Clery Stats (PDF)

Jeanne Clery Act – 2013 Report


The Jeanne Clery Act Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092(f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies.  All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.  The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986.


The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report every year by October 1st that contains three years of crime statistics and certain policy statements including sexual assault policies which assure basic victim’s rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police, and where the students should go to report crimes.  The annual security report for Cuesta College includes statistics concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Cuesta College, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  In accordance with mandated reporting requirements, information concerning the monitoring and recording of any criminal activity in which students have engaged, at off campus locations and/or within student organizations that are officially recognized by Cuesta College, are gathered from local police agencies.  These agencies include any City, County, State, or Federal agencies that may have relevant information and the statistics are published in this disclosure.  The Cuesta College Police Department is responsible for providing the gathered statistics and safety information to all students, staff, faculty, visitors and prospective students and employees of the District. Policies centering on alcohol and drug use, crime prevention reporting, sexual assaults and other matters are available from various sources at Cuesta College.


Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics


The Cuesta College Police Department compiles this institutional report to comply with the Clery Act.  The full text of this report can be located on our website.  This report is a collaborative and comprehensive effort that includes the cooperation of departments from all divisions within the College, and all employees designated as Campus Security Authorities under the Clery Act.  Each entity is asked to provide crime statistics and/or information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.


Crime statistics are also collected from law enforcement agencies with concurrent law enforcement jurisdiction or jurisdictions surrounding Cuesta College and off-site properties or facilities owned or utilized by Cuesta College.  These law enforcement agencies provide crime statistics they have collected for crimes occurring on campus properties or public property immediately adjacent to Cuesta College campuses and/or facilities.  Cuesta College does not have any on or off campus fraternity or sorority houses.  Student organization recognition does not extend beyond the Cuesta College campuses and student organizations are not recognized to engage in activity off-campus.  Campus emails are sent at the beginning of the Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters regarding the availability of the report on the Internet, the electronic address to access the report, and a statement on how to obtain a paper copy, if desired. 


Law Enforcement Authority


The Cuesta College Police Department is a full-service, fully certified police agency within the State of California staffed by sworn police officers and non-sworn staff members.  Officers of the Cuesta College Police Department are California Peace Officers per Penal Code Section 830.32.  The possess the same authority and powers, including the authority to arrest, as do police officers and deputy sheriffs in other areas of the State.  Officers are responsible for reporting and investigating crimes, issuing traffic and parking citations, responding to medical and fire emergencies, handling traffic accidents, and handling other incidents requiring law enforcement assistance.  The Cuesta College Police Department sustains an excellent rapport and relationship with neighboring law enforcement agencies.  Each police officer receives training throughout the year that includes firearms, defensive tactics, first aid/CPR, and legal updates. 


By agreement, should a major crime occur on campus that exhausts the resources of the Cuesta College Police Department, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department shall be asked to provide appropriate assistance.  All other crimes are routinely investigated by the Cuesta College Police Department.


Daily Log Requirement


The Cuesta College Police Department maintains a Student Right To Know Daily Log that is available for public view.  This log contains a record of all crimes reported to the Department, and provides the nature of the initial complaint, the date and time reported, and the general location of the incident, the disposition of the incident, and finally, the identification number(s) assigned to the incident.  The log is available for review at the Cuesta College Police Department, Building 6600, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


Timely Warning Alert Bulletins


A well-informed community is an integral component in maintaining the safest campuses and facilities possible.  At Cuesta College, the Police Chief and/or designee confers with the Superintendent/President of designee, legal counsel, and involved law enforcement agencies after a violent crime or crime listed in the Clery Act that is reported to the Cuesta College Police Department.  Depending on the circumstances and facts, a determination is made as to rather the incident reported represents an on-going or continuing threat to Cuesta College.  Once the Police Chief and/or designee is notified and has conferred as necessary and applicable, and a determination is reached that a continuing threat exists, the Chief of Police and/or designee will arrange to disseminate a “timely warning” crime alert as soon as possible through the Cuesta College utilized ALERTU notification system, the Cuesta College Foundation (news media, Facebook, Twitter),  Cuesta College Police Department Facebook page, by the police vehicle public address systems, and the college-wide e-mail system to ensure all members of the Cuesta College community as well as the surrounding community are likely to have access to the information.


