Campus Safety

The Department of Public Safety provides law enforcement, security, and emergency services to the Saint Mary’s College communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Department of Public Safety consists of 15 non-sworn personnel and 1 parking coordinator.  The Department oversees the handling of emergency medical responses, medical escort services, fire safety and detection, crime prevention, safety escorts, and parking enforcement.

Public Safety will gather information on complaints and violations of Saint Mary’s College policy.  Depending on the circumstances of the report, local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies may be involved in the investigations which may result in the filing of criminal charges through the State Judicial System and/or complaints referred to the Office of Student Life.

The Department provides a wide range of services designed to inform students and employees about ways to increase security on campus: release of a police log to the campus, vehicle and foot patrol, crime prevention presentations, presentations during Orientation, and a safety escort program, vehicle assistance, room lock-out assistance, and property lost and found.

Members of the Department of Public Safety check exterior doors on a random basis. Exterior residence hall doors are locked 24 hours a day. Classroom and administrative buildings are secured at the conclusion of normally scheduled business hours. These hours may vary given the events scheduled for each building or campus site.

The College community can contact the Department of Public Safety at 925-631-4282.

Saint Mary’s College Emergency Alert System

Livesafe is Saint Mary’s Emergency Alert System, which sends rapid alerts and instructions to all members of the SMC College community in the event of an emergency.

Through this system, the College is able to deliver emergency notices simultaneously, text-messaging and email to the entire student, faculty and staff population within minutes.

The effectiveness of this system depends upon individuals providing up-to-date personal contact information. We ask you to partner with the College in registering your cell phone number, as well as other emergency contact information, so that College officials can communicate with you wherever you happen to be in the case of a campus-wide emergency.

The new system augments existing emergency communications tools long used by the college, including web postings, e-mail and automated message line, but will take advantage of new technologies to support a fully integrated and coordinated emergency communications program.

How you can participate Providing current information is the best way to ensure that you will be reached in the event of an emergency. Please take a few minutes now to register or update your contact information. All information is secure and confidential.  Please see the Livesafe tab on the Public Safety webpage.