
Campus safety escorts are required to wear a bright yellow uniform shirt that has the university seal on the front and “UC Riverside Escort Service” on the back. Each safety escort also wears a photo identification badge with a sticker indicating the current quarter and year.
How do I use the red telephones?
Just pick up the phone and wait for the dispatcher to answer (usually after the second ring).
Do you get paid for being a safety escort?
No, the CSES is a volunteer-based organization.
What positions are available?
There are dispatcher, cart driver and safety escort positions available. Dispatchers and cart drivers are responsible for incoming calls for safety escorts and for managing their team. Safety escorts are on duty throughout campus, ready to walk anyone to their car, residence hall, apartment or campus building.
How many hours are safety escorts required to serve?
Safety escorts are required to serve two hours per week until the end of each quarter, including during finals week. Safety escorts are allowed to serve a maximum of six hours per week. An incentive award is available for volunteers who work an entire quarter without missing any days.
Can I be escorted to campus?
Yes, as long as your starting location is on campus-owned property such as apartments, residence halls and parking lots. To request a safety escort, call (951) 827-3772.
Where do you escort to and from?
Our boundaries cover university properties, including University Village, Stone Haven, Sterling and all campus parking lots.
What hours are escorts available?
CSES operates Sunday–Thursday, from dark to 11:30pm. After 11:30pm, you can call the UC Police Department at (951) 827-5222 for an escort.