Reporting Crimes and Emergencies


Criminal activity and other emergencies that occur on campus should be immediately reported to the Cuesta College Police Department.  Cuesta College police officers respond to all on-campus reports of fire, police, or medical emergencies.  Emergencies on campus can be reported by calling 3911 from any campus telephone (San Luis Obispo campus),  4911 from any campus telephone (North County Campus), by pushing the red button on any (San Luis Obispo campus) emergency phone, or by calling the police department directly at 805-546-3205 (San Luis Obispo campus) or 805-591-6205 (North County campus).


The Cuesta College Police Department has primary law enforcement jurisdiction for all criminal incidents (with the exceptions of Murder, Manslaughter, and Rape) that occur on our campuses and district facilities.  This includes incident investigation, follow-up and resolution.  If you are off-campus and are uncertain of the police jurisdiction you are in, your emergency call will be properly routed by dialing 911.  For non-emergency contact any San Luis Obispo County Police Department and will be referred to the agency with primary jurisdiction regarding your incident.


Emergencies On-Campus: For all police, fire, and medical emergencies call Extension 3911 for the San Luis Obispo campus or Extension 4911 for the North County Campus and tell the dispatcher what your emergency is.  Police officers will be dispatched to all crimes in progress and other emergencies along with the appropriate fire and medical personnel.


Emergency Call Boxes:  There are 6 emergency call boxes located on the San Luis Obispo campus.  These boxes allow anyone to contact Police Dispatch when ever classes are in session by merely picking up the receiver and pushing a button.  Calls go directly to Police Dispatch.  These call boxes do not provide access to general telephone services.  All emergency call boxes are painted yellow with the word “POLICE” in black lettering across the front and are located in the following spots:


            Call Box 1 – In Parking Lot 1A along Romauldo Rd

            Call Box 2 – In Parking Lot 3 adjacent to Building 6100

            Call Box 3 – In front of the Library, Building 3100/3200

            Call Box 4 – Between Buildings 2000 and 4400

            Call Box 5 – Adjacent to the Gym, Building 1400, on Chorro Valley Rd

            Call Box 6 – At 75 Acres, adjacent to the work structures


Non-Emergencies On Campus:  The non-emergency, business telephone number to reach the Cuesta College Police Department (and can also be used as an emergency number) is 805-546-3205. Please understand that the dispatcher must answer all calls and that you may be placed on hold if you do not have an emergency.

Emergencies On Non-Campus and Off-Campus Facilities:  The non-campus and off-campus emergency telephone number in San Luis Obispo County is “911.”  Use this number for Community-based fire, police, and medical services.  The call is free from any payphones.  When dialing 911 from a cellular phone, you will be connected to the California Highway Patrol Dispatch Center or the closest police department to your location.  Be prepared to provide dispatcher with the city, county, and specific location where the emergency response is needed.


Confidential Reports of Crimes:  Persons who wish to make confidential reports of crime may also do so by calling Crimestoppers at 805-549-STOP (549-7867), by accessing the webpage Crimestoppers. , or by texting “SLOTIPS (plus the message)” to CRIMES (274637).


Emergency Notifications


It is the practice of Cuesta College, in matters where there is an in-progress significant emergency or dangerous incident that poses an immediate threat to the members of the Cuesta College community, some or all of the various available communication systems will be used to quickly communicate information to community members. These communication methods include PA systems in emergency vehicles, bullhorns, the college web site, college e-mails, and text messages that can be sent to cell phones through the AlertU mass notification system.  Cuesta College will, without delay (while considering the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system(s).  The timing of the notification, may be delayed if, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, initiating the message will compromise efforts to assist victims or contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.


When a report of a significant emergency or dangerous incident is reported to Cuesta College, an initial response to the location will be done by police personnel.  Once Cuesta College Police are on scene, they will relay what the situation is and the police chain of command will be notified.  Once the Chief of Police or designee is notified of the event, the facts will be relayed to the College President or designee and any other emergency personnel specific to the type of event (e.g. fire official in the event of fire)




Emergency evacuations of a building/buildings, large portions of the campus, or even the entire campus may be required due to situations such as a major fire, an explosion or a major crisis situation.  Upon notification of conditions that may merit an evacuation, the Cuesta College President or his designee will make the determination to order an evacuation based on his lone decision or after consultation with the Cuesta College Crisis Action Team and/or the Cuesta College Director of College Safety/Chief of Police, as circumstances allow.  The basic content of the evacuation notice will be determined by the Cuesta College President (or designee) and/or the Chief of Police (or designee).  Based on the level of the evacuation, the Emergency Operations Center may be activated, or partially activated.  Additionally, the Cuesta College President and/or Cuesta College Chief of Police, or their designees, may without consultation, order an evacuation in extremely dangerous or compelling circumstances, taking into account any and all immediate threats to the Cuesta College community. In such cases, the evacuation order will immediately be initiated.


