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Campus Safety Escort Service

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The Campus Safety Escort Service (CSES) ensures the safety of UCR’s students, faculty, and staff by walking them to their campus destination.

Request a Campus Safety Escort

Getting paired up with a trustworthy and professionally-trained Campus Safety Escort (CSE) is easy. Connect with an escort by using any of these four options:

  1. Call (951) 827-3772 to speak with a dispatcher
  2. Use any of the campus-wide “red phones” labeled “Campus Safety Escort Service” to speak directly to a dispatcher
  3. Visit a dispatch desk at the HUB or Rivera Library 
  4. Approach any CSE on campus, who is wearing a yellow shirt and ID badge

Find the Nearest “Red Phone”

The map below shows you the exact location of every “red phone” that directly connects you to a CSES dispatcher. They are usually located near exits and lobbies of most campus buildings.

Service Hours

Days: Sunday-Thursday (Every night except Friday)
Times: Whenever it gets dark outside until 11:30 p.m.

For escort service beyond CSES hours, call UCR Police (951) 827-5222.


Contact CSES

Office Visit:
260 Costo Hall (WRC)

Staff Advisor:
Katie Estrella
(951) 827-3337
katie.estrella@ucr.edu

Student Coordinators:
(951) 827-3772
cses_ucr@yahoo.com
 

Volunteers Wanted

Serve as a dispatcher, cart driver, or safety escort.

  • Commit two-hours per week, each quarter — including finals week. 
  • Online application, two non-relative references, and an interview is required. 
  • No experience needed — training is provided.

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Awards/Accolades

  • Under the direction of WRC, CSES has received the Bayless Leadership Award five times since its operation.
  • CSES has also been voted the “fifth-most-critical campaign organization” by students during a campus survey.

General Safety Tips

Do

  • Walk/park in well-occupied and well-lit areas
  • Have your keys-in-hand and ready to unlock your door
  • Always check the backseat, underneath, and the surrounding area of your vehicle before getting in
  • Lock your doors once inside your home or vehicle
  • Be aware and confident when walking; establish eye contact with passersby
  • If approached suspiciously, assert yourself in a loud voice by saying things like, "No, I can't help you!" or "Get away from me!"
  • Familiarize yourself with your neighbors
  • Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood
  • Leave lights, TVs or radios on when nobody is home
  • Make sure the lights work around all entrances
  • Close/lock windows/doors at all times

Don't

  • Travel through dark and isolated shortcuts
  • Use your cell phone or wear headphones while walking
  • Hide keys outside of your home
  • Put your address on your key ring
  • Leave messages on your door indicating your absence/return
  • Leave valuables in your room
  • Post your location on social media

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 romanie.arterberry@ucr.edu 

  • 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.

History: Established 1974-75

Following a campus assault in the seventies, UCR student and Aberdeen-Inverness Hall resident started walking his friends across campus at night to keep them safe. His gesture sparked a movement by fellow students, which eventually developed into today’s CSES. The team’s simple setup of just one telephone and an answering machine has grown into over ten “red phones” spread across campus and a dedicated, professional, and organized team. However, through its growth, the goal has always been the same: keep the campus community safe.