The Care Program

Campus communities nation-wide are concerned over issues involving personal safety in the university environment. San Francisco State University shares this concern and accepts its responsibility to develop and implement programs designed to ensure that its students, faculty, and staff enjoy their years at San Francisco State as free as possible from threats to their personal safety or well-being.

One such program is the San Francisco State Campus Alliance for a Risk-free Environment. C.A.R.E. is a student security team employed, trained, and supervised by your University Police Department.

Hours Available

Your C.A.R.E. Team members are available to serve you from sunset to midnight seven days a week. Regular University Police Officers will be available for escort service when C.A.R.E. members are not on duty. To arrange for your escort CALL 338-7200, then press -0-, and tell the dispatcher where you would prefer to be met. Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for C.A.R.E. to arrive.


Students applying for membership on the C.A.R.E. Team are accepted only after successful fingerprint screening and a thorough background check.


All new C.A.R.E. Team members will be required to attend sensitivity and diversity orientation sessions, Sexual Assault reporting, and general Crime Prevention training modules presented by the University Police Department. DPRC also provides training to all C.A.R.E. team members.


C.A.R.E. Team members work under the direct supervision of the on-duty Patrol Sergeant or Watch Commander of the University Police Department.


C.A.R.E. Team members serving our community can be readily identified by their distinctive attire. While on duty, each member will be wearing a red polo shirt with the San Francisco State University Police Department in white on the front, and C.A.R.E. written in large white letters down the back. Members may also wear a red jacket with C.A.R.E. written down the back in large white letters. All team members will be equipped with a two-way radio for direct contact with the University Police Department Dispatch Center and will carry flashlights for lighting assistance where required.

Services Provided

While C.A.R.E. Team members will be trained to offer a wide variety of services to the university community, their primary responsibility will be to provide personal escorts and additional building security during evening and night time hours. Team members will be available to escort you to and from your classroom, laboratory or office, to your car, or to your campus apartment. While most escorts are provided by walking, an electric cart escort is available under special circumstances.

Nighttime Carts

Nighttime on-campus transportation is available to all students with temporary or permanent disabilities. This service is available Monday through Friday, 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Shuttle cart rides may be scheduled in advance or requested by telephone as needed.

Advanced appointments for each semester can be made with the Parking and Transportation staff, by calling the Parking and Transportation Office at (415) 338-1441, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. They can also be made using the online application form or by fax at (415) 338- 0529. Advanced appointments cannot be set up during the evening hours. All individuals must register with the DPRC. To register call (415) 338-2472.

To request a shuttle cart ride during the evening just call (415) 338-7200, then press -0-. There are yellow phones throughout campus. An escort will arrive within 20 minutes and give shuttle cart rides anywhere on campus.  Escorts can walk you off campus within a one block radius.

For any questions concerning the Campus Alliance for a Risk-free Environment, please contact University Police Interim Chief Reginald Parson or C.A.R.E. program coordinator, Patricia Tolar at 338-1441.