If an evacuation is ordered the Cuesta College Police Department will be tasked with directing students, faculty, and staff to designated Emergency Assembly Points.  Emergency Assembly Points maps are located next to the Building Evacuation maps in all buildings on campus.


Evacuation notifications will be disseminated via the AlertU Alert notification system, the Cuesta College Foundation (news media, Facebook, Twitter), Cuesta College Police Department Facebook page, by the police vehicle public address systems, and the college-wide e-mail system to ensure all members of the Cuesta College community as well as the surrounding community are likely to have access to the information.  Should a community-wide message be required, the Cuesta College Foundation, Media Relations, will be directed to do so by the Cuesta College President (or designee) and/or the Chief of Police (or designee).  


Campus Security Authorities and Clery Reportable Crimes


The Cuesta College Police Department is aware that Clery crimes may go unreported.  The Clery Act defines certain college employees as being Campus Security Authorities, including anyone who has significant responsibility for students and student activities. Campus Security Authorities must report any crimes that they may have become aware of in their daily contact with students.  Failure to disclose knowledge of a Clery crime

can result in large fines to Cuesta College.  Employees such as administrators, deans, directors, department heads, faculty advisors, student academic advisors, student activities advisors, coordinators, and athletic coaches must report Clery crime violations.  Classroom faculty (except for Advisors), Physicians, Psychologists, and most clerical staff are examples of employees who are not required to report under the Clery Act.  All reports can be confidentially and anonymously in accordance with reporting person’s wishes.


Clery crimes must be reported to the Cuesta College Police Department. Clery Crimes include the following:

            - Criminal Homicide

                        - Murder

                        - Negligent Manslaughter

            - Sex Offences


                        -Sexual Assault

                        -Domestic Violence

                        -Dating Violence



            - Robbery

            - Aggravated Assault

            - Burglary

            - Arson

            - Motor Vehicle Theft

            - Arrests

                        - Liquor law

                        - Drug-related

                        - Weapons

            - Disciplinary Referrals

                        - Liquor law

                        - Drug-related

                        - Weapons


            - Hate Crimes

                        - Race

                        - Gender

                        - Gender Identity

                        - Religion

                        - Sexual Orientation

                        - Ethnicity

                        - National Origin

                        - Disability


Crime Definitions


Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter:  The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.  NOTE: Deaths caused by negligence, attempts to kill, assaults to kill, suicides, accidental deaths, and justifiable homicides are excluded.


Negligent Manslaughter:  The killing of another person through gross negligence.


Robbery:  The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.


Aggravated Assault:  An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated injury.  This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.  It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife or other weapon is used which could or probably would result in a serious potential injury if the crime were successfully completed.


Burglary:  The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.  For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with the intent to commit a theft or a felony; breaking and entering with the intent to commit a theft; housebreaking; safe cracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.


Motor Vehicle Theft:  The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.


Arson:  The willful or malicious burning  or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defend, a swelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property of another kind.


Weapons Law Violations:  The violation of laws dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as; manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to miners; aliens in possession of deadly weapons; all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.


Drug Law Violations:  Violations of California State and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making narcotic drugs.  The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives, and dangerous non-narcotic drugs.


Liquor Law Violations:  The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to minors or intemperate persons; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a public conveyance; all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.


Sex Offenses:  These are defined as any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against a person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.  These include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.

"Consent" is the affirmative, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity during a sexual encounter. Under this definition, an individual who is asleep, mentally or physically incapacitated as a result of drugs or alcohol or who was under duress, threat, coercion or force, would not be able to consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time during the encounter

"Rape" is the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ, without the consent of the victim.

“Domestic Violence” includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

“Dating violence” means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim.  Whether there was such a relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

“Stalking” means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Sex Offenses – Non-Forcible:  Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.  These include incest and statutory rape.


Hate Crimes:  Crimes that, upon investigation, manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias.



Alcohol and Other Drug Philosophy


Cuesta College is dedicated to providing the best academic and professional experience that can be offered to its students, faculty and staff.  The use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are at cross-purposes to this mission and are not tolerated on campus.  Cuesta College is fully committed to achieving an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) free environment for its students and employees.  Education and support for those who have questions or problems related to AOD are available and strongly encouraged.  Academic, personal and professional success is Cuesta College’s goal for

all of its students, faculty, and staff.  This goal cannot be achieved if AOD’s are allowed to hinder each person’s natural abilities.  Use of alcohol at Cuesta College is strictly prohibited. 

Drug and alcohol abuse counseling is available at Cuesta College, as well as the community resources listed below.  Counseling services can be scheduled in person or by phone at 805-546-3171 for the San Luis Obispo Campus and at 805-591-6200 for the North County Campus.

                               Community Resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous:

            -Morro Bay/Cambria                        772-8714 or 927-0347

            -North County                                238-3311 or 466-8175

            -San Luis Obispo                            541-3211

            -South County                               481-6605

            -Al-Anon                                       543-7924

            -Narcotics Anonymous                     549-7730

Tax Supported Agencies

            -SLO County Drug and Alcohol          549-4296

            -Cambria Connection                       927-1654

            -North County Connection                461-6084

            -Mariposa Center                            473-7082


Information About Registered Sex Offenders


Convicted sex offenders are required by law to register with the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the offender lives.  Convicted sex offenders are also required to register with the Cuesta College Police Department if they are enrolled as a student of the College or employed by the college (either full time or part time, including paid employees or volunteers).  They are required to register if they are working or carrying on a vocation at the college (e.g. contractors) for more than fourteen days or for an aggregate period exceeding thirty days in a calendar year.  In addition, Megan’s Law makes information on “serious” and “high-risk” sex offenders in their local community available to adults and organizations. 


The information available includes:

            - Name and known aliases;

            - Age and sex;

            - Physical description, including scars, marks and tattoos;

            - Photograph, if available;

            - Crimes resulting in registration;

            - County of residence;

            - Zip code (based on last registration)


The Cuesta College Police Department does not maintain a public database of registrants at Cuesta College.  Information regarding registered sex offenders on campus may be obtained by viewing the Megan’s Law web site:  An offender’s campus involvement will be listed as a secondary registration location.


Risk Reduction/Safe Habits

The following safe habits are offered as a way to reduce the risk of sexual assault:

  • At night, avoid walking alone in any part of the campus that is isolated and/or dark.

  • If you feel unsafe, call the Cuesta College Police Department 805-546-3205 on the San Luis Obispo Campus or 805-591-6205 on the North County (Paso Robles) Campus to use the escort service.

  • Learn the locations of Emergency Phones on campus (refer to Emergency Call Boxes, Page 6) and use them if you see anyone or anything that looks suspicious

  • At home, lock your doors and never admit strangers

  • Avoid parties or gatherings where “getting wasted” is the primary goal.  Know your limits, and limit the amount of alcohol you consume.

  • Do not leave beverages unattended and do not take any beverages, including alcohol, from someone you do not know well or trust.

  • Communicate your limits to your partner or friend.

  • If you say “no,” make it a firm, short and clear statement.

  • Arrive with friends, leave with friends.


Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assaults


Cuesta College does not tolerate and prohibits dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking in any form.


Cuesta College is committed to ensuring that students, employees, and visitors who have been sexually assaulted are treated with sensitivity, dignity and confidentiality and are provided with medical treatment, counseling assistance, and resource information specific to sexual assault.  Every effort is made to ensure that our educational environment promotes and assists prompt reporting of sexual assaults and provides compassionate support services for survivors (Survivor is used rather than victim to denote the positive, potentially healing strength of the individual who was assaulted).  Sexual assaults are crimes that happen to both men and women.  All survivors of sexual assault, regardless of gender, receive the same services and support resources.  Sexual assault includes, but is not necessarily limited to, acts or attempted acts of rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by foreign object, and sexual battery.  If requested by the survivor, Cuesta College personnel will assist in notifying the appropriate law enforcement authorities as well as other treatment services.


Upon reporting a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, whether or not the offense occurred on or off campus, the survivor will be given a handbook that provides information her/his  student or employee rights as well as existing services available, both on-campus and in the community:




            -Mental Health

            -Victim Advocacy

            -Legal Assistance

            -Other services available for survivors and helpers


Additionally, Cuesta College will provide, as necessary, options for the survivor to choose should her/his academic situation, work environment, or transportation needs change as a result of the assault.  Reasonable accommodations will be granted, whether or not the victim chooses to report the crime to law enforcement authorities. All of the aforementioned services will be accomplished while maintaining the confidentiality of the survivor (as far as the law allows).

When reporting a crime to the Cuesta College Police Department, confidentiality and the protection of the survivor’s name and identity will be of the highest priority if she or he chooses not to have their name released.  A survivor’s decision to prosecute does not have to be made during the initial report to the police.  Police and college officials, along with an advocate of your choice (RISE, a relative, a close friend) will assist you regarding determining to what extent the subsequent investigation will unfold.  Police and college officials, and your advocate will also answer any questions you may have, explain what options are available, and connect you with counseling and support resources.

If you choose to report to the police, you will be interviewed at a location of your choice.  You will accompanied by an advocate/confidant of your choice (RISE advocate, relative, close friend) who will accompany you during the Police and District Attorney interview’s, forensic exams, and court proceedings. You have a right to ask any questions you wish during the entire process. 

Police officers may arrest the suspect and forward the case to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision regarding filing or not filing charges.  Depending on the circumstances of the case, the suspect could be jailed and retained or released on bail if arrested. 

The Cuesta College Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and/or advocates can assist you in obtaining a restraining order against the suspect. After the assault, if you should feel threatened by the suspect, you should immediately contact the nearest law enforcement agency to assist you. 

Sexual Assault Procedures

Cuesta College will not tolerate sexual assault in any form.  Even if the survivor or criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, Cuesta College can pursue disciplinary action if the assailant is a student, staff, or faculty member.  If the incident involves someone under the age of 18 years old, the appropriate legal guidelines and notifications will be followed.  Incidents involving non-members of Cuesta College community will be processed according to local and state laws.

Cuesta College is committed to conducting a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution in dealing with sexual assault investigations.  The standard by which the final determination regarding guilt, will be a preponderance of evidence, based on Title IX guidelines.

Possible sanctions to be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure regarding rape, acquaintance rape or other sex offenses, may be one or any combination of the following:

                        - Warning

                        - Censure

                        - Disciplinary Probation

                        - Interim Suspension

                        - Suspension

                        - Dismissal

                        - Expulsion

                        - Psychological counseling and/or assessment


In sexual assault cases, the accuser and the accused (in Clery/SaVE terminology, the Complainant and the Respondent) are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present including the opportunity to be accompanied by the advisor of their choice during a campus disciplinary proceeding. Both shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging the sexual assault.

Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by officials who, at a minimum, receive training on:
- the issues related to dating violence , domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking
- how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims 
  and promotes accountability.  

Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed, in writing, of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging sexual assault.

Disciplinary Proceedings

Disciplinary proceedings at Cuesta College are governed by guidelines contained in the Cuesta College Board of Trustees Manual Section 6200.3 - Student Discipline.  A student(s) may be disciplined for improper conduct when such conduct is a part of any college activity. 

The Vice President – Student Services (VPSS) or a designee may appoint faculty, student, individual, or committee advisors, to consider potential disciplinary action, but has the final authority for administration of student discipline except that expulsion requires the approval by the Superintendent/President of the college.  Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by officials who, at a minimum, receive training on:

-the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking

-how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims 

 and promotes accountability.


The VPSS or designee may impose any discipline provided herein when there is a reason to believe that substantial grounds exist for such discipline.  During the term of any discipline which does not terminate student status, students continue to be subject to District policies, regulations, and procedures.


Students charged with misconduct shall be provided with written notice to meet with the VPSS or designee regarding the basis for possible disciplinary action.  The notice must be given at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled appointment.  This meeting should include a written statement of the charges facing the student and will include a reasonable opportunity for the student(s) to personally answer the charges.

Appealing the Discipline

The appeal process is basically divided into three levels.  At Level 1, the reviewing body is the Appeals Committee.  At Level 2, the appeal is made to the Cuesta College Superintendent/President.  The Level 3 process requires that the appeal be made to the Board of Trustees when dismissal or expulsion has been imposed.


Once discipline is handed down, the student(s) shall either accept the disciplinary action, if any, or within forty-eight (48) hours (two school days) following receipt of the written notice of proposed disciplinary action, file at the office of the VPSS or designee a written notice of intent to appeal to the Student Conduct Appeals Committee. 


For a more detailed explanation of the various levels of discipline as well as additional information regarding the entire discipline process, please refer to the Cuesta College Board of Trustee Policy Section 6200.3 – Student Discipline.

Reporting the Sexual Assault

If you are a victim of sexual assault, please do the following:

-Go to a safe place as soon as you can. Your safety is your first concern

-Call the Cuesta College Police Department, (805)546-3205 or from a campus phone x3911. If the attack occurred in an incorporated city call the local police agency (phone numbers are located on the last two pages of this document) or the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department at (805)781-4550

-Try to preserve all the physical evidence of the assault. Do not wash, use the toilet, bathe or change clothing if you can avoid it. If you must change clothes, place all clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper, no plastic, bag.

-Get medical attention immediately

-Call a sexual assault advocate/counselor, friend, family member, or someone you trust for support and assistance.






Cuesta College strongly encourages all members of the campus community who believe they are victims of sexual assault to immediately report the incident to the Cuesta College Police Department or the police agency of the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.  Timely reporting to the police is an important factor in the subsequent investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases should the survivor desire.  Survivors of sexual assault are not required to pursue prosecution, even if you report the crime to a police agency.


Reasons to report the crime to a police agency include:

            -It may prevent someone else from being a victim.

            -It will safeguard your rights for future prosecution.

            -If done in the first 72 hours will allow for valuable evidence to be gathered.

            -It increases the chances of apprehending and prosecuting the suspect.

            -It ensures that funds may be available for medical exams and emergency care.

            -It attests to the fact that the sexual assault happened, and the survivor’s voice                     is heard, and not silenced.

            -It can help support the cases of other survivors who previously reported a crime

             committed by the same suspect.



Sexual assault survivors who need immediate assistance and counseling and do not want to file a police report can speak with a sexual assault counselor from RISE (Respect, Inspire, Support, Empower). RISE maintains a 24-hour crisis line (855-886-RISE or 7473) and 24-hour response capabilities.  RISE counselors will explain what options are available, will provided and assist the survivor in obtaining resources and referrals, and will provide emotional support.

Cuesta College Counseling Services (805-546-3138) are available to students at no cost.  Counseling sessions are considered to be privileged and the holder of the privilege is the sexual assault survivor.  If the survivor does not want a report taken, none will be taken.  You do not have to file a police report to receive counseling.  The psychologist will not disclose information to the police without the consent of the survivor, unless there is an immediate life threatening situation.

Medical care and services through the Student Health Center are available to Cuesta College students at no or minimal costs.  It must be noted that medical professionals are required by law to notify the police whenever they provide treatment for injuries resulting from violent crimes including sexual assaults, however, it is not required that the patient file a police report or proceed with prosecution.  Medical records and your treatment remain confidential and will be released to anyone without your written consent.

Cuesta College is bound by State statute to uphold the right to confidentiality of any survivor who contacts the College to report an incident of sexual assault.  The College will not take any action without the survivor’s consent, prior knowledge, and /or permission.  Any violation of the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 41301, by a student or recognized student organization, and any violation of faculty or other employee codes of conduct concerning sexual assault will be investigated for possible disciplinary and/or legal action.



Phone Numbers For Sexual Assault Survivors

Cuesta College Counseling Services                   546-3138

Cuesta College Health Services                          546-3171

RISE (Respect,Inspire,Support,Empower)           545-8888

San Luis Obispo HOTLINE                                 549-8989

Arroyo Grande Police Department                      473-5100

Atascadero Police Department                           461-5051

Grover Beach Police Department                        473-4511

Morro Bay Police Department                            772-6335

Paso Robles Police Department                          237-6464

Pismo Beach Police Department                         773-2208

San Luis Obispo Police Department                    781-7317

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department     781-